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1 Postdocs: What are they and how do I find one? Dr. Nicole Michel and Dr. Lori Bradford PDFs, School of Environment & Sustainability, University of Dr. Alex Bond VRF, Environment Canada and University of

2 What is a postdoc?

3 Who are postdocs?

4 Do I need a postdoc?

5 Outline I. Introduction II. General advice for selecting a postdoc III. Writing your own postdoc IV. Applying for existing postdocs V. Networking to find a postdoc VI. Is a postdoc for me? VII. Group discussion of any other postdoc- related issues, questions, and concerns.

6 Who are we?  Dr. Nicole Michel, SENS  Ph.D., Tulane University, May 2012  Lecturer, Tulane University, Fall 2012  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, U Sask, Jan 2013 –  Dr. Alex Bond, Environment Canada  Ph.D., Memorial University of Newfoundland, August 2011  Postdoc, University of Saskatchewan Biology,  Visiting Research Fellow, Environment Canada, 2013 –  Dr. Lori Bradford, SENS  Ph.D., Lincoln University, Dec 2009  Part-time Professor and Lecturer, Jan 2010 – Apr 2011  Postdoctoral Fellow, Lakehead University, Aug - Oct 2011  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, USask, Oct 2012 –  Mother and wife

7 I. Introduction A. What is a postdoc? B. What kinds of postdocs are there? C. Who are postdocs?

8 What is a postdoc?  “Postdoc” refers both to a type of employment, and the person who does that work  Typically short-term (1-5 year) teaching and/or research positions held shortly after the PhD  Preparation for professional/academic career  First postdoc: 1876 at Johns Hopkins  Number of postdocs increasing  1975: 16,000  1995: 35,000  Today: >50,000

9 What kinds of postdocs are there?  Postdocs available in:  Academia  Industry/Non-profits  Government  Postdocs may consist of:  Research Independent Existing  Teaching  Service Oregon State University Postdoc job titles

10 The Canadian postdoc stratigraphy: ½ men, ½ women (53:47%) ½ completed highest degree outside of Canada Average postdoc is in their 30’s and married (69%) Most expect to hold postdoc positions for 3-5 years (70%) 1 in 3 have dependent children 2/3 earn less than $45000 and have no access to benefits 46% Life Science, 32% in Physical Sciences or Engineering, 14% in Social Sciences Most are happy with work environment and independence, but most are concerned with salary, career development, professional training, benefits More than half not exposed to career opportunities outside academia, 87% have no access to career counselling Can be labelled “employee, student, trainee, intern, independent contractor” *2013 The Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars/L'Association Canadienne de Stagiaires Post- doctoraux (CAPS-ACSP) and Mitacs.

11 GENERAL ADVICE FOR SELECTING A POSTDOC Dr. Nicole Michel, PDF, SENS

12 Ten Simple Rules for Selecting a Postdoctoral PositionTen Simple Rules for Selecting a Postdoctoral Position (Bourne & Friedberg 2006) 1. Select a position that excites you 2. Select a laboratory that suits your work and lifestyle 3. Select a laboratory and project that develop new skills – diversify! 4. Have a backup plan(s) 5. Choose a project with tangible outcomes that match your career goals

13 Ten Simple Rules for Selecting a Postdoctoral PositionTen Simple Rules for Selecting a Postdoctoral Position (Bourne & Friedberg 2006) 6. Negotiate first authorship before you start 7. The time in a postdoctoral fellowship should be finite 8. Evaluate the growth path  Can you continue this research and take it with you? 9. Strive to get your own money 10. Learn to recognize opportunities and up-and- coming areas of research

14 Selecting a mentor and lab  Is this person active in their field?  What topics are the lab (graduate students, postdocs) working on? Will you fit in?  Will this person be a good colleague and mentor?  Ask around to get the “inside scoop”  What is the funding situation?  Just because they say they have/will have money doesn’t mean it’s true  Can you live in that city/region for a few years?

