Finding the Right Postdoc, Past Webinars

The following webinars were recorded in 2018 and 2019. Details and links about each opportunity can be found below.
The webinar recordings are all available on OneDrive (requires JHED login).

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Academic & Non-Profit Postdoctoral Fellowships & Programs

President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, 2019

The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, professional development and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC.

Dr. Mark Lawson, Director of the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and Professor of OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences in the School of Medicine, UC-San Diego. Former PPFP fellow.
Dr. Angelica Riestra, Current PPFP Fellow at UC-San Diego

Teaching Postdocs and IRACDA Programs, 2018

Are you interested in an academic faculty position or a career in teaching? This session will focus on opportunities within the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development (IRACDA) funding mechanism of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Training and Workforce Development initiative. The goal of these programs is to promote collaborations between research-intensive institutions and partner institutions that have a historical mission and a demonstrated commitment to providing training, encouragement and assistance to students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical research enterprise of the nation. The IRACDA program combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience with an opportunity to develop academic skills, including teaching, through workshops and mentored teaching assignments at a partner institution. The session will feature specific programmatic elements of the Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE) program at UNC Chapel Hill. Key elements of strong applications to these programs, training structure, and outcomes will be shared.

Dr. Brian Rybarcyzk, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Academic & Professional Development at UNC-Chapel Hill and Program Coordinator for the SPIRE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Postdocs at The Jackson Laboratory, 2018

As a Postdoctoral Associate at The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), you will conduct cutting-edge research at our expanding academic research campuses in Bar Harbor, Maine and Farmington, Conn., helping to develop precise genomic solutions for disease and improve human health. Working in our basic science laboratories with our independent faculty principle investigators, JAX Postdoctoral Associates employ multidisciplinary approaches to help us better understand, diagnose, and treat human disease with the ultimate goal of finding cures for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's and other ailments. JAX has developed a postdoc-centric integrative training program to facilitate career success for our postdoctoral trainees inside and outside of academia in both research and non-research careers including programs like our signature The Whole Scientist course. Postdoctoral Associates interested in pursuing an independent research program can apply for the JAX Scholar Program in their first year of training. To learn more about our academic postdoctoral positions, visit

Heather Dillon, University Relations Specialist, JAX

Industry Postdoctoral Opportunities

AstraZeneca, 2019

AstraZeneca Postdoctoral Program Website
Based at one of our sites in the US, UK or Sweden, you will be part of a vibrant Postdoc community, working on highly innovative, even ground-breaking work that originates from scientists and clinicians across our research areas. As part of our wider Postdoc network you’ll be encouraged to get together with your peers to socialise and share experiences around your science and projects. You’ll also be encouraged to attend scientific conferences and seminars to show your work, which we would expect to be eventually published in the leading journals from your discipline.

To achieve these goals, you’ll be supported by experienced AstraZeneca scientists, as well as an external academic supervisor – a respected scientist who will help guide your work over the course of your time here. Teamwork is critical at AstraZeneca and you’ll benefit from the collaboration and guidance of your colleagues to help drive your success.

Hadley Coonley, AstraZeneca Postdoctoral Program Manager
Dr. Michael Secinaro, current AstraZeneca postdoctoral fellow

Novartis, 2019

The Novartis Discovery Postdoc: Research at NIBR comprises a broad range of areas from which discovery fellows and their mentors create research projects. Ideally, these projects take advantage of the rich and unique drug discovery environment, including access to sophisticated research tools. Projects are often interdisciplinary in nature, combining biology and chemistry and/or computational approaches, or bridging different disease areas. Discovery fellowship positions are posted on a regular basis throughout the year. PhD degree holders, and PhD students in the last year of their thesis work, are eligible to apply. The postdoctoral term is typically up to 4 years.

The Novartis Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship offers aspiring drug hunters a unique opportunity to join our teams at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), the innovation engine of Novartis. Mentored by NIBR scientific leaders, Innovation Fellows will gain first-hand experience in the design and development of breakthrough therapies and innovative technologies. We are looking for Innovation Fellows who will bring their scientific creativity and natural curiosity to tackle important therapeutic challenges. Join us as we reimagine medicine together.

