skip to main content

Resources for Postdocs

Resources for Postdocs

Texas A&M School of Medicine is a phenomenal place to begin your research career. With more than 300 faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and staff engaged in a variety of research fields, collaboration and engagement are a top-priority.

Whether your career path is in academia or industry, as a consultant or medical science liaison or something else entirely, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is here to support you. There are many resources at Texas A&M and beyond that can help you achieve success in your career. Explore the information provided here and utilize our office as a resource in your career exploration.

Finding a Mentor or Postdoctoral Position (for prospective postdocs)

Research in the School of Medicine is organized around six broadly defined research areas. If you are a prospective postdoc, finding the right lab or mentor is important as you take this next step in your career. Explore the Research Focus Areas webpages to find out what our faculty are up to with their research.

Texas A&M School of Medicine faculty who are seeking postdoctoral applicants utilize the Texas A&M Health's job site to post open positions. If you do not find the position that fits your interests or skills, contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at

Living in a New Community

Living in a new community can be daunting, especially for those living in a new country for the first time. We have compiled some resources to help you as you settle into your respective community. Learn more about our local communities.

Benefits, Wellness and Employee Relations

Most postdoctoral positions are considered full-time staff positions and therefore are benefits-eligible. They receive the same competitive benefits package as all other employees and are protected by the same rules, regulations and procedures, including paid and parental leave, FMLA, etc. Visit the Employee Relations webpage.

International Postdocs

We are happy that you have chosen Texas A&M University Health Science Center to pursue your postdoctoral training. Texas A&M University's office of Immigration Services for Faculty & Scholars is charged with providing support and guidance relating to the employment of foreign nationals.

New Postdoc Orientation

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs offers New Postdoctoral Orientation for new postdoctoral scholars each quarter (January, April, July & October). This orientation will allow new postdocs to connect with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the Texas A&M Health Postdoctoral Association and other fellow postdocs. It will also introduce them to the resources and services available to them. New postdocs should receive announcements about orientation when registration begins. You can also find information on our events calendar. If you don’t receive these announcements, please email

Professional Development Events

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 Texas A&M Health 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.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has a YouTube channel with professional development videos available for your viewing.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

The NIH requires researchers to receive training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). The School 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 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).

Career Exploration

In an effort to fulfill the need for career exploration and job search preparation, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the School of Medicine Graduate Program created a special topics course. Students learned to develop professional documents, search job listings, improve interview and presentation skills and evaluate their personal strengths. In addition, attendees investigated careers available to the PhD scholar. This course is not currently offered, but materials from the last career development course are available at: Career Development for the PhD Scholar.

Other career explorations resources are:

Helpful documents for postdocs: