Postdoctoral Community

What is a postdoc?

Postdoctoral scholars are highly skilled individuals that contribute to the success of the research enterprise at Texas A&M. The definition of the postdoc position highlights the importance of mentored training in this stepping stone experience toward future careers.

National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation (2007) “An individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path.”

National Postdoctoral Association (2007) “A postdoctoral scholar  (‘postdoc’) is an individual holding a doctoral degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of his or her choosing.”

Association of American Medical Colleges (2006) “Postdoctoral appointees typically join an institution to advance their training in a chosen discipline after recently obtaining their terminal degree (e.g., PhD, MD, DVM). This training, which should be for a defined period of time, is conducted under the supervision of one or more investigators who are qualified to fulfill the responsibilities of a mentor. In addition to the primary responsibility of conducting research, the postdoctoral appointee may also undertake leadership, service, and teaching activities that together provide a training experience essential for professional development and career advancement.”

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National Postdoctoral Association

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs funds the TAMU membership to the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). Postdocs and faculty have free access to NPA resources as affiliate members of TAMU Organizational member. Sign-up instructions are provided here.