Professional Development

Penn State Postdoctoral Society

The Penn State Postdoctoral Society’s mission is to enhance the postdoctoral experience at Penn State by providing resources to assist postdoctoral scholars and fellows in their professional and personal development. The society’s aim is to provide information and support for career advancement, finances, and family issues. The society also represents postdoctoral causes to the university administration. In addition, it facilitates social interactions among postdocs at Penn State with a goal of building a community where postdocs can benefit from an exchange of knowledge and experience.

Career Development Opportunities

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs within the Office of the Vice President for Research provides a venue for postdoctoral scholars to learn about and participate in career development opportunities. Throughout the academic year, the office offers seminars on developing research proposals, creating and maintaining a successful online presence, and interviewing for and negotiating offers on faculty positions, among many other topics. In addition, the office provides workshops and lunch sessions on other topics of interest to postdocs. 

Within the Huck Institutes, career development opportunities arise throughout the academic year in the form of seminars, lecture series, symposia, and workshops on a wide variety of topics in the life sciences. Through these events, postdocs have nearly limitless opportunities to expand their knowledge of the life sciences and to interact with researchers from around the world. The Huck Institutes maintain a calendar of upcoming events.