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Become A Postdoc

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  • $46,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Postdoc Do At Virginia Tech

* Assist Dr.
* Lahne in the development and execution of his research agenda in the sensory evaluation of foods and beverages, with a focus on fermented and distilled beverages, craft foods, and Virginia agricultural products.
* Pursue sponsored research opportunities through grant-writing.
* Develop an independent research agenda that complements the sensory laboratory’s current research.
* Oversee the execution and management of industry-funded research projects.
* Support graduate students in completing sensory research.
* Supervise and manage the day-to-day running and maintenance of the sensory laboratory facility in the Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1 (HABB1).
* Contribute to the writing and publication of research

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How To Become A Postdoc

Medical scientists typically have a Ph.D., usually in biology or a related life science. Some medical scientists get a medical degree instead of a Ph.D., but prefer doing research to practicing as a physician.

Education

Students planning careers as medical scientists typically pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field. Undergraduate students benefit from taking a broad range of classes, including life sciences, physical sciences, and math. Students also typically take courses that develop communication and writing skills, because they must learn to write grants effectively and publish research findings.

After students have completed their undergraduate studies, they typically enter Ph.D. programs. Dual-degree programs are available that pair a Ph.D. with a range of specialized medical degrees. A few degree programs that are commonly paired with Ph.D. studies are Medical Doctor (M.D.), Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). Whereas Ph.D. studies focus on research methods, such as project design and data interpretation, students in dual-degree programs learn both the clinical skills needed to be a physician and the research skills needed to be a scientist.

Graduate programs emphasize both laboratory work and original research. These programs offer prospective medical scientists the opportunity to develop their experiments and, sometimes, to supervise undergraduates. Ph.D. programs culminate in a thesis that the candidate presents before a committee of professors. Students may specialize in a particular field, such as gerontology, neurology, or cancer.

Those who go to medical school spend most of the first 2 years in labs and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, microbiology, pathology, medical ethics, and medical law. They also learn how to record medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses. They may be required to participate in residency programs, meeting the same requirements that physicians and surgeons have to fulfill.

Medical scientists often continue their education with postdoctoral work. Postdoctoral work provides additional and more independent lab experience, including experience in specific processes and techniques such as gene splicing, which is transferable to other research projects.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Medical scientists primarily conduct research and typically do not need licenses or certifications. However, those who administer drugs, gene therapy, or otherwise practice medicine on patients in clinical trials or a private practice need a license to practice as a physician.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Communication is critical, because medical scientists must be able to explain their conclusions. In addition, medical scientists write grant proposals, because grants often are required to fund their research.

Critical-thinking skills. Medical scientists must use their expertise to determine the best method for solving a specific research question.

Data-analysis skills. Medical scientists use statistical techniques, so that they can properly quantify and analyze health research questions.

Decisionmaking skills. Medical scientists must determine what research questions to ask, how best to investigate the questions, and what data will best answer the questions.

Observation skills. Medical scientists conduct experiments that require precise observation of samples and other health data. Any mistake could lead to inconclusive or misleading results.

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Postdoc Demographics

Gender

  • Unknown

    47.3%
  • Male

    34.5%
  • Female

    18.2%

Ethnicity

  • Asian

    63.5%
  • White

    28.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    4.3%
  • Unknown

    3.8%
  • Black or African American

    0.3%
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Languages Spoken

  • Chinese

    57.9%
  • Japanese

    15.8%
  • German

    5.3%
  • French

    5.3%
  • Russian

    5.3%
  • Korean

    5.3%
  • Xiang

    5.3%
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Real Postdoc Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Postdoc Technologist Infineum USA Inc. Linden, NJ Sep 05, 2015 $71,000
Postdoc In Mesoscale Magnetic Materials Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Feb 15, 2016 $68,004
Experimental & Computational Geochemistry Postdoc Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA Dec 15, 2014 $66,252
Postdoc-Celluar Signaling Dynamics Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Waltham, MA Jun 09, 2016 $65,000 -
$75,000
Postdoc RES Affiliate The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. University Palo Alto, CA