Our goal is to foster a rich environment that provides career development training and programs to launch your career. We facilitate this through one-on-one career and professional advising and through networking and social events to engage our postdoctoral community.
We provide career and professional advising to help you with the following questions, issues and concerns:
- Identify potential career paths based on your individual skills and interests. We currently use the free assessment at myIDP.sciencecareers.org to facilitate this discovery.
- One on one coaching to:
- Network for career development
- Identify and prepare for informational interviews
- Convert a CV to a Resume
- Prepare for an interview
- Assistance with preparing applications and for interviews for medical residency
- Questions regarding postdoctoral appointments, benefits, policies
- Resources to navigate difficult conversations, for managing expectations, and/or differences of opinion with a mentor or others
Fellowships are available at MD Anderson from a number of training grants (T32s and R25) and internal programs such as the Odyssey Fellowship Program.
Endowed Fellowships are available on an annual basis to clinical and postdoctoral fellows. Nomination(s) are submitted by mentor(s) in the Fall and awardees are announced in the Spring, annually. For more information, contact us.
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 receive similar benefits to employees. The standard benefits package includes medical insurance for self, 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 and more. Additionally, all postdoc fellows have access to the Employee Assistance Program, Employee Health and Well-Being, the Ombuds office, etc..
Postdoctoral Fellows receive 120 hours of vacation and 80 hours of sick leave annually.
A large number of resources are available at MD Anderson to enhance the postdoctoral experience and maximize your training. The “Fast Track Orientation” is a 5 hour program offered quarterly that introduces postdocs to some of the different resources including
o The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Development (OPAD) and the Office of Career and Entrepreneurship Advancement (CEA), both within Faculty and Academic Development, who offer career advising, career development programming focused in academic careers (OPAD) and non-academic careers (CEA).
- Research Medical Library, who offer access to journals, databases, and e-books, in addition to training on utilizing their resources, creating professional academic social media presences (e.g. ResearchGate and ORCiD), and more!
- Office of Sponsored Programs, who offer information on how to identify fellowship resources, information on MD Anderson’s grant submission process (including timelines to plan for submission), as well as discussion of pertinent NIH notices related to grant mechanisms.
- Scientific Publications, who provide information about their courses in grant writing, scientific writing and ESL, editing services for grants and manuscripts and hands-on training for beginning a manuscript.
- Shared Resources / Core Facilities, who provide information about all the centralized core facilities supported by the Cancer Center Support Grant.
- Institutional Travel Guidelines, presented by Accounts Payable, to provide information on the processes around travel supported by MD Anderson.
- Online training resources through HR and Professional Oncology Education
- Fellowships available at MD Anderson
- Global Academic Programs, who facilitates and administers the MD Anderson Sister Institution Network, the largest global network of cancer centers who collaboratively engage through research and education to reduce the world's cancer burden.
- Personal Safety on Campus, presented by The University of Texas Police Department, to provide information on safety and resources available to all UT employees.
- Postdoc Association Executive Committee, who share their ongoing activities and advocacy for improving the postdoctoral experience.
- Employee Assistance Program, who provide resources for a healthier and more productive work environment through assistance for all employees and their families and the Employee Health and Well-being who provide occupational health services to employees.
- Ombuds Office, who provide a confidential, informal, impartial and safe place to discuss concerns, issues, or conflicts.
Orientation We offer a quarterly orientation to introduce your postdoctoral fellow to resources to make their postdoc training more productive and facilitate professional and career growth!
Trainee Research Day is an annual event sponsored by the MD Anderson Alumni & Faculty Association to recognize and exhibit the research of our educational trainees. It is scheduled for May 3, 2017 and more information is available by contacting us.
An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is the cornerstone of a successful training experience and is now required by NIH for all granting mechanisms. We have developed two recommended documents for use to maximize the postdoc experience including (a) an Initial Training Plan (LINK) and (b) an Annual Appraisal (LINK).
The goals of these documents are to facilitate conversation between the trainee and the mentor, by assessing the needs of both, enumerating short- and long- term goals and identifying the professional development resources required to facilitate achievement.
Career Symposium – The Annual Presidential Career Symposium offers access to experts in a variety of career paths and career development training, while networking with colleagues from TMC institutions.
Postdoc Science Symposium – The Annual Postdoctoral Science Symposium offers the opportunity to network with colleagues from TMC Institutions while presenting your science, learning from colleagues, a featured keynote and invited speakers, as well as gaining valuable career skills during breakout sessions.
Monthly Networking Coffee Breaks We collaborate with the Postdoctoral Executive Committee’s Community Engagement Team to provide a monthly networking coffee break in different locations around the MD Anderson campus. They are typically held on the first Friday of the month and frequently feature a guest speaker on a career development topic.
Annual Postdoc and Family Picnic (Spring, annually) We host a picnic each spring for postdoctoral fellows and their families. The most recent event was held at Hermann Park on May 28, 2016.
National Postdoc Appreciation Week (Sept annually) We greatly appreciate the contributions of our postdoctoral fellows to the research enterprise. National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2016 begins on Sept 19th and our theme is “Celebrating Our Community” and will feature:
- Pub Trivia and Board Game Night – Sept 19 – 5-7pm – SCRB 1&2 conference rooms – FREE parking in the surface lot behind SCRB1/2 – Come unwind with colleagues over pizza and snacks!
- Postdoktoberfest – Sept 22 – 5-7pm – TMC Commons – Shuttle service to South Campus is available after the event – Come network with postdocs from all the TMC Institutions while enjoying traditional German Octoberfest food and drink!
- International Luncheon – Sept 23 – 11:30am -1:30pm – 1Mid-Campus 3rd Floor Ballroom – Featuring 3 regional cuisines representative of some of our 55 different countries: Mediterranean, Chinese and Mexican! Come network with your colleagues over delicious food!
Postdoktoberfest (Sept/Aug annually) – Sept 22 – 5-7pm – TMC Commons – Shuttle service to South Campus is available after the event. Come network with postdocs from all the TMC Institutions while enjoying traditional German Octoberfest food and drink!
Affinity Groups at MD Anderson and within the Texas Medical Center are available to help you grow and succeed in the MD Anderson environment. We wish to support additional groups as topics are identified, so please connect with us and the Postdoc Association to share your opinions and needs.
- STEM Education Interest Group
Intramural Sports Teams – We support the health and well-being of our postdocs by organizing intramural sports teams in collaboration with the Postdoc Executive Committee.
Postdoc Movie and Game Nights We host Pub Trivia, Board Game and Movie nights throughout the year to build a sense of community among our postdoctoral fellows.
Professional headshots are available through MD Anderson's Media Graphics for a nominal fee.
Business cards with MD Anderson branding can be ordered through the UT Print Shop.
We are an institutional, sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association, which means all of our postdocs, faculty and staff are eligible for FREE Affiliate memberships and access to all the content for professional development,
We have a paid membership to Biocareers.com to allow all of our trainees to access the career development content for free.