15 Survey: what to look for in a postdoc

16 You’ve received an offer – now what?  Make sure this is really the position you want  Confirm the following in writing:  Salary  Benefits  Start and end dates  Expectations of your research, teaching, and service commitments  Evaluate the institution  Make sure you will be done with your PhD before the start date (allow some time off, if possible)

17 What to expect as a postdoc  Get your project up and running quickly  Often doing dissertation-level work in 2 years  Publish, publish, publish  Network, network, network (in and beyond dept.)  Participate in seminars & group research projects  Look for supplemental funding opportunities  Teach a course and/or mentor students (academics)  Keep applying for “real” jobs

18 MAKING YOUR OWN POSTDOC IN CANADA (BIOLOGY) Dr. Alex Bond Postdoctoral Fellow Environment Canada / University of Saskatchewan LabAndField.wordpress.comLabAndField.wordpress.com

19 Start early  At least months before you want to start a postdoc  Account for application deadlines  E.g., NSERC PDF applications due in October the year before you want to start  Identify a potential supervisor early on and develop a proposal together  One proposal can be easily modified for several competitions

20 Making your own postdoc  Using existing pools of unfettered money  Funds go with you, not your supervisor/lab  Highly competitive  Few sources

21 NSERC  4 main programs  Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF)  Industrial R&D Fellowships (IRDF)  Visiting Fellowships in Government Labs (VF)  Banting Fellowships (with SSHRC & CIHR)

22 NSERC PDF Program  $40,000/year for 2 years  Applications due to NSERC on 15 Oct  Similar to PGS application  2-page research proposal  List of publications  Significant contributions to R&D  Letters of reference

23 NSERC PDF Program  Canadian citizens or permanent residents only  PhD completed no more than 2 years before application deadline  Only get one shot!  2013 applications: 808 Down from 2011 high: 1431 applications  2013 awards: 110 Down from 2010 high: 286 awards

24 NSERC PDF Success Rate

25 NSERC IRDF Program  $45,000/year (minimum) for 2 years  No set application deadline  Notification of decision within 8 weeks of submission  No proposal required – just an industrial partner & satisfying eligibility criteria  PhD completed in the last 5 years  No set competition – depends on candidates finding an industrial partner

26 NSERC IRDF Program  Lengthy application procedure, especially if the industrial partner has not had an NSERC IRDF position before  Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and foreign students with a work visa & who completed their PhD in Canada at the time of nomination  No more than 6 months’ employment in R&D after obtaining PhD

27 NSERC VF Program  $49,513/year for up to 3 years  duration depends on government funding; rate is ~90% of entry-level government scientist (RES-01)  No set application deadline  Notification of decision within 3 months  No proposal required – just a federal government lab willing to take you on (or not*) & satisfying eligibility criteria  No set competition – depends on candidates finding a government supervisor

28 NSERC VF Program  Open to anyone of any nationality with a PhD from any accredited institution  If no government partner, applicants can be placed in a pool of “pre-approved” candidates for up to 1 year  Can only ever apply twice  Can only ever hold one VF  Funding in one-year increments

29 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships  $70,000/year for 2 years  EXTENSIVE application process  First selected by supervisor, faculty, and put forward to university  Independent review (coordinated by applicants) of their proposal  University ranks & submits some applications to national competition (number determined by Banting program)  Takes >3 months to compile

30 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships  Application deadline (at Banting): last week of September  University deadline is weeks before  4-page proposal, contributions to R&D, list of publications  70 total across NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR  2013 NSERC pool: 23 awards/180 final applicants

31 Other Funding Schemes  Liber Ero Fellowship Program  Killam Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships  W. Garfield Weston Postdoctoral Fellowship in Northern Research  UBC Biodiversity Research Centre  University of Toronto Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

32 Liber Ero Fellowship Program  $55,000/year +$15,000 for travel & research for 2 years  Applied conservation focus  Requires a collaborating conservation practitioner  4-page proposal, CV, and letters of reference  4 awards every year  Last deadline was 01 November

33 Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships  UBC, University of Calgary, University of Alberta, Dalhousie University UBCUniversity of CalgaryUniversity of Alberta Dalhousie University  Each university runs their own competition  $44,000-50,000/year for 2 years  Application deadlines vary by university (some in the fall, others in winter)  Generally require a proposal, CV, letters of support, …  ~2-4 awarded by each university each year

34 W. Garfield Weston Postdoctoral Fellowship  Canadian Northern Studies Trust  $50,000/year for 2 years + $10,000 for travel  Research in the Canadian North (defined as the permafrost line) permafrost line  Canadian citizens & permanent residents only  PhD within 2 years of the application deadline  Letters of support from supervisor, university; transcripts; research proposal  Deadline: 31 January 2014

