Resources for Postdocs

Resources for Postdoctoral Fellows

Campus Resources

NEW! Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholar Writing Center The Center offers writing support programs for graduate students to refine their writing and communication skills. Individual writing consultations, writing groups, workshops, retreats, and in-person and virtual appointments are available with support from the center’s doctoral writing fellows and a faculty fellow, who will focus on grant writing skills. Appointment times, center hours, and writing resources coming soon!

Dining Services: Postdocs have the opportunity to choose any meal plan options with the University dining program (traditional meal or ODA). More information can be found at this link.

Library Loan Information: Postdocs fall under the Ph.D. category; they are allowed to borrow books 6 months at a time and renew them twice for 6 months at a time. More information at the following link

Career Center: Postdocs can take advantage of the services/events offered by the University Career Center.

Parking Information: Postdocs are classified as faculty/staff so they may park at faculty/staff locations on campus. More info at the following link.

UREC Information: Postdocs are classified as faculty/staff regarding membership rates.

Professional Development Resources

National Postdoctoral Association – Charlotte postdocs are eligible to sign up for a FREE affiliate membership to the The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). The NPA seeks sustainable change and improvement for the postdoctoral experience through collaboration with all stakeholders. The NPA’s key program activities are focused on three key areas: Advocacy and Education, Resource Development, and Community Building. To create your affiliate membership, visit the membership invitation page to register with a new account.

National Postdoctoral Association Career Center – Provides a specialized place where employers can post jobs either for postdocs or early career researchers in a multitude of areas and postdocs can upload their resume or CV for free to apply.

Core Competencies – the NPA provides 6 core competencies identified as critical for success in (and outside) academia. The NPA also provides a self-assessment checklist to assess your core competencies.

myIDP – Individual Development Plan – The Individual Development Plan (IDP) concept is commonly used in industry to help employees define and pursue their career goals. In 2003, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) proposed an IDP framework for postdoctoral fellows in the sciences. Expanding on that framework, myIDP is a unique, web-based career-planning tool tailored to meet the needs of Ph.D. students and postdocs in the sciences. Watch this video on how to take the first step in developing an IDP.

Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellowship Program – The purpose of the Program is to develop scholars from underrepresented groups for possible tenure track appointments at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and other research universities. Postdoctoral scholars will be engaged full-time in research, are required to be in residence each semester, and may teach only one course per fiscal year

Minority Postdoc – The premier web portal on the minority postdoctoral experience featuring news, articles, resources, and events about jobs, career advice, professional development, funding, fellowships, mentoring, and diversity issues.

Imagine PhD – ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Humanities and social sciences Ph.D. students and their mentors have long recognized the need for more resources to help bridge the knowledge gap between doctoral education and the realm of career possibilities. ImaginePhD is designed to meet this need by allowing users to:

  • Assess their career-related skills, interests, and values
  • Explore careers paths appropriate to their disciplines
  • Create self-defined goals
  • Map out the next steps for career and professional development success

Career Planning Resources (NPA) – A list of career planning resources from the National Postdoctoral Association, including resources for self-assessment, career exploration, and skill development.

Off-Campus Resources

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Negotiation Tips

AAUW: A general job negotiating course for women AND anyone of any gender. It’s highly recommended you work through it and complete the provided guide before any negotiation.

The Muse: Avoid negotiating over email; try to initiate a phone follow-up before accepting the position.

UCSF- Office of Career and Professional Development: Learn more about negotiating for a faculty position.

Naturejobs-Top 10 tips on negotiating start-up packages: Nature Jobs offers helpful advice that any new faculty member should consider when trying to get the best deal to carry out their research.

Negotiating Your Start-Up Packages: This provides a general outline of the negotiation.

The right Start-UP Packages for Beginning Science Professors, shares on starting negotiations with the correct attitude and mindset when entering the field.