According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), a postdoc is an individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced research training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path. In addition, according to the National Postdoc Association (NPA), Postdoctoral appointees can pursue basic, clinical or translational projects so long as their primary effort is devoted toward their own scholarship. Postdocs are essential to the scholarly mission of the mentor and host institution, and thus are expected to have the freedom to publish the results of their scholarship.
Characteristics of a postdoctoral appointment:
It is expected that postdocs at MCW, with the assistance of their supervisor, will:
- Transition to career independence through the development of professional skills that enable the postdoc to actively pursue a career of his/her own choosing.
- Be supervised by at least one senior scholar who actively promotes the postdoc's professional development.
- Establish an individual development plan (IDP) that incorporates equally the postdoc's career and training goals and the mentor's research goals.
- Pursue basic, clinical, or translational projects so long as effort is focused primarily on research.
- Publish results of the postdoc's research and scholarship during their appointment.
- The postdoctoral appointment is temporary by nature, the aggregate amount of time spent as a postdoc is recommended to not exceed five years (not including family medical leave or maternity/paternity leave).
- As postdocs are important members of the host institution's community, appropriate levels of compensation, health care, and other benefits commensurate with their essential status should be afforded, independent of the postdoc's source of funding.
- Perform qualitative and quantitative analysis on research data
- Teach in the Masters’ in Global Health Equity program
- Build and help build research portfolio on maternal child health and global health
- Assist in grant development and initiate grant submissions built upon dissertation
- Help grow and support the Masters’ in Global Health Equity program
- Build an education and research portfolio to launch career as independent faculty member
- Coordinate research study activities; lead and manage projects.
- Prepare reports, outcome findings and manuscripts.
- Participate in meetings with principal investigators and research staff in which you will contribute to the research project
Minimum Required Education: PhD in a scientific field
Minimum Required Experience: None
Preferred Education: PhD in Public & Community Health
Preferred Experience: 2-3 years experience working semi-independently under a faculty mentor
Field: Maternal Child Health and Global Health
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