35 Biodiversity Research Centre, UBC  NSERC CREATE training program  $43,000/year for 2 years + $7,000/yr research stipend  Research on core problems in biodiversity  Work with one or more of 50 faculty members  All applicants welcome  CV, three letters of reference, statement of overall scientific goals and interests (2 pgs.)  Deadline: 13 January 2014

36 University of Toronto EEB  $40,000/year for 2 years  Work with existing faculty at U of T Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology  CV, representative publications, research summary & future plans  Review starts 25 Nov

37 Other resources  International Scholarships Database (Government of Canada) International Scholarships Database  Applying for existing postdocs

38 WRITING YOUR OWN POSTDOC – US FUNDING SOURCES Nicole Michel, PDF, SENS

39 As in Canada, start early  At least months before you want to start a postdoc  Account for application deadlines  E.g., NSF applications due in autumn the year before you want to start, many private apps. in Jan/Feb  Identify a potential supervisor early on and develop a proposal together  One proposal can be easily modified for several competitions (recycle!)

40 Making your own postdoc in the US  Using existing pools of money  Some funds go with you, not your supervisor/lab, but most funds are linked to specific labs & projects  Highly competitive  Few sources  more than in Canada, but there are also more applicants

41 National Science Foundation  Independent Federal agency created by the National Science Foundation Act of 1950 “to promote the progress of science; [and] to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare by supporting research and education in all fields of science and engineering.”  Multiple divisions, funding sources

42 NSF Postdoctoral research fellowships  Programs are subdivided by research area  Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS-PRF)  Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF)  East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI)*  Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research (MSPRF)  Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability Fellows (SEES)  Ocean Sciences Research Fellowships (OCE-PRF)  Postdoctoral Fellowships in Polar Regions Research (PRR-PRF)†  Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)  Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE-PRF)  Science, Technology, and Society (STS) * For graduate students, must be enrolled at time of application † Suspended April 2013, may be reinstated

43 NSF Postdoctoral research fellowships  Programs are subdivided by research area  Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS-PRF)  Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF)  East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI)*  Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research (MSPRF)  Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability Fellows (SEES)  Ocean Sciences Research Fellowships (OCE-PRF)  Postdoctoral Fellowships in Polar Regions Research (PRR-PRF)†  Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)  Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE-PRF)  Science, Technology, and Society (STS) * For graduate students, must be enrolled at time of application † Suspended April 2013, may be reinstated

44 Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability Fellows (SEES)  “Seeks to advance science, engineering, and education to inform the societal actions needed for environmental and economic sustainability and human well-being while creating the necessary workforce to address these challenges”  Who can apply: US citizen, national, or permanent resident; have the PhD by the start date; <36 months post-PhD. Others may apply through affiliation with universities, colleges, or non-profits.  Stipend: $88,000/yr including benefits  Research funds: $60,000 over 3 years  Indirect: none  Funds transportable: yes if applying as unaffiliated individual  Duration: 3 years  Due dates: November 26, 2013  Number of awards annually:  Application limits: 1 per applicant, no limits per university

45 Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)  Four areas: (1) Broadening Participation in Biology; (2) Intersections of Biology and Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Engineering; (3) National Plant Genome Initiative Postdoctoral Research Fellowships; and (4) International Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology  Who can apply: US citizen, national, or permanent resident; have PhD in science, math, or engineering by the start date; <12 months full-time employed post-PhD; have not accepted academic appointment; have received <$20,000 federal funding (not counting GRFP, DDIG)  Stipend: $54,000/yr  Research funds: $15,000/year (no foreign travel)  Indirect: none  Funds transportable: Yes. May work in US or internationally  Duration: Area 1: 3 yrs + 1 yr teaching (optional); Area 2: 2 yrs + 1 yr abroad (optional) + 1 yr teaching (optional); Area 3: 3 years; Area 4: 2 years  Due dates: October 8, 2013  Number of awards annually: 15 per competitive area  Application limits: 1/year, 2 consecutive per applicant, no limits per university

46 Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE-PRF)  Two tracks: (1) Broadening Participation, (2) Interdisciplinary Research in Behavioral and Social Sciences  Who can apply: US citizen, national, or permanent resident; obtained PhD <24 mos. before application or within 10 mos after deadline; no full-time tenure-track position. Must be affiliated with university or non-profit through which proposal is submitted.  Stipend: $45,000/yr + fringe benefits per institutional rates  Research funds: $10,000/year  Indirect: included at institution’s indirect rate, in addition to stipend & research funds  Funds transportable: No  Duration: 2 years  Due dates: Last Monday in October  Number of awards annually: 15  Application limits: 1/year, 2 consecutive per applicant, no limits per university

