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Current Postdocs

Current Postdocs

Congratulations! You have chosen Texas A&M Health Science Center for your postdoctoral training. We will go to great lengths to make your training experience a success. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs provides professional development, mentoring, and career exploration opportunities to allow you to succeed.

Benefits

All postdoctoral positions that are benefits-eligible receive a competitive benefits package during their training. More information on Texas A&M's benefits.

Orientation

Becoming oriented with your new working environment is an important step in your training. For this purpose, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs hosts a quarterly New Postdoc Orientation that introduces postdocs to their benefits package, processes, resources and programming that make the postdoctoral training more productive and facilitate professional and career growth. Registration is required for this event. Check out our postdoc events calendar to find out when the next orientation will be held.

Career Mentoring Program

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a mapping tool for your professional and career development.

The IDP is required by NSF and all NIH training grants. It is also recommended by NIH for all other granting mechanisms. All Texas A&M Health Science Center postdoctoral trainees are encouraged to have a current IDP that is reviewed and discussed with their PI.

To help with this effort, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs developed a mentoring program that utilizes the IDP to guide postdocs in their career development. The program is available to all first and second year postdocs.

Interested in the program? Register here:

 

Professional Development

Whatever your career goals are, your success in reaching those goals requires professional development. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs provides first-rate interactive workshops and activities to enhance the technical training you are receiving in the lab. In addition, getting involved in the Postdoctoral Association will improve your leadership, management and interpersonal skills. The postdoc calendar is updated regularly with events hosted by Postdoctoral Affairs and the Postdoctoral Association, as well as other departments across Texas A&M University that provide educational opportunities relevant to postdocs.

Spring Course: Career Development for the PhD Scholar

In an effort to fulfill the need for career exploration and job search preparation, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the College of Medicine Graduate Program created a special topics course. Students learn to develop professional documents, search job listings, improve interview and presentation skills and evaluate their personal strengths. In addition, attendees investigate careers available to the PhD scholar. This course is offered every spring semester. Materials from the last career development course presented: Career Development for the PhD Scholar.

Responsible Conduct of Research

The NIH requires researchers to receive training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). The College of Medicine Graduate Program offers a classroom course every fall that is open to postdoctoral researchers. In addition, postdocs have the opportunity to gain teaching and leadership skills by leading group discussions with graduate students. Email postdocaffairs@tamhsc.edu for more information.

Alternatively, an online course is available through Texas A&M University’s Office of Research Compliance and Biosafety through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

Postdoc Writing Group

Are you looking for support and feedback for your writing projects? Join your peers at the Postdoc Writing Group. Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Check out the postdoc calendar for more details. Join anytime – all you need is a laptop and a current writing project, plus the willingness to give and receive feedback.