Welcome to the Postdoc Academy!

Professional Development for the Postdoc Community

The Postdoc Academy is a comprehensive online and in-person program built on the National Postdoctoral Association core competencies to support skill development throughout postdoc training, from orientation to next career step.

Whether you are a postdoc in early, mid-, or late stages of your career, we offer online courses and mentoring resources to support strategy and skill development for a well-navigated postdoc experience and successful career transitions!

The content uses inclusive, active-learning approaches to serve as a resource for the postdoc audience directly, as well as postdoc offices and associations. The Postdoc Academy is developed by a team at Boston University, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Northwestern University.

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  • Jovana Milosavljevic-Ardeljan, PhD Testimony

    Postdoc Academy is an invaluable resource for postdocs from any field, at any stage of their postdoctoral work. It provides a critical structure that enabled me to envision what my postdoc journey could look like and gave me the tools, language and framework for reaching my postdoc and long-term career goals.

    Jovana Milosavljevic-Ardeljan, PhD
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of New Hampshire
  • Sharon Elaine D’Souza Testimony

    I had a really great learning experience after I had enrolled in this course. This course is a treasure trove of knowledge for scientists from different career and academic backgrounds. I gained a lot of clarity and new perspectives from my past experiences and am looking forward to applying my newly developed skills in my professional environment. The time spent during this course was a worthwhile investment for the future.

    Sharon Elaine D’Souza
    M.Phil Student of Molecular Medicine
    Junior Research Fellow at Computational Biology Lab
    International Center For Chemical and Biological Sciences
    Karachi, Pakistan
  • Georgios Stratis, PhD Testimony

    Taking this MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) provided me with the resources I needed to start planning for my career. Going through these modules was important, because it gave me a slew of tools to deal with parts of postdoc life unrelated to the research part, which nonetheless have an impact on my research performance.

    Georgios Stratis, PhD
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Roux Institute for Experiential AI
    Northeastern University
  • Rachel Renbarger, PhD Testimony

    The Postdoc Academy encouraged me to think about a wide array of skills and opportunities. I learned tangible takeaways that helped me expand my ideas of teaching and leading projects plus connect what I currently do as a postdoc to my future career. The course was accessible because we could do it on our own schedule, but it also included synchronous activities that helped me feel like a part of a larger community. I highly recommend this for all postdocs!

    Rachel Renbarger, PhD
    Research Director
    Accelerating Systemic Change Network (ASCN)
  • Ana Moraes, PhD Testimony

    During PALS sessions, we could discuss the themes in more depth while connecting to peers on different areas – this closer connection made me feel that I am not alone as a postdoc, it gave me sense of community and value to my professional development.

    Ana Moraes, PhD
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Northwestern University
  • Radost Stanimirova, PhD Testimony

    I recommend the Postdoc Academy course because it provided me with an opportunity to step away from my day-to-day postdoc tasks and reflect on my career goals and long term professional aspirations. I loved the diverse set of perspectives and expertise that was featured in the course. It gave me a lot of opportunity for self reflection and practical tips on how to help my workplace and lab be a more inclusive and welcoming place.

    Radost Stanimirova, PhD
    Postdoctoral Researcher
    Boston University