The National Postdoctoral Association is a professional association that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. The NPA was founded in 2003, with an ambitious agenda to enhance the quality of the postdoctoral experience. Since its founding, the NPA has assumed a leadership role in addressing the many issues confronting the postdoctoral community that are national in scope, requiring action beyond the local level.
The New York Postdocs portal was established in the Summer of 2009 with the goal to pool information relevant to postdoctoral researchers and their families in the greater New York City area. In addition, this new web portal will help establish inter-institutional connections among the city’s postdoctoral community. The career, life, and news sections are available for blogging. One of the popular sections is the calendar which provides information about events accessible to all postdocs in the NYC area.
The Metro NY Chapter of AWIS share the mission to empower women to enter, remain, and advance in science careers both inside and outside academia. We provide professional development training and a supportive community with opportunities for networking and mentoring.
MinorityPostdoc.org is the premier web portal on the minority postdoctoral experience. We feature resources & events about career advice, professional development, jobs, funding, fellowships, mentoring, and diversity issues. In particular, we publicize the activities of diversity-related postdoc groups. As a “virtual career center” we help Ph.D. graduate students transition to the postdoctoral stage and both grads/postdocs transition to their first professional position in academia, industry, and other careers. We are also a community of minority talent for recruiting and peer-to-peer mentoring.
Since 1817, the New York Academy of Sciences has been bringing together scientists of different disciplines from around the world. Their purpose is to advance the understanding of science, technology, and medicine, and to stimulate new ways to think about how their research is applied in society and the world. An independent, nonprofit, membership-based organization, the Academy has always relied on the generous support of its members and partnering institutions for its vitality. Today the Academy is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost organizers of scientific conferences and symposia.
CUNY now provides free membership for postdocs and doctoral students.
Science Writers in New York (SWINY) is composed of editors and writers who cover science and medicine in the print and electronic news media as well as public relations professionals who promote science. Anyone with an interest in science communication is welcome.
The NIH Office of intramural Training & Education (OITE) is a division of the Office of Intramural Research (OIR). Their mission is to enhance the training experience of students and fellows on all of the NIH campuses, as well as trainees and investigators outside the NIH (in the extramural community). OITE provides a wealth of online resources, including webcasts and downloadable presentations from their training and career development events. These can be found under “oite services” or “events”.
The NIH Office of Extramural Research offers a great web portal with resources on Developing Career Skills, links to many Postdoc Associations across the US, information on federal Research Policies, and links to federal and non-federal funding sources for postdoctoral research.
The NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) offer a variety of opportunities for postdoctoral and senior research fellowships in federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.
The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.
The Research Associateship Programs homepage has a step-by-step guide to identifying and applying for available research associateships.
The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) was founded in the spring of 2000 by colleges and universities in Northern California that were seeking ways to collaborate on addressing faculty and staff dual career and employment outreach challenges on their campuses.
In the spring of 2007, HERC established a national organization to help support the mission and objectives of the regional HERCs. The mission of the National HERC is to facilitate national strategic initiatives that help the regional HERCs accomplish their goals and to promote HERC-wide visibility. The mission of the regional HERCs is to advance the efforts of their member institutions to recruit and retain outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and to assist dual career couples.
For additional information on other local Postdoctoral communities:
- The Rockefeller University Postdoctoral Association
- Columbia University Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
- Mount Sinai School of Medicine Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
- NYU School of Medicine Sackler Institute Postdoctoral Resources
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine Postdoctoral Program
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Postdoctoral Resources
- Weill Cornell Medical College Office of Postdoctoral Affairs