Post Doctoral Associate

Post Doc
Worcester, MA

School - Grad School Biomedical Science - W419000
Non Union Position-W63-Residents/Post Docs
April 1, 2016


Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Biomedical Career Development


The Center for Biomedical Career Development (cBCD) within UMass Medical School’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) supports the career and professional development of ~700 doctoral and postdoctoral biomedical trainees at UMass Medical School while contributing to the scholarship of the field.



We are seeking to hire a postdoctoral fellow to join our efforts in developing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating career development programs for doctoral and postdoctoral scholars in the biomedical sciences.  This is a full-time training position intended to prepare a scientist interested in moving into career development, curriculum development, academic administration, policy, or similar career paths while bringing a scholarly perspective to their future endeavor. This could also be an initial step toward education research. The postdoctoral fellow will contribute to or be responsible for a range of projects within the cBCD related to our NIH Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) grant.  The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to attend regional or national conference(s) to better learn the depth and breadth of the field. The individual will report to the Assistant Dean, Career & Professional Development and work closely with the Assistant Director.


Example responsibilities include:

  • Contributing to development and implementation of existing and new curricula and programs,
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting evaluation data
  • Proposing and preparing visualizations of quantitative data
  • Developing or updating resources for internal and external audiences, such as trainees, faculty, or career development professionals. For example: Observing workshops, courses, or other program elements to develop resources for disseminating lesson design and rationale, evaluation metrics and outcomes, or teaching materials for use at other universities
  • Meeting with students in career counseling appointments
  • Reaching out to employers in a variety of scientific career paths
  • Other duties as is necessary




  • Doctoral or equivalent degree (currently held or expect to obtain shortly) in a scientific discipline, educational leadership, counseling, communication, or a related degree
  • Demonstrated ability to create timelines, meet project deadlines, assess priorities, take initiative, and operate in a flexible manner in order to meet the dynamic needs of the group and projects
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret complex data and visually represent it clearly and effectively
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and independent judgment.
  • Ability to be discreet and handle confidential information
  • Excellent computer/technical skills
  • Ability to work within a team and independently
  • Innovation, flexibility, and creativity
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including professional correspondence


  • Experience with the development of educational resources or curricula
  • Knowledge of biomedical research culture in academic and indusry settings
  • Experience developing programs in the areas of career development
  • Demonstrated skills in teaching and individual advising
  • Demonstrated ability to work with multidisciplinary groups
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a broad professional network across academic, public, and private sector entities
  • Experience using MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), web development tools, and social media
  • Knowledge of biomedical research culture in academic and industry settings
  • Experience developing programs in the area of career development




Additional Information:

This is a one-year position, with opportunity to renew pending mutual agreement and funding availability.


Please apply online and submit a cover letter and CV (or resume) as single pdf, preferably by April 18, 2016.


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