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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.

For further information, contact Steven Burgess and Ursula Ruiz-Vera at


January 21, 2021, 12:00pm

Cecilia Gentle, PhD
IGB Economic Development Fellow
Kwaku Opoku, PhD
Technology Manager, Office of Technology Management

"Academia or industry, why you should think about inventorship"

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February 18, 2021, 12:00pm

Chinmay Soman, PhD
Co-founder and CEO of EarthSense
Chang He, PhD
Research scientist 

“Careers in Start-ups and Industry”

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March 18, 2021, 12:00pm

Li-Qing Chen, PhD
Assistant Professor of Plant Biology, Illinois
Tyler Stack, PhD
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Providence College
Amanda Cavanaugh, PhD
Lecturer, University of Essex

“Careers in Academia”

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April 15, 2021, 12:00pm

Cherise Marks
Assistant Director, Illinois Leadership Center

“SMART Goals for Personal Development Plans”

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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