CAREER DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES

OPA Programming

The Basics

For Future Faculty

For Future Leaders


Postdoctoral Professional Development Program Certification

This professional development program include activities designed to enhance professional acumen and advance postdoctoral careers. Learn more here.


Lunch with a Professor: A Networking Program for Postdoctoral Scholars

Read more about a program designed to facilitate networking among postdoctoral scholars and professors across the university here.


Career Counseling and Support Services

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Career Counseling and Support Services (CCSS) have partnered to launch a pilot program that will offer career counseling and support services to postdoctoral scholars starting July 1, 2018.

Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Resumes/CVs/Cover Letters
  • Interview tips/assistance
  • Networking Strategies
  • Career Exploration
  • Job Search Strategies

You can find more information online.

Please call 614-688-3898 to make an appointment. This process will ensure that you will see a career counselor assigned to postdoctoral scholars.

  • Be sure to identify yourself as a postdoctoral researcher or scholar when making the appointment and when filling out the intake forms (even if your official title is visiting scholar, research associate, research scientist, visiting assistant professor, etc.)
  • The CCSS is located in the Younkin Success Center (2nd Floor), 1640 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

Internship Opportunities at the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO)

Internship opportunities similar to the ones offered to undergraduate students may be available to postdocs. If interested, please contact Krystal Geyer, Student Programs Manager, at (614)-292-4177 or at geyer.71@osu.edu.


Other Ohio State Programs and Resources 

  • Career Services Job/Internship Tool
    • Handshake: A resource to connect to employers in Academia, Government and Industry. You can search for and apply to jobs, and upload your CV/resume for recruiters to look through.
      • If you have alumni status with Ohio State you will be able to use Handshake fairly easy.
      • For those who are not alumni, please send an email to handshake@osu.edu and explain that you are a postdoc requesting access. Please include your home college and your field/discipline so that your profile can be set up.
  • Clinical Research Career Development Programs
    • The OSU CCTS KL2 Program supports the career development of investigators who have made a commitment to conduct either patient-oriented or translational research. Support is available for up to three years.The OSU CCTS TL1 Program is to provide trainees with the skills required to develop a career in trans-disciplinary clinical and translational research relevant to human health.Tools of the Trade is a series of all-day sessions for early stage investigators who need information about accessing and using available tools and resources to get their research project up and running.Mentorship Training is available through the OSU CCTS. The training uses a case-based approach to explore an intellectual framework for mentoring, and allow mentors a forum to solve mentoring dilemmas with their peers. It is presented over four, 2-hour sessions. Session topics can be found on the website.
  • Postdoc Writing Groups (CSTW)
    • Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Teaching and Writing (CSTW), the Post-Doc Writing Group is a forum in which post-doctoral scholars provide and receive feedback on their writing, covering broad issues such as clarity and organization as well as stylistic issues. Groups may also use weekly meetings to sit down and write together. Groups are interdisciplinary and consist of 5-6 post-docs and an experienced Writing Center staff member who acts as facilitator. Groups typically meet once per week for 90 minutes, although some groups make alternative arrangements by mutual agreement. For more information on other writing groups that the CSTW offers, visit their site here.Banner3

External Resources

Entering Mentoring (A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists)

Writing a Letter of Recommendation

AAAS Career Development Center: Course Catalog

“In Their Own Words”: a video series in which recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) share a variety of lessons.

NIH Podcasts:

Academics: Transitioning Successfully from Postdoc to Faculty

2012 Workshop for Postdocs Transitioning to Independent Positions (Day 1)

2012 Workshop for Postdocs Transitioning to Independent Positions (Day 2)

Preparing for grant e-submission: a tutorial for postdocs 

Demystifying Medicine – Finale: Symposium on Career Opportunities for PhD Postdocs 

Talking Science: Designing and Delivering Successful Oral Presentations

Creating and Presenting Dynamic Posters

Improving Spoken English

Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers

To advance in your career and succeed in your first non-training position, you will need skills beyond the bench. As the National Academies pointed out in its 2005 report, Bridges to Independence, many of those skills have not been explicitly or thoroughly taught to young scientists. It is very important to realize that you may need some support in areas such as job search skills, job offer negotiation, grant writing, and lab management. Talk to your PI, take advantage of the many career development opportunities on campus, and visit some of these resources to strengthen these often-overlooked, but critically important skills.

Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty 

In 2006, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) released a new edition of this excellent publication. The contents are derived from BWF-HHMI courses in lab leadership and management. In this free PDF, you will find advice on topics such as obtaining a faculty position; project management; data management and laboratory notebooks; getting published; and teaching and course design.

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB): Careers 

The ASCB has a multitude of career development resources available to postdocs, as well as access to free PDF versions of three career books: Career Advice for Life Scientists; Career Advice for Life Scientists II; and Life Sciences Research & Teaching: Strategies for the Successful Job Hunt, along with a collection of career strategy articles from the society’s newsletter.

NIH Trainee Workshop Handouts and Presentations ​

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) makes most of the proceedings  from their events for grad students and postdocs at the NIH available for anyone, anywhere to access for free. Visit this page to find a wealth of career resources (videocasts and presentation files) from their past events, including information about presenting and publishing your research, project management, job searches in academia and industry, interviewing, and even business etiquette.