Resources for Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral training is a valuable time to expand research skills, develop independence, and shape career trajectories. In CDB you will find a vibrant community of postdoctoral researchers who are developing their professional skills under the mentorship of an experienced researcher. Postdoc-run monthly meetings provide opportunities to present your research and give/get feedback, learn about career opportunities, develop skills, and engage with other fellows. This time may be used to discuss and plan departmental events, such as the annual retreat and hosting seminar speakers. We require an annual Individual Development Plan (IDP) designed to stimulate honest contemplation regarding your professional development by allowing you to share your self-assessment,
career goals, objectives, and skills with your mentor, and to develop a concrete action plan.

Prospective postdocs are encouraged to spend some time exploring the CDB website and contacting individual faculty labs of interest for more information.

The University of Michigan PostDoctoral Association – UMPDA – is a volunteer organization whose main objective is to represent the interests and issues of postdoctoral fellows at the University of Michigan. We are dedicated to providing career development and networking opportunities for postdoctoral fellows throughout their tenure at the University of Michigan and beyond. 

Michigan Pioneer Fellows Program - a competitive postdoctoral fellowship program awarding financial and mentoring support to highly motivated and accomplished post-doctoral fellows bound for research-intensive careers.

Rackham Orientation Sessions - monthly orientation sessions designed for newly arrived postdocs. Orientations include information about the role of postdoctoral fellows at Michigan, working with your P.I./advisor, campus resources, benefits, and the UMPDA. 

University of Michigan’s Standard Practice Guide (SPG) on Postdoctoral Research Fellows

U-M Postdoctoral Handbook. Download the U-M Postdoctoral Handbook, which includes information on all aspects of your experience as a postdoc at Michigan and in Ann Arbor.

Postdoctoral Statistics. U-M is sharing a number of figures about postdoctoral fellows for those considering careers in the biomedical sciences and those wishing to learn more about postdocs.

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