The postdoctoral years make up an important phase for an early career scientist. This is a time for extensive training, exposure to new ideas, and exploring options for the future. Who you train with will have a big impact on where you go next. Finding a mentor that works best for you and your needs is vital for your long-term success and happiness.
The Office of Postdoctoral Studies does not provide placement services, however we are happy to share advice about the hiring process at the University of Michigan Medical School:
- All prospective postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to reach out to individual investigators through our Michigan Experts database or speak with your current supervisor/thesis mentor for recommendations.
- Eligible recruits can also apply to our annual Postdoc Preview event for a fully-funded visit and interviews with prospective mentors.
- You should begin the process of searching for a postdoctoral position within a year of completing your graduate degree and/or defending your thesis.
Tips for a Successful Postdoctoral Search
Here are some questions to help guide you on your quest for a postdoctoral position:
- Do they have the research I want to do?
- Do they have a mentor that matches my interests?
- Can I visit the lab?
- Can I speak with current trainees to ask them about their experiences?
- Will this mentor support time outside of the lab to attend events, seminars and other professional development?
- Would I be the type of person who will do well there?
- What type of person would thrive there?
- What type of person would be frustrated?
- Where are the last few trainees now?
- What do I need to be happy?