According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), a postdoc is an individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced research training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path. In addition, according to the National Postdoc Association (NPA), Postdoctoral appointees can pursue basic, clinical or translational projects so long as their primary effort is devoted toward their own scholarship. Postdocs are essential to the scholarly mission of the mentor and host institution, and thus are expected to have the freedom to publish the results of their scholarship.
Characteristics of a postdoctoral appointment:
It is expected that postdocs at MCW, with the assistance of their supervisor, will:
- Transition to career independence through the development of professional skills that enable the postdoc to actively pursue a career of his/her own choosing.
- Be supervised by at least one senior scholar who actively promotes the postdoc's professional development.
- Establish an individual development plan (IDP) that incorporates equally the postdoc's career and training goals and the mentor's research goals.
- Pursue basic, clinical, or translational projects so long as effort is focused primarily on research.
- Publish results of the postdoc's research and scholarship during their appointment.
- The postdoctoral appointment is temporary by nature, the aggregate amount of time spent as a postdoc is recommended to not exceed five years (not including family medical leave or maternity/paternity leave).
- As postdocs are important members of the host institution's community, appropriate levels of compensation, health care, and other benefits commensurate with their essential status should be afforded, independent of the postdoc's source of funding.
- Design and perform experiments interrogating CXCL11 structure/function relationships.
- Complete writing and revisions of manuscripts currently under development.
- Communicate findings to supervisor and other lab members during informal and formal presentations.
- Read and understand relevant literature to maintain working knowledge of the subject areas under investigation.
- Maintain healthy working relationships and collaborative interactions with other lab members.
- Perform any necessary lab tasks including preparation of lab stocks and supplies
- Maintain a detailed and accurate notebook of experiments and findings for posterity.
- Attend conferences to communicate work as necessary.
Knowledge – Skills – Abilities
Required knowledge: biology, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, documentation, records management, data utilization, complex problem solving, critical thinking, resource management, and writing skills
Skills and abilities: This will vary based on the hiring manager’s preferences and should include things that can be learned or trained for.
Minimum Required Education: PhD in a scientific field or MD
Minimum Required Experience: None
- Outstanding Healthcare Coverage, including but not limited to Health, Vision, and Dental. Along with Flexible Spending options
- 403B Retirement Package
- Competitive Vacation and Paid Holidays offered
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Paid Parental Leave
- On campus Fitness Facility, offering onsite classes.
- Additional discounted rates on items such as: Select cell phone plans, local fitness facilities, Milwaukee recreation and entertainment etc.
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For a brief overview of our benefits see: https://www.mcw.edu/departments/human-resources/benefits
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MCW as an Equal Opportunity Employer and Commitment to Non-Discrimination
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