Your success is central to the vision and mission of MD Anderson. We advance the education and training of you -- our next generation of leaders -- by engaging you in professional development activities that complement your technical skills training and discipline-specific expertise.
MD Anderson Cancer Center has a “Postdoctoral Fellow Stipend Policy” which defines the minimum stipend level for a postdoctoral fellow appointment as the National Institutes of Health Kirschstein-National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipend for zero years of experience. Annual incremental increases for years of postdoctoral appointment that parallel the Kirschstein-NRSA stipends are recommended, but not required.
All postdoctoral fellows who are benefits-eligible (i.e. appointment > 4 ½ months; FTE > 0.5; receive compensation from MD Anderson) receive MD Anderson competitive benefits during their training. The standard benefits package includes the following:
- Medical insurance
- 120 hours vacation and 80 hours sick leave annually (full-time fellows)
- Up to 480 hours FMLA leave after fulfilling criteria
- Fitness Center membership (full-time postdoctoral fellows)
- Parental leave
- Access to group plans for dental, vision, short- and long- term disability
- Health care and daycare spending accounts
- Enrollment in the Teacher’s Retirement System
- Access to the Employee Assistance Program, Employee Health and Well-Being, and the Ombuds office
Unused vacation hours and annual sick leave carries forward annually and automatically. The maximum amount of vacation hours for full-time trainee cannot exceed 240 hours. The maximum amount of sick leave that a full-time trainee may have at any one time is 160 hours.
Complementing the onboarding sessions provided by Research Trainee Programs, the unit that handles appointments, reappointments and policies of research trainees, the newly designed “Smart Track Orientation” will provide an overall orientation to the goals, and expectations of the role, and to research-related resources at MD Anderson. Offered online and in-person (i.e., virtually during social distancing restrictions), Smart Track will represent an opportunity for new postdocs to build relationships with other new colleagues, promote engagement, and ensure that new postdocs develop for themselves a strategic overview of their own postdoctoral training at MD Anderson. Items to be covered in this initial session are: Navigating MD Anderson as a researcher, educational opportunities available at MD Anderson and Texas Medical Center, and drafting a timeline for research goal setting and plans for after completing their postdoc.
Whether in academic medicine or industry, your professional success and fulfillment requires more than just great technical skills. Being active in the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) and/or its leadership provides real-world scenarios that can inform your resume/CV or next interview by enhancing your emotional intelligence, interpersonal effectiveness and management and leadership skills.
We also partner with our Office of Career Services to provide career and professional advising to help you identify potential career paths. We currently use the free assessment at myIDP.sciencecareers.org to facilitate this discovery. Other assistance provided is listed below.
- One on one coaching to:
- Network for career development
- Identify and prepare for interviews
- Convert a CV to a Resume
- Assistance with preparing applications and for interviews for the next phase of your career
- Assistance with questions regarding postdoctoral appointments, benefits, policies
- Resouces and training to navigate difficult conversations, for aligning and managing expectations, and/or differences of opinion with a mentor or others
Trainee Editing Service
About the program: The Trainee Editing Service at MD Anderson is comprised of postdoctoral fellow and senior scientist editors with various backgrounds. This program serves two purposes
- To provide a free peer-editing service to MD Anderson graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
- Presents an education opportunity for those who wish to gain editing experience. This program encourages the submission of early-phase manuscripts, award applications, reviews, book chapters, etc. Full follow-up editing of trainees’ original research papers is still available through the Department of Scientific Publications, which should be contacted separately.
Please review our guidelines before submitting a writing sample.
Directions for submitting a document for editing:
1. Download and Complete cover sheet.
2. Email completed cover sheet and document to be edited (in Microsoft Word format) to TES@mdanderson.org.
NOTE: Remember to copy ("cc") your primary investigator (P.I.) on the e-mail.
Current or former MD Anderson educational appointees may request a verification of their educational experience by completing a Request for Verification of Education Appointment form.
- Requests for trainee verification from external entities should be submitted directly to RTP-EAS@mdanderson.org
- Requests directly from a current or former trainee must complete the request form and then submit directly to RTP-EAS@mdanderson.org
- Requests from medical boards on former GME trainees should be sent to submit directly to GMEVerifications@mdanderson.org
Please note that the AVA_EAS@mdanderson.org email address automatically transfers to RTP-EAS.
- National Postdoctoral Association
- Biocareers.com We have a paid membership to Biocareers.com to allow all trainees to access the career development content for free.
- Minority Postdoc Published by the non-profit DiverseScholar, it features resources and information related to the minority postdoctoral STEM experience.
- NPA Career Center Allows job seekers to search and immediately apply to hundreds of postdoctoral, administrative and faculty positions.
- Form I-983 Completing the Training Plan for STEM Optional Practice Training (OPT). For instructions visit the Office For Postdoctoral Fellows SharePoint Teams site (internal access only).
- TMC Lead Calendar Calendar listing additional events in the Texas Medical Center area.
2020 Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium
The 2020 Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium was held virtually.
Jim Allison, Ph.D., 2018 Nobel Prize laureate, served as the keynote speaker.
Dr. Allison's keynote topic was "Immune Checkpoint Blockade in Cancer Therapy: New insights into therapeutic mechanisms."