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Seminars & Training

Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium

The Jefferson Postdoctoral Association (JPA) and the OPA co-host a Postdoctoral Research Symposium in the late spring/early summer each year. All postdocs are encouraged to submit abstracts that are delivered as oral or poster presentations. Prizes are given to the best oral and poster presentations. The Symposium includes an invited luncheon, keynote speaker, career fair and vendor expo, awards ceremony, and reception. More information is available by contacting the Symposium Planning Committee.

Technical Skills Seminars

The Jefferson Postdoctoral Association (JPA) hosts a technical skills seminar series each month. These seminars are sponsored by biotechnology companies and they present cutting-edge research techniques utilized by the research community here at Jefferson. Upcoming seminars are listed on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Events Calendar. Previous seminars can be accessed through the links below. Previous Technical Skills Seminars.

Career Paths for Postdoctoral Fellow Seminars

Throughout the academic year, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs provides up to seven career seminars. These seminars are given by PhD or MD scientists who have gone into a variety of careers from academia to industry to non-traditional, such as writing and venture capital. Some of the speakers are Jefferson alumni. Go to the Events Calendar for upcoming events. Previous seminars can be accessed through the link below. All are welcome to attend these events.

Dr. Kozlowski, Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, is always open to suggestions for speakers or career topics. If you have a suggestion or know of someone that you would like to come speak, please contact Dr. Kozlowski, or by phone at (215) 503-5750. Previous Career Paths for Postdoctoral Fellows Seminars

Career Survival Skills

In addition to learning about a variety of career paths, postdoctoral fellows need to enhance their career skills, such as networking, resumeé writing, presentation, and interviewing. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs hosts both internal and external speakers on these topics. See the Events Calendar for upcoming seminars and access previous seminars through the link below. All are welcome to attend these events. Previous Career Survival Skills Seminars.

Departmental Seminars

Kimmel Cancer Center (KCC)

KCC hosts weekly seminars on research topics ranging from cancer to proteomics. To view the ongoing seminars, go to the Kimmel Cancer Center Seminars and Events page.

Training Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Program (PFAP)

The JPA/OPA has designed a series of seminars to assist postdocs in preparing fellowship applications. The program usually runs from September to December with the final panel presentation early the next year. The outline of the program is available online.

Scientific Management Course

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, along with four area institutions and ScienceCareers.org, has organized a "Scientific Management Course for Postdoctoral Fellows ". It is being held from October 2006 through March 2007. The objective of the course is to enhance skills that are necessary for a successful academic career. Detailed information about the course (closed to new enrollees) is available.

If you are interested in attending a future course, please contact Lisa Kozlowski, PhD, Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs and Recruitment.

Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Courses

The Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (JGSBS) offers courses to postdoctoral scientists. TJU tuition assistance/reimbursement program will cover 90% of the cost and postdocs are required to pay only 10%. There is an online list of courses offered. To register for any of these courses, please contact Eleanor Gorman, Assistant Coordinator for Master’s Programs in the Basic Sciences and Graduate Center Programs, at (215) 503-5799.

Sponsored Research Program Administration

A variety of learning opportunities to develop best practices in sponsored research administration (grants, clinical trials, etc) at Thomas Jefferson University can be found on the webpage of the Office of Research Administration. Professional development is offered both online and in person; at the webpage, click on the button that says “Professional Development” for class descriptions and to sign up, the button labeled “Register for Training".

Academic & Instructional Support & Resources

Academic and Instructional Support and Resources (AISR) provides educational, research and clinical activities for the Jefferson community. The resources offered by AISR include PowerPoint and Photoshop workshops. To learn more about AISR, visit their website.

Human Resources Training

The Department of Human Resources has different training programs to help in the professional development of Jefferson employees, including postdoctoral scientists. To find out about these programs, please visit the Jefferson Learning and Development Center within the Department of Human Resources website.