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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 Tyler Stack or David Krist at

Upcoming Events

Converging Paths: My Career as a Scientist and an Entrepreneur
Monday, October 14th at 12:00pm in 612 IGB

Dr. Penelope Shihab
CEO and Founder, Monojo Biotech;; Applied Scientific Research Fund

Born and raised in Palestine, Dr. Penelope Shihab has merged her scientific background with her business acumen. With a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from Cambridge University, she worked to realize Jordan’s potential to become a thriving, world-renowned biotech hub.

Dr. Shihab founded Monojo in 2005, a Jordanian biotechnology research firm; Skinue in 2014, an American skincare line that makes products from camel’s milk, and MyRoyale in 2016, a digital marketing platform.

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