Princeton University offers several programs and resources to help post-doctoral researchers adjust to life at Princeton.


National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)

Princeton University has a Sustaining Membership to the National Postdoctoral Association, which entitles you to a free affiliate membership. Benefits include a subscription to The POSTDOCket, the NPA’s official monthly newsletter, and access to members-only NPA Web content. To create your account, go to the NPA's website. Under “Sign In”, click “Haven’t joined yet?” Choose “Affiliate Individual Member, Postdoc” and hit continue to create your account.


National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)

Princeton University is an Institutional Member of the NCFDD, which provides professional development, training, and mentorship opportunities. Benefits include workshops, webinars, and seminars on topics related to academic life, such as increasing writing productivity, prioritizing and managing time, cultivating mentors, securing external funding, and maintaining work-life balance.

To activate your (free!) account, go to the NCFDD website and click “Activate My Membership”.


Career Guidance

MYIDP and ImaginePhD are web-based career-planning and exploration tools tailored to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences and humanities.

If you are interested in exploring career options outside of academia, Kate Hammond at the Center for Career Development provides individual career advising appointments for current Princeton postdocs appointed at the ranks of Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA), Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRF), Postgraduate Research Associate (PGRA), and Associate Research Scholar (ARS). She can help you define your career exploration, develop an action plan for your job search, coach you to expand your network, convert your CV into a resume, build a LinkedIn profile, write a targeted cover letter, and prepare for your next step. To make a 30 minute phone or Skype appointment with Kate, e-mail your resume and a brief note regarding what you would like to discuss to Kate Hammond.


Questions and General Information

Contact Tithi Basu Mallik, assistant dean for postdoctoral affairs, or call 609-258-4793, with questions.