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The Postdoc Academy: Succeeding as a Postdoc 

The first online course, “Succeeding as a Postdoc,” addresses foundational skills and career planning, establishing the professional habits postdocs will need to strategically prepare for their career and succeed in their postdoc. This five-week course will run three times a year on the edX platform: January 13, 2020; June 22, 2020; and October 5, 2020.

We encourage institutions to adopt and adapt our open educational materials to serve the professional development needs of their postdocs. Explore course resources for each module:

Finding Success as a PostdocBuilding an Actionable Career PlanDeveloping ResilienceWorking Effectively in an Intercultural Environment


The Postdoc Academy: Preparing for a Successful Career

The second Postdoc Academy course is titled “Preparing for a Successful Career” and is scheduled to launch in 2021. This series of modules will build advanced skills that will enable postdocs to transition to independence. Postdocs will explore:

  • Project management
  • Managing through team-building
  • Career preparation
  • Application of evidence-based teaching
  • Leadership and networking
  • Rigor and reproducibility

Additional Resources for Postdocs

While some skills for postdocs are discipline-specific, there are many competencies that apply to postdocs of all disciplines and stages. Below you will find some (of the many) resources available to postdocs.