Advanced Postdoctoral Training (APT) Program
The PTO is excited to announce a new training program for all postdocs at City of Hope. The intention of APT is to provide opportunities for building specific career skills that are important for professional scientists, but that are not the focus of the scientific training postdocs receive in lab from their mentors. The APT will operate on a three-year cycle, with each year being dedicated to one main topic: communication, lab management, and job searches. Each year we plan to host at least four training opportunities that will be hosted by respected speakers who are experts in these areas.
2021 is a communication year, which will include a workshop from the Alan Alda Center for Science Communication with a focus on giving virtual presentations, an improvisation workshop, and at least two other communication themed workshops.
2022 focuses on lab management. We will be hosting EMBO’s Laboratory Leadership course in the Spring.
Every year the Postdoc Office will continue to provide NIH mandated training in responsible conduct of research and methods for enhancing reproducibility, grantsmanship cohorts, classes in R programming, and statistics refreshers. This in addition to opportunities to practice presenting your research at the Evolving Story Forum (previously the Postdoc Research Forum), the RSO Advance, and the annual City of Hope Poster Session.
Participants in the APT Program will receive recognition for completion of the training. During our annual Postdocs Rock appreciation event we will acknowledge APT participants with certificates given to those who: completed mandated training and attend 75% of APT workshops in a given year. Thus, participants will receive certification for each of the three thematic training focuses. Postdocs who complete the entire cycle will receive a plaque signifying completion of the program.
We have a thriving community of international postdocs at City of Hope.
- Our City of Hope Immigration Services Facebook page connects you to the people, resources, workshops and social events that will help you work effectively and feel at home here. We have a dedicated professional available to guide you through visa and immigration issues.
- Contact Sherri Pattanakiat at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-256-4673, ext.87575.
Postdoctoral fellows enroll in a comprehensive Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) course. The purpose of the course is to promote the awareness among postdoctoral fellows of the ethical challenges confronted by laboratory researchers and explore approaches for successfully navigating them. This course is mandated by the National Institutes of Health as a part of every scholar’s training. In addition to RCR, postdocs receive training in Research Study Design to align with NIH’s initiative to increase rigor and reproducibility in science.
We also offer courses in statistical analysis, R programming, and Biostatistics. Other offerings include the Professional Development monthly seminars and access to the Keck Graduate Center's Certificate in Bioscience Management.
We also have recommended resources on improving figure design.
Individual Development Plan
Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) annually. An IDP is an annual self-assessment career benchmarking program that assists you in defining your goals and needs, planning your research, tracking your performance and measuring progress towards your next steps. We strongly suggest that you review your IDP with your principle investigator.
The Postdoctoral Training Office offers one-on-one counseling to help with your IDP, explore career options, develop job search strategies, create a self-marketing campaign and improve your networking skills. Networking is further enhanced with free membership in the National Postdoctoral Association.
Additional IDP resources are also provided.
- City of Hope Postdoctoral Research Fellows Individual Development Plan and accompanying IDP Guide .
- Sciences Careers (AAAS) - My IDP
- American Chemical Society - ChemIDP
- Nature article, “Career planning: The next five years” (2015)
- Nature Biotechnology article, “Optimizing the utility of the individual development plan for trainees in the biosciences” (2018)
- "IDP Plans Aren't Just More Paperwork" -Molecular Cell Forum. This paper outlines the benefits of the IPD and provides a template and example.
To make an appointment to review your IDP contact Stephanie Alexander.
Pursuing A Career In Academia
- National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
- From Ph.D. to Professoriate - The Role of the Institution in Fostering the Advancement of Postdoc Women
- Vitae - Chronicle of Higher Education's academic job and career advice portal.
- AAAS - Careers for Scientists and Engineers
- Burroughs Welcome Fund Career Tools and Guides - includes articles on obtaining tenure, career development guide and lab management guides
- Educause - Advancement of Higher Education though the Use of Information Technology
- Merlot - Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching
- American Society of Cell Biology career development tools
Launching A Career Outside Of Academia
The Professional Organization(s) within your discipline may offer career advice, access to mentors and job searches.
- Ph.D. Career Guide
- Advancing Postdoc Women Guidebook
- Career Exploration for STEM Discipline
- AAAS - Careers for Scientists and Engineers
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Career News and Job Site; ResumeLab and Mentoring Program
- Non-Academic Options for PhDs in Humanities and Social Science
- Non-academic Career Search - Univ. of Michigan
- Beyond the Professoriate
Career Training Programs/Fellowships For Ph.D.S
- AAAS Policy and Mass Media Fellowships
- California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
- FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship for Regulatory Science Research
- Hellman Fellowships in Science and Technology Policy
- See Funding Resources for additional programs.
Finding A Position
A complete list of our open positions can be found here