47 Science, Technology, and Society (STS)  Research into the interface between science (including engineering) or technology, and society, using social science, historical, and philosophical methods  Who can apply: US citizen, national, or permanent resident; obtained PhD <5 years before start; no full-time tenure-track position. Can not work at Ph.D. institution  Stipend: $75,000/yr including indirect  Research funds: none  Indirect: included at institution’s indirect rate, deducted from stipend  Funds transportable: Yes if made to individual  Duration: 2 years  Due dates: February 1, August 1  Number of awards annually: 15  Application limits: none

48 Other NSF funding sources  Core program grants  CAREER grants  RAPID grants  EAGER grants  Dear Colleague Letters  Special solicitations

49 Core program grants  Wide variety of funding topics/clusters  Biology: Biological Infrastructure, Environmental Biology, Emerging Frontiers, Integrative Organismal Systems, Molecular and Cellular Biosciences DEB: Ecosystem Science, Evolutionary Processes, Population and Community Ecology, Systematics & Biodiversity Science  SBE: Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Social and Economic Sciences, Office of Multidisciplinary Activities BCS: Anthropological Sciences, Geography & Environmental Sciences, Psychological & Language Sciences, Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research

50 Application process (DEB)  Pre-proposal (5 pgs.): January 23  Full proposal (if invited): August 4  May only be PI, Co-PI, or lead senior investigator on 2 proposals/year  Budget: flexible. In 2014 $72M for ~200 awards  May be submitted by:  Universities and colleges (typical)  Non-profits or for-profit (rare) organizations  Unaffiliated individuals (rare, must be US citizens)  PI typically a senior scientist. Postdoc helps write the grant, may or may not be listed as Co-PI

51 NSF CAREER grants  Awards for junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher- scholars through research & education.  Who can apply: US universities, colleges, or non-profits; PI must hold PhD; be on tenure-track but untenured until 1 Oct after deadline; have not received CAREER award  Application date: late July  Budget: $500,000 BIO & Polar, $400,000 other  Indirect: included in budget  Duration: 5 years  Number of awards: 600/year  Application limits: 1 per competition  Highly competitive: <10% funding rate

52 Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID)  Funding mechanism used for urgent proposals, e.g., quick-response research on disasters (BP oil spill)  Available through various programs. Must contact NSF program officer pre-submission.  Project description 2-5 pgs.  Internal merit review only  Budget: up to $200,000  Duration: up to 2 years  Extensions and supplemental funding available

53 Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)  Funding mechanism used to support exploratory work in early stages on untested research ideas  High risk / high payoff  Must contact NSF program officer pre-submission  Project description 5-8 pages  Internal merit review only  Budget: up to $300,000  Duration: up to 2 years  Extensions and supplemental funding available

54 Special Solicitations  Special solicitations provide opportunities for funding on selected topics, often cross-cutting  Assembling the Tree of Life Assembling the Tree of Life  Dimensions of Biodiversity Dimensions of Biodiversity  Dynamics of Coupled Natural & Human Systems Dynamics of Coupled Natural & Human Systems  Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases  Long-Term Ecological Research Long-Term Ecological Research  MacroSystems Biology MacroSystems Biology

55 Other funding programs  Dear Colleague Letters advise applicants of NSF’s particular areas of interest Dear Colleague Letters  Proposals are submitted through regular channels  Proposals for Conferences, Symposia, & Workshops Proposals for Conferences, Symposia, & Workshops  Catalyzing New International Collaborations Catalyzing New International Collaborations  Support short international planning visits by US researchers  Research Experience for:  Teachers Teachers  Undergraduates Undergraduates  Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GAOLI) Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GAOLI)  Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

56 NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences Funding Rates  DBI: Biological Infrastructure  DEB: Environmental Biology  EF: Emerging Frontiers  IOS: Integrative Organismal Systems  MCB: Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

57 NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences Funding Rates  DBI: Biological Infrastructure  DEB: Environmental Biology  EF: Emerging Frontiers  IOS: Integrative Organismal Systems  MCB: Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

