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 six-week course will run three times a year on our edX platform with the next start date in fall 2021.

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

Each week focuses on one theme and contains between 2-4 hours of content – watching short videos, engaging in discussion forums, and reflecting on self and others. You can complete the course work at any time while the course is running.

In addition to participating in our first online course, postdocs can join a Postdoc Academy Learning Session (PALS). Learning communities support online learning by connecting content directly to the postdocs’ local context and community, and promote deeper reflection of the material. These small groups of postdocs meet virtually once per week while either taking the online course, or utilizing Postdoc Academy content. Each PALS is guided by a facilitator (a postdoc or anyone who supports postdocs), with both discipline- and institutional-focused learning communities available. Learn more about PALS here.

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.