Postdoctoral Scholars

As a land-, sea- and space-grant institution with first-rate research facilities and world-class faculty in fields ranging from veterinary medicine to engineering to the behavioral and social sciences, Texas A&M attracts a diverse group of postdoctoral scholars with a diverse set of educational and training needs. 

We appreciate and value the contribution that postdocs make to our learning and research community and are committed to excellence in the educational and training experiences our postdocs receive. 

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.”

New Postdoctoral Orientation

New Postdoctoral Orientation takes place twice a year, once each in the fall and spring semesters. This Orientation is designed to help you jump-start your career at Texas A&M by providing an overview of the university resources available to postdoctoral scholars. The Orientation dates will be announced on the postdoctoral calendar and through the listserv.

Postdoctoral Handbook

The new Postdoctoral Handbook was created specifically for postdoctoral scholars and represents an excellent resource on a variety of topics, from your first day at Texas A&M to living in Bryan-College Station area.

PDA Chapters

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)

Texas A&M is now a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). This allows all graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff at Texas A&M free affiliate memberships. Affiliate members have access to members-only NPA web content, NPA member groups for networking with fellow NPA members, reduced registration fees to the NPA annual meeting, eligibility for the NPA travel award program, and national representation on postdoctoral issues. The members-only web content includes, for example, career-planning resources, mentoring plans, and a responsible conduct of research toolkit.