58 NSF DDIG & PRFB  DDIG funding rates: 20-35%, by division/year  PRFB: ≤ 15 awards given in each of 4 areas  Broadening Participation in Biology  Intersections of Biology and Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Engineering  National Plant Genome Initiative  International Postdoctoral Research Fellowships  Funding rate? But ~8,000 Biology PhDs/year in US

59 NSF DEB core program grants  Pre-proposals submitted: 1,624  Invited for full proposal: %  Recommended for funding: %  Early career investigators: 29 of %  Primarily undergraduate : 18 of % institutions

60 Writing a NSF grant  Grant Proposal Guide (76 pp.) Grant Proposal Guide (76 pp.)  Follow directions very carefully!  Often submitted through Grants & Awards office at University => allow extra week

61 Other US-based Postdoc Funding: Databases  UC Berkeley’s database of Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Biosciences (heavy on biomedical) UC Berkeley’s database of Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Biosciences (heavy on biomedical)  UC Berkeley’s database of Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Social Sciences UC Berkeley’s database of Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Social Sciences  UCLA’s Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) database UCLA’s Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) database

62 Other US-based Postdoc Funding (cont’d)  American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grants (small funds - up to $6,000 - for research) American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grants  Columbia Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Earth, Environmental, and Ocean Sciences Columbia Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Earth, Environmental, and Ocean Sciences  Columbia University Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships Columbia University Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships  Harvard University Environmental Fellows Program Harvard University Environmental Fellows Program  Life Sciences Research Foundation Life Sciences Research Foundation  Michigan Society of Fellows Michigan Society of Fellows  National Academy of the Sciences National Academy of the Sciences  National Institutes of Health National Institutes of Health  Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

63 Other US-based Postdoc Funding (cont’d)  Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Research Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Research  Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Postdoctoral Fellowships Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Postdoctoral Fellowships  Smithsonian Institution Fellowships (many) Smithsonian Institution Fellowships (many)  Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Tupper Postdoctoral Fellowship (3 year) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Tupper Postdoctoral Fellowship (3 year)  University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program  University of Chicago Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Chicago Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship  University of Chicago Society of Fellows (teaching) University of Chicago Society of Fellows  University of Michigan President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program University of Michigan President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

64 Fulbright funding for International Study  US Student Program US Student Program US student at time of application, work outside the US  Non-US Student Program Non-US Student Program Foreign student at time of application, work in the US  US Scholar Programs US Scholar Programs Short- and long-term programs to send US faculty and professionals abroad  Foreign Scholar Programs Foreign Scholar Programs Short- and long-term programs to bring foreign faculty and professionals to the US

65 Other postdoc funding  L’Oreal program for women in science L’Oreal program for women in science  Marie Curie Research Fellowships (Europe) Marie Curie Research Fellowships (Europe)  National Geographic Explorers Programs National Geographic Explorers Programs  United Nations University Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme United Nations University Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme  research at the intersection of societal & natural systems

66 POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES AND SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCES Lori Bradford, PDF, SENS

67 My experiences  Two postdocs  Turned down postdoc in New Zealand in 2009  Postdoc 1: 3 months at Lakehead University  Postdoc 2: 14 months at UofS – renewed contract 1 year, renewal up again in 4 months  Two very different supervisors  Have developed into a social science ‘methodologist’ and know-mo expert

68 SSHRC-CRSH SSHRC Postdoc Fellowships: – to support the most promising Canadian new scholars in the social sciences and humanities and assist them in establishing a research base at an important time in their research careers $ a year for up to 2 years Success rate ranges from 14-20% - results are posted and can be checked here: statistiques/index-eng.aspx statistiques/index-eng.aspx Can only apply twice, must be within 2 years of getting Ph.D. (unless career interruption) Criteria for evaluation – challenge, feasibility, capability

69 Banting postdocs Aims to “attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.” Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $70,000 per year (taxable) for two years. 7-22% success rate depending on stream Here: bourses.gc.ca/res/ eng.htmlhttp://banting.fellowships- bourses.gc.ca/res/ eng.html

70 Other government opportunities DFAIT – Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (3 opportunities – change frequently) - bourses/news-nouvelles/ aspx?lang=eng bourses/news-nouvelles/ aspx?lang=eng IDRC – International Development Research Center – opportunities for researchers you know to write you into their budgets United Nations University: Other agencies – AgCanada, Environment Canada, Matched funding with Mitacs – Mitacs Elevate program:

