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We are committed to supporting your career development. Under the direction of Jennifer Aumiller, M.Ed., Director, Career and Professional Development for GPILS/OPS, postdoctoral fellows are afforded a variety of career development training and counseling activities.

Research Career Development & Planning

The School or Medicine's Office for Research Career Development offers grant writing training opportunities, including introductory workshops on writing R01and Career Development (K) applications.

Additionally, the Scientific Leadership and Project Management seminar series, led by successful UMB investigators, offers Postdoctoral Scholars training in the critical skills needed to launch independent careers.

The Graduate Program in Life Sciences and the Office of Postdoctoral Scholars organizes NRSA (F) Grant Writing Workshops led by faculty mentors who have established a strong track record of assisting trainees with successful grant applications. This workshop concludes with a luncheon featuring a panel discussion with current graduate students and postdocs who have been awarded NRSA's.

Postdoctoral Scholars are strongly encouraged to utilize an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to help facilitate their pathway to independence. Through the IDP, Postdoctoral Scholars and their faculty advisors work together to establish mutually aligned goals and expectations throughout the duration of the postdoctoral training period.

Additional workshops include: Communicating Your Research, Effectively Using PowerPoint, Networking for Career Success and more.

Career Counseling

The Office of Postdoctoral Scholars sponsor a variety of career workshops including, CV/resume writing, networking, identifying transferable skills, conducting a job search, interviewing and more.

Postdoctoral scholars may also receive confidential one-on-one career counseling to have their CV/resume critiqued, plan a job search, explore career options and practice their interviewing skills.
Schedule an appointment.

Our customized section on the Bio-Careers website provides additional career resources and job postings to Postdoctoral Scholars and alumni.

Careers in Science Seminar Series

Throughout the year, the Graduate Program in Life Sciences and the Office of Postdoctoral Scholars sponsor a seminar series that exposes Postdoctoral Scholars to a wide array of scientific careers.

Our post-docs also enjoy the benefit a newly revised Research Ethics Curriculum offered by the Graduate Program in Life Sciences.

For additional information on all career development opportunities. 


Jennifer Aumiller, MEd, Director, Career and Professional Development, GPILS/OPS