Postdocs

Arriving at Brown

All Postdocs hired in the Division of Biology & Medicine will be contacted by Kate Duggan, Postdoctoral Program & Data Coordinator in the Office of Graduate & Postdoc Studies to schedule an orientation for your first day at Brown. During your 30 minute orientation, you will learn about support services, professional development opportunities, ethics training, research facilities, funding opportunities and representation available to you. You will also learn how to complete the I-9 process, register for a benefits orientation, complete payroll tax documents, arrange for automatic deposit of your paycheck, get your Brown ID, initiate your Brown email account, and when appropriate, register at the Office of International Students and Scholar Services. Feel free to review our Postdoc Handbook to learn more.

Salaries & Stipends

It is the policy of the Division of Biology & Medicine that both Postdoctoral Research Associates and Fellows support be commensurate with the NIH postdoctoral fellow scale as defined by the NIH Notice Number: NOT-OD-14-046. All new Brown paid postdoctoral appointments and reappointments within the Division should utilize the new NIH scale as the expected salary minimum, noting that all compensation is based on availability of funding and satisfactory job performance.

About Postdoctoral Researchers

Postdoc Training Status Report - June 2008
Postdoc Working Group Report - April 2010
Brown's Postdoctoral Advisory Panel: Bridging the Biomedical - University Divide - Postdoc poster presented at 2010 National Postdoc Association annual meeting.
NPA Core Competencies Addressed in the Brown University IMSD Training Grant - Postdoc poster presented at 2011 National Postdoc Association annual meeting.
Postdoc Orientation: A Multifaceted Approach - Postdoc poster presented at 2012 National Postdoc Association annual meeting.

Communication

OGPS offers several means of communication with and between postdocs. You can immediately connect with Brown University and other postdocs through:

Weekly Update

Every Friday, OGPS sends an email, highlighting professional development events, conferences, important notices, job opportunities and funding opportunities.

Listserv

Postdocs have access to their own listserv (search http://listserv.brown.edu for POSTDOCBB) to facilitate communication among all postdocs campus-wide. All new postdocs are automatically added to this listserv.

Facebook

In response to interest in bringing together members of the postdoc community with similar interests, the Postdoc Advisory Panel has established the Postdocs in Providence Facebook page.

LinkedIn

Keep in touch and identify interest groups with similar research interests on Brown University Postdocs LinkedIn Group (search http://www.linkedin.com for the "Brown University BioMed Graduate Students & Postdocs" group). OGPS uses this professional online resource to communicate important professional development information to postdocs, including open positions of interest to the BioMed postdoc community.

Representation

Postdoctoral Advisory Panel (PAP)

A group of postdocs which represents over 250 postdocs at Brown University. They volunteer to meet periodically with the Division of BioMed's Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and Postdoctoral Program & Data Coordinator, and the Graduate School's Assistant Dean of Recruiting and Professional Development with a goal to enhance the postdoctoral experience at Brown.

National Postdoc Association (NPA)

The University is an institutional member of the NPA. All postdocs at Brown have FREE Affiliate membership. Consider becoming a member of the NPA, as they provide a national voice and seek positive change for postdoctoral scholars.
1. Go to: www.nationalpostdoc.org
2. Click on Membership -> Join the NPA -> Affiliate Member
3. Enter your information and choose "Brown University" from the Affiliate Institution drop-down menu. You MUST have a valid Brown email address to sign up.

Professional Development

Professional development for postdoctoral research trainees within the Division is supported by numerous events and activities throughout the year, offered both by OGPS and with partner Departments/ Centers. Professional development topics include Navigating the Publication Process, Communicating Your Science, How to Negotiate an Academic Job Offer, Financial Stewardship, Grantsmanship, Conflict Management, Negotiation Skills, and Career Panels.

Biocareers

A consortium of leading schools including Brown University, Stanford, Vanderbilt, UPenn, and over a dozen other research institutions. This career website lists career resources, provides a large section on career paths in academics and government, and a section on exploring options across a broader range of paths. There is information relating to your job search, webinars, jobs board, featured jobs, jobs marketplace, search basics, and skill building. Only Alumni, Postdocs, and students from Consortium Schools may use the Jobs Board.

The Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning

The Sheridan Center offers postdocs and junior faculty four year-long Teaching Certificate programs designed to help participants develop a reflective teaching practice, improve their effectiveness as an instructor and prepare for careers in higher education. Space is limited, so register early if you wish to participate offers postdocs and junior faculty teaching orientation programs, several teaching and learning events including several levels of teaching certificates. In addition the these programs, the Center offers the following free, confidential consultations for members of the Brown teaching community:

  • Teaching Observations
  • Departmental Micro-Teaching
  • Course Consultations
  • Student Evaluations Consultation
  • Presentation Consultations: Conferences & Poster Sessions
  • Grants: Educational Components
  • Preparing for the Academic Job Market

CareerLAB

CareerLAB welcomes postdocs to attend their many programs. In collaboration with the Sheridan Center, the Academic Job Search Series covers the process, resources and timelines of conducting an effective job search for tenure track or other research positions in higher education. CareerLAB also offers programming related to career options beyond academia in business, government, non-profits and research settings. The graduate student sections on the CareerLAB website will be helpful for post-docs seeking either academic and non-academic job search.

Center for Computation and Visualization (CCV)

94 Waterman Street, Telephone (401) 863-7557

CVV offers three levels of Certificates in High-Performance Computing (HPC) for Brown postdoctoral researchers who complete workshops in topics ranging from basic to advanced.

The goal of this program is to help train participants with diverse backgrounds to use computing more effectively in their research at Brown and beyond. The program's focus is on practical and timely knowledge that participants can apply immediately to their own research and that, in the long term, will broaden their career options in both academia and industry.

Dean of the College Writing Center

Provides individual and group writing support free of charge to any member of the Brown community. Writing Center staff help students with all stages of the writing process, from finding a topic through drafting, revising, and final editing.

BioMed Research Facilities

Brown's research network features advanced facilities situated on-campus and at partner institutions throughout the state. Available to faculty and students alike, these facilities encourage discovery and innovation by providing state-of-the-art equipment and resources.

Library Research

In an effort to extend access, the Library offers document delivery from their print journal collection. For questions contact the Head Librarian, Circulation and Access Services, Rockefeller Library.

Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS)

Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) (formerly Disability Support Services) coordinates and facilitates services for the Brown community with physical, psychological, and learning disabilities. Those who may need accommodations or services due to a disability or medical condition should contact Student and Employee Accessibility Services to discuss their needs and begin the registration process. Disabilty-related requests for accommodations and services are evaluated individually, based on documentation and completion of the registration process.