IGB Postdoctoral Association

The IGB Postdoctoral Association provides professional guidance and social opportunities for post-doctoral scholars. We hold seminars to inform postdocs of the tools and services available at IGB, organize workshops and resources for career development, and host events to encourage social interaction and professional collaboration between members of the community. Every postdoctoral researcher at IGB is welcome to contribute their ideas and suggestions for events.

Download our flyer for the upcoming meeting schedule.

For further information, contact Betsy Parkinson or Iris Kohler at

IGB Postdoctoral Welcome

In order to keep our postdocs informed of the resources available on campus we are hosting our first annual Postdoc Welcome Lunch on October 10th, at 12pm in IGB room 612. A number of relevant campus organizations will have an information table at this event (including: UIUC Postdoctoral Affairs Office, Benefits Services, Extension Financial Wellness Center, Activities and Recreations Center, IGB Postdoctoral Association, Core Facilities, Outreach, and Communications). This will be an opportunity to ensure that all new, and current, postdocs will have up to date knowledge of these organizations and the services they provide. View the flyer here.

IGB Postdoctoral Association Meeting

The IGB PDA will be having a meeting on Thursday November 3, 2016 at noon in 612 IGB on Developing a Teaching Philosophy for the Academic Job Search. Lucas Anderson from the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) will give an introduction on how to develop this important document. Come with questions about teaching philosophies! Also, Lucas will have more information about professional development opportunities for postdocs (e.g. teaching certificates).  Come hungry! As always, we will have pizza for lunch. Come early (11:45) for food and socializing." View the flyer here.

Postdoctoral Research Associate Development Plan (PDP)

The goal of the IGB postdoctoral research associate development plan (PDP) is to assist IGB postdoctoral researchers in becoming independent, high-quality scientists with strong project management and administrative skills.  As part of the development plan, the IGB postdoctoral research associate will receive guidance and practical experience in written and oral communication skills, preparation of grant proposals, teaching, mentoring and laboratory management skills, responsible professional practices, and career counseling.

The PDP template can be found at