Dr. Anne Granger, Head of the Novartis Postdoc Programs

Regeneron, 2019

The Regeneron Postdoctoral Training Program consists of:

  • Up to four years of formal postdoctoral training in a program directed by an award-winning educator
  • Exposure to the biotechnology industry's most successful and innovative scientists
  • Opportunities to pursue cutting-edge biomedical research in a prestigious, well-resourced, and highly driven industry environment
  • Weekly postdoctoral scientist meetings to foster scientific rigor, creative thinking, critical reasoning, and career advancement

As part of your Postdoctoral Training Program you will:

  • Conduct forward-looking, innovative, and creative research to address a novel scientific question under the auspices of a scientist mentor
  • Publish and disseminate data via external conferences and peer-reviewed publications
  • Assist with mentoring and teaching interns and other more junior trainees
  • Participate in postdoctoral program activities such as weekly meetings and the annual research conference
  • Present data internally, including at lab meetings, trainee meetings, and company-wide seminars
  • Provide ongoing reports of research progress to supervisor and program staff

Dr. Susan Croll, Director of the Regeneron Postdoctoral Training Program

Genentech, 2018

Genentech Postdoctoral Fellows work in either Research or Development Sciences, pairing up with Genentech's scientists to conduct research of the highest quality. By joining us on your postdoctoral path, you can become a part of one of the world's foremost postdoctoral programs and emerge as a critical contributor to our mission to develop, manufacture and commercialize medicines that treat people with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. Our Postdoctoral Program provides translational research of the highest caliber. Postdoctoral tenure at Genentech is for up to four years.

Genentech’s Research and Early Development (gRED) organization aims to strike a balance between basic biomedical research and translational research aimed at developing therapies for unmet medical needs. The company also explicitly fosters individual creativity and initiative among its researchers, encouraging scientists to pursue projects of interest in addition to working toward the company’s goals. As a result, over 1,200 Genentech researchers and scientists and 125 postdocs consistently publish important papers in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and are among the top researchers in the world in terms of total citations.

Geneva Licht, Principle Program Manager, University Talent Acquisition and Strategy, Genentech

Federal Government Postdoctoral Opportunities and Fellowships

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, 2018

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) is the premier opportunity for outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about public policy while contributing valuable knowledge and analytical skills to address today’s most pressing societal challenges. STPF fosters a network of STEM leaders who understand government and policymaking. Fellows gain invaluable knowledge of and experience with processes and priorities that drive public policy as well as a holistic understanding of our nation’s scientific enterprise.

STPF Fellows are on the front line of vital issues impacting society. Join a strong corps of over 3,000 policy-savvy alumni fellows working across sectors to serve the nation and citizens around the world. Hear from alumni fellows as they share how a leap of faith transformed their careers.

Application will open August 1, 2018. Deadline to apply is November 1, 2018. For more information and to apply, visit the website.

Experience why so many alumni fellows working in all sectors across the globe say the fellowships provides an unparalleled experience that accelerated their career path!

Olga Francois, Senior Project Director, Outreach, Engagement & Communications Systems

Federal Government Postdoc Opportunities, 2018

NIH, FDA, ORISE, NRC, DoD, EIS, PMF... Thinking about working in for the government and getting overwhelmed by the alphabet soup? This seminar goes over some of the most popular postdoc programs offered in the US Federal Government, including opportunities at the FDA, NIH, DoD, and CDC.

Dr. Kate Bradford, 2015-2017 FDA ORISE fellow (CBER), current Assistant Director for Career Services, JHM PDCO

CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for HIV Prevention in Communities of Color, 2019

The mission of this fellowship program is to recruit, mentor, and train investigators to conduct domestic HIV and AIDS prevention research in communities of color. The fellows will be located in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), headquartered in Atlanta, GA. The program is led by the DHAP Office of Health Equity (DHAP OHE).

Dr. Donna McCree, Associate Director for Health Equity, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention

NIH, National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellowship, 2019

Preventing cancer is one of the most important scientific and public health aims for the 21st Century. To achieve that goal, the Nation needs leaders: scientists and health professionals trained in the principles and practice of cancer prevention and control.

Founded in 1987, the NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) provides its fellows an opportunity to develop an independent research program in cancer prevention. The centerpiece of the program is mentored, multidisciplinary research. With input from senior scientists and program staff, each fellow develops original scientific projects and reports findings at meetings and in leading journals.
The program provides:

  • Competitive stipends, relocation expenses, health insurance benefits, and travel allowances
  • Support for up to four years
  • Opportunity to earn your MPH, sponsored by NCI
  • Research opportunities with experienced NCI mentors
  • A cohort of fellows spanning STEM and other fields

Dr. Megan Clarke, current NCI Cancer Prevention Fellow and 2016 JHSPH Dept of Epidemiology alumna.