71 International Opportunities Commonwealth fellowships Country-by-country examples: – New Zealand Rutherford Postdoctoral Fellowships: foundation/funding-opportunities/post-docs/ foundation/funding-opportunities/post-docs/ – doctoral-fellowships/ doctoral-fellowships/ – Malaysia international Scholarships: scholarships/ scholarships/ – Germany, Humboldt Foundation: postdoc.html postdoc.html

72 Other means… the sneaky ways  New Administrators  New Faculty  Single project work  Big partnership grants  Mitacs funding

73 Searching for opportunities University Affairs: University Websites (look off-the-beaten-track): – UOIT: funding/internal-faculty-funding/uoit-medi-post-doctoral-fellowship.phphttp://research.uoit.ca/faculty/research-industry- funding/internal-faculty-funding/uoit-medi-post-doctoral-fellowship.php – Ryerson: 2.pdf 2.pdf – UPEI: CAPS website: https://sites.google.com/site/canadapostdoc/postdocopportunities https://sites.google.com/site/canadapostdoc/postdocopportunities Job-Bank (Canadian Government): eng.aspx?RchJobType=Reg_jobs&OpPage=50http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/prov- eng.aspx?RchJobType=Reg_jobs&OpPage=50

74 APPLYING FOR EXISTING POSTDOCS

75 Overview  Upsides of applying for existing postdocs  The money already exists => lower risk  Quicker turn-around (often 1-6 months)  Good as a backup plan  Downsides of applying for existing postdocs  Lower risk = lower reward. May not be as prestigious as writing your own (depending on who you work with)  You’re working on someone else’s project Study area, and perhaps project design, already chosen May have less independence and freedom

76 Job search sites  AGU (American Geophysical Union) AGU  APECS (Assoc. of Polar Early Career Scientists) APECS  CAGLIST (Canadian Assoc. of Geographers) CAGLIST  Chronicle of Higher Education (postdoc, academia) Chronicle of Higher Education  Conservation Job Board Conservation Job Board  Duke University Physiological Ecology Job Board Duke University Physiological Ecology Job Board  Ecolog (Ecology listserv) Ecolog  Environmental Career Opportunities Environmental Career Opportunities  ESA Physiological Ecology Section ESA Physiological Ecology Section  Evol postdoc job board (McMaster University) Evol postdoc job board  HigherEd Jobs (postdoc, lecturer and faculty jobs) HigherEd Jobs  HigherEdSpace HigherEdSpace

77 Job search sites (continued)  NASA (NASA Postdoctoral Program opportunities) NASA  Nature Jobs Nature Jobs  Ornithological Jobs (birds) Ornithological Jobs  PAGES (Past Global Changes) PAGES  PhDs.org PhDs.org  Postdoc Jobs Postdoc Jobs  Science Careers Jobs Science Careers Jobs  Society for Conservation Biology Job Board Society for Conservation Biology Job Board  Texas A&M Wildlife & Fisheries Job Board Texas A&M Wildlife & Fisheries Job Board  USAJobs (government jobs, mostly US citizens) USAJobs  The Wildlife Society Job Board The Wildlife Society Job Board

78 Other ways of finding postdocs  Teaching: review websites of relevant departments at universities where you’d like to teach  Networking

79 NETWORKING TO FIND A POSTDOC

80 Networking: your biggest resource  Go to meetings and conferences, talk with researchers whose work you like  Work your connections  Your own  Your advisor’s  Colleagues’ and committee members’  Cold-contact researchers doing interesting work by

81 Networking: just do it!  Start early!  Prepare and practice your elevator speech  Tailor to specific audiences  Remember this is common in our field

82 IS A POSTDOC FOR ME?

83 The Good  Opportunity to develop and/or work on new, exciting research projects  Form new collaborations, make new connections  Flexibility  Freedom to focus on research  Few(er) teaching or service requirements

84 The Bad  Low pay (relatively – unless you’re in Australia)  Nebulous status – not quite student, researcher, or faculty  May fail to find full-time employment afterwards  Average time spent as a postdoc >4 years (can be 8+)  May receive insufficient mentoring/support  Conversely, may not have enough independence to establish yourself as a scientist

85 …and The Ugly

86 Do you need to do a postdoc?  What’s your long-term goal?  Academia: yes Even some community colleges prefer postdoc experience  Government: yes, preferably in government or at a co-op  Industry or consulting: maybe not

87 Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats

88 DISCUSSION

89 Activity – what is your dream postdoc?


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