Professional development for postdoctoral research trainees within the Division is supported by numerous events and activities throughout the year, offered both by OGPS and with partner Departments/Centers. Professional development topics include Navigating the Publication Process, Communicating Your Science, How to Negotiate an Academic Job Offer, Financial Stewardship, Grantsmanship, Conflict Management, Negotiation Skills, and Career Panels.
Career Resources at Brown University
Brown University has several resources available to postdoctoral researchers both on campus and online:
Versatile PhD - New! Versatile PhD is a web-based community that demystifies nonacademic careers and provides peer and professional support for advanced graduate students and PhDs interested in careers beyond the academy. Supported by subscriptions from member institutions, Versatile PhD allows you to network with "Versatile PhDs" in and out of the academy through web chat, career panel discussions, and related events. Learn how others have leveraged their graduate education for professional success! All current discussion, panels, forums, etc are available now for the STEM fields, but the STEM archives will only become available starting July 1, 2014. Access to Versatile PhD is password protected for members of the Brown University community.
BioCareers - An online career service dedicated to expanding professional options for life science PhDs and MDs. The service provides online career resources and job postings to post-graduate and alumni candidates, and recruitment services to employers. Membership is free when you register using your Brown email address. *Please note that as of January 1, 2015, Brown will no longer be sponsoring BioCareers memberships. Individuals who wish to continue using the site may want to explore BioCareers' individual membership options, some of which come with fees. Please see the BioCareers job seekers FAQ page for details.
CareerLAB welcomes postdocs to attend their many programs. In collaboration with the Sheridan Center, the Academic Job Search Series covers the process, resources and timelines of conducting an effective job search for tenure track or other research positions in higher education. CareerLAB also offers programming related to career options beyond academia in business, government, non-profits and research settings. The graduate student sections on the CareerLAB website will be helpful for post-docs seeking either academic and non-academic job search.
Writing Center provides individual and group writing support free of charge to any member of the Brown community. Writing Center staff help students with all stages of the writing process, from finding a topic through drafting, revising, and final editing.
The Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning offers postdocs and junior faculty four year-long Teaching Certificate Programs designed to help participants develop a reflective teaching practice, improve their effectiveness as an instructor and prepare for careers in higher education. Space is limited, so register early if you wish to participate offers postdocs and junior faculty teaching orientation programs, several teaching and learning events including several levels of teaching certificates. In addition the these programs, the Center offers the following free, confidential consultations for members of the Brown teaching community:
- Teaching Observations
- Departmental Micro-Teaching
- Course Consultations
- Student Evaluations Consultation
- Presentation Consultations: Conferences & Poster Sessions
- Grants: Educational Components
- Preparing for the Academic Job Market
Center for Computation and Visualization (CCV) offers three levels of Certificates in High-Performance Computing (HPC) for Brown postdoctoral researchers who complete workshops in topics ranging from basic to advanced. The goal of this program is to help train participants with diverse backgrounds to use computing more effectively in their research at Brown and beyond. The program's focus is on practical and timely knowledge that participants can apply immediately to their own research and that, in the long term, will broaden their career options in both academia and industry.
Faculty and Postdoc Positions at Brown University and Affiliated Hospitals are posted online.
LinkedIn - Network, keep in touch, and identify interest groups with similar research interests on Brown University BioMed Postdocs & Graduate Students LinkedIn Group. OGPS uses this professional online resource to communicate important professional development information to postdocs, including open positions of interest to the BioMed postdoc community. Join LinkedIn, then search for the Brown University BioMed Postdocs & Graduate Students group.
Career Resources Outside Brown University
Professional development tools available to postdoctoral researchers outside Brown University:
- ASM-GAP - Graduate & Postdoc Opportunities website (American Society of Microbiology) is your entry to professional skills development in grantsmanship, scientific publishing, scientific presentations, teaching and mentoring, scientific ethics, career planning, and networking
- Interfolio - Credential Service Offers individuals one central place to store their most important documents, while also providing the means to distribute these materials to any institution
- HHMI - Lab Management - Resources for the Development of Early Career Scientists (Includes link to book "Making the Right Moves")
- BioSciEdNet - BioSciEdNet (BEN) is a digital library portal for teaching and learning in the biological sciences. The BEN Portal provides access to education resources and is managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Over 19,290 reviewed resources covering 77 biological sciences topics are available. BEN resources can help you engage student interest, shorten lesson preparation time, provide concept updates, and develop curricula that are in line with national standards for content, use of animals and humans, and student safety. For more information and to complete a free registration in order to use the service, visit the BEN portal.
Specific Publications and Blogs pertaining to the professional growth of postdocs:
- Burroughs Wellcome - Career Development Resources include articles, career guides, and science career blog
- Career Trends - Careers Away from the Bench
- Science Career Magazine Article on how to dress for interviews; includes a section featuring former Associate Dean Nancy Thompson
- Nature Reviews Articles: How to succeed in science: a concise guide for young biomedical scientists:
- Science Careers, Career Directory 2013
Professional Organizations of interest to BioMed postdocs:
- Keystone Symposia - A non-profit organization dedicated to connecting the scientific community for the benefit of society, holding scientific conferences on biomedical/life science topics
- Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)