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
Annual sick leave carries forward annually and automatically, but the maximum amount that a full-time trainee may have at any one time is 160 hours.
Differing in content and format from the online and in-person sessions provided by AVA-Trainee, the newly designed “Fast Track Orientation” is offered periodically to introduce postdoctoral fellows to benefits, policies, processes, resources and faculty and postdoc insights that make your postdoc training more productive and facilitate your professional and career growth. Mentor/mentee training as well as faculty and postdoc insights and strategies to maximize your postdoctoral experience are included. The orientation includes a resource fair that introduces postdoctoral fellows to MD Anderson resources such as the Alumni & Faculty Association, Research Medical Library, Scientific Publications, and much more. Because space is limited, registration is required.
The Individual Development Plan (IDP), a cornerstone of a successful training experience and now required by NIH for all granting mechanisms, is emphasized. The Initial Training Plan and Annual Appraisal were developed to facilitate conversations between you and your mentor(s), by assessing the needs of you and your mentor(s), enumerating short- and long- term goals and identifying the professional development resources required to facilitate achievement.
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 executive committee (PDAEC) 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.
Modeled after our highly successful faculty leadership programs, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Development (OPAD) develops and facilitates interactive workshops and trainings designed to enhance your self-awareness and team dynamics, active listening, team and talent development, etc.
We also partner with our Office of Career and Entrepreneurship Advancement 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
- 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.
2017 Annual Presidential Career Symposium
Speaker introduction at Postdoc Symposium
Postdoc committee members and volunteers distribute name tags and registration materials
Speaker engages postdocs on alternative STEMM careers
Postdocs assemble for a presentation