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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 and Cincinnati Children’s, you should generally contact principal investigators directly for discussion of potential job openings.

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 ( Dr. Edith Markoff (

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. The National Postdoctoral Fellows Association offers links to hundreds of valuable online resources.

For those postdocs interested in careers that involve significant teaching, UC was 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 and job search skills.

Together with these activities, those who complete a mentored teaching experience qualify to receive a PFF Certificate, a nationally recognized and valuable asset when seeking a teaching position. Additionally, the Center for Enhancement of Teaching & Learning sponsors many intensive workshops, freely available to postdocs, on teaching and career skills.

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