At Princeton University, postdoctoral positions are managed by each individual department or program. For a list of Princeton's academic departments and contact information, please link to the following list of current academic chairs and managers.
Professional Development - McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning
The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning offers an array of workshops open to postdocs that include the following:
- Building an Effective Relationship with your Advisor or PI
- Reframing "Time Management" to Achieve your Goals
- Taming Perfection and the Art of "Good Enough"
- Balancing Scholarship and the Rest of Your Life
- The Art of Saying "Yes" Strategically
- Giving, Receiving, and Eliciting Feedback
- Learning With and From Failure
For more information, and to register for the workshops, visit the McGraw Center website. Note individual learning consultations to help you develop an individualized approach to scholarship that draws upon your unique profile of experience, strengths, and interests while also considering the specific demands of your research, teaching, and life are also available. For more information, please contact Dr. Laura C. Murray, Assistant Director of Learning Programs at McGraw.
Teaching for Postdoctoral Research Associates
Click here to learn more about teaching opportunities.
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”.
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.
Postdoctoral Researcher Exit Checklist
Click here for a list of steps postdocs should take before their departure at the end of their appointment.
LinkedIn Networking Group
The Princeton Postdoc Network LinkedIn group is where current postdocs and postdoc alumni connect and share their career stories. To join, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8143061/