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Postdoctoral Education

The approximately 175 postdocs at the UC College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) make invaluable contributions to our biomedical and clinical research enterprises.

In addition to intensive research training within their laboratory, postdocs have valuable opportunities for career development through participation in events organized by the UC Office of Graduate Education, in conjunction with the CCHMC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Center for Enhancement of Teaching & Learning.

Prospective Research Fellows

If you are interested in postdoctoral opportunities at the UC College of Medicine (UCCOM) and Cincinnati Children’s (CCHMC), you should generally contact principal investigators directly for discussion of potential job openings. UCCOM and CCHMC have many T32 training grants to support pre-doctoral and postdoctoral training of US citizens or green card holders. You may view the 2020 T32 grants including PI contact info. We also welcome international postdoctoral fellows, but you will need to apply to individual faculty members for these opportunities.

Some openings, listed via department pages, may be located by online searches. In addition, listings of positions also are posted at Jobs at UC and CCHMC employment opportunities.

Dedicated postdoc recruiters at Cincinnati Children’s include Dr. Uma Sivaprasad (siv9ni@cchmc.org) and Dr. Mike Bennett (Michael.Bennett@cchmc.org).

Current Research Fellows

Research accomplishments and publications are the primary focus of postdocs, but the foundation for a successful career also involves many other skills, such as networking, effective written and oral presentations, leadership, organizational ability and exploring various career opportunities.

Identifying your individual needs and making concrete plans to enhance your abilities is a crucial component of a successful postdoctoral fellowship. Individual Development Plans (IDPs) are increasingly used at UC and Cincinnati Children’s. 

The ScienceCareers website MyIDP is one excellent resource for developing and using an IDP. Special postdoc events sponsored by the local postdoctoral associations also feature IDPs, resume and CV preparation, job cover letters and leadership and networking skills. UCCOM offers a class on career preparation for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows each fall (Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences (GNTD 8003)). All postdocs are welcome to attend these classes for free.

The National Postdoctoral Association offers links to hundreds of valuable online resources. All postdoctoral fellows at UCCOM and CCHMC are automatically eligible to join the National Postdoc Association for free. We celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week with special programming every September.

For those postdocs interested in careers that involve significant teaching, UC is a founding member of the group of national universities that established the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program. PFF provides outstanding instruction in teaching techniques, preparation of electronic portfolios, job search skills and offers mentored teaching experience. Additionally, the Center for Enhancement of Teaching & Learning sponsors many intensive workshops, freely available to postdocs, on teaching and career skills.

Current Events

  • All graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at UCCOM and CCHMC are invited to attend virtual career presentations in the Careers in Science Syllabus Fall 2020 course on Wednesdays from 4-6pm via WebEx:
    Webex meeting link
    Learn additional details about the different career paths that are featured this fall. Brush-up your cv/resume, and learn about various career paths for PhDs.

  • The 2020 Virtual National Postdoc Appreciation Week events will be held virtually this year. We will feature presentations on September 22, 23, 24 and 25. You must pre-register in advance for each day. If you have questions, email Cindy.Bachurski@uc.edu. We appreciate you!

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