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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

Faculty Job Search: Session One - How to assemble an academic job application package
Thursday, June 13th at 12:00pm in 612 IGB

Faculty Job Search: Session Two - Do’s and Don’t’s during an academic interview, and the art of a successful job talk”
Thursday, July 11th at 12:00pm in 607 IGB

RSVP to Danny Ryerson at to attend either session.

These sessions will outline all of the essentials for applying to academic (faculty-style) positions, and the structure of the interview. Relevant comparisons to industry (biotech and pharma) will be made. Participants will be given the opportunity to draft an application package and receive feedback from their peers and Dr. Nelson.
Erik Nelson interviewed at several academic institutions in 2013-2014. These included small liberal arts colleges, private medical schools and research institutions, and tier 1  research institutions with a teaching mission such as Illinois. Since starting as an assistant professor at Illinois, Dr. Nelson has served on many search committees.

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