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.
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.
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.
Below is a list of steps postdocs should take before their departure at the end of their appointment:
- Notify your Department Manager or postdoc appointment coordinator of your departure and complete any department-specific exit forms and procedures.
- Provide the following information to your Department Manager:
- a. Forwarding contact information: Provide a forwarding address and telephone number. The Payroll Department will also mail your W-2 form to your forwarding address.
- b. Return of departmental property: You will need to return your departmental property (keys, swipe cards, laptop etc.) to your department admin prior to leaving on your last day. Unless you have specifically been told otherwise, all equipment, books, and research materials issued to you by Princeton remains University property and must be returned.
- If you are leaving before your term was scheduled to end, please submit a resignation letter: Submit a resignation letter to your department indicating “my last day of work will be”. Please include the reason you are leaving. If you are leaving for a new position please include the title of your new position and the name of your new employer.
- Self Service: Update your address in Self Service.
- Final Absence Entry: Enter any final vacation and sick time into Self Service prior to your last day.
- Your Princeton Email Account: Please note that your email account will be disabled 30 days following your termination date. Be sure to clean out all of your computer files prior to your departure. If you choose, you may forward your email to a personal email account. Please find more information on this here.
- Check Account Status with Libraries: Check with the Princeton University Library to ensure you don’t owe any fines or books.
- Healthcare Benefits: Your coverage will end the last day of the month in which termination occurs. This is automatic and requires no additional action. You will receive information from the Office of Human Resource’s vendor PayFlex about continuing your health care benefits under the COBRA law. If you have questions prior to your departure, please contact the Human Resources Benefits Staff at 609-258-3302 or firstname.lastname@example.org regarding COBRA benefits. Visit https://hr.princeton.edu/consolidated-omnibus-budget-reconciliation-act-cobra for more information.
- Retirement Plans: Upon termination of employment, please call TIAA at 1-800-842-2776 for information regarding your retirement account(s).
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/