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 Amanda Cavanagh at

Upcoming Meeting

April 6th IGB Postdoc Association Meeting
Are you interested in pursuing a career in a government or industrial lab? Are you curious to hear what people do day-to-day in these settings? Come to the IGB Postdoc Association Meeting on April 6 at noon in 612 IGB to find out. We will have Dr. Neil Price from the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (USDA) and Dr. Robert Cicchillo from Dow AgroSciences come to talk about their experiences. Each will give a brief presentations following which we will have a short panel discussion. Come with questions! Also, as usual we will have pizza lunch. Come at 11:45 for pizza and socializing.

Download a poster here.

Resources for Postdoctoral Researchers

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


National Postdoc Association
To become a member on the National Postdoc Association (and receive access to their online resources) please use the following link:

IGB postdoctoral researchers should select "Affiliate Individual Member, Postdoc" and must provide their institutional e-mail address ( as the primary or alternate address to receive free membership.

The Career Planning Tool, "NPA Core Competencies," can be found at


Science Careers Individual Development Plan (myIDP)
The Science Careers Individual Development Plan, or myIDP, provides:

  • Exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values
  • A list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests
  • A tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track
  • Articles and resources to guide you through the process

Visit the page at or access articles related to myIPD at