The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies suggests you utilize some of these resources to find support in areas such as job search skills, job offer negotiation, grant writing, and lab management.
How-to Guides from ScienceCareers.org
Guides providing advice on a number of skills such as interviewing, networking, obtaining funding, and managing a lab.
Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty
In 2006, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) released a new edition of this excellent publication. The contents are derived from BWF-HHMI courses in lab leadership and management. In this free PDF, you will find advice on topics such as obtaining a faculty position; project management; data management and laboratory notebooks; getting published; and teaching and course design.
The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB): Careers
Access free PDF versions of three career books: Career Advice for Life Scientists; Career Advice for Life Scientists II; and Life Sciences Research & Teaching: Strategies for the Successful Job Hunt, along with a collection of career strategy articles from the society’s newsletter.
The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Career Planning Resources
The NPA advocates for postdocs nationwide, endeavoring to improve the postdoctoral experience. This section of their site highlights NPA and other career resources.
- Interested in exploring careers in and outside of academia? Don't miss the NPA section on Career Options for PhDs.
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Individual Development Plan for Postdoctoral Fellows
Individual development plans are a beneficial tool for the postdoctoral experience. This plan is one version that you could complete and discuss with your faculty advisor. For more information about the utility of plans, see "Planning for a positive postdoc."
The Postdoc Experience: Taking a Long Term View
"You have to be proactive and get the experience you will need for your future career."