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

Workshop: Develop a Plan for 2017

Kick off 2017 right by making a plan for the upcoming year! Come join the IGB PDA for a workshop on developing a postdoc plan on Thursday January 12, 3-4 pm in 612 IGB. We will give a brief introduction on different plan options and then have time for people to work on their plans. Bring your computer so that you can start developing a great plan for 2017. There will be coffee and cookies to help motivate plan development! View the flyer here.

IGB Postdoctoral Association Meeting

The IGB PDA will be having a meeting on Thursday February 2, 2017 at noon in 612 IGB on Understanding the Academic Job Search.  Alexis Thompson from the Postdoctoral Affairs Office will give this talk. Come with questions!  As always, we will have pizza for lunch. Come early (11:45) for food and socializing. View the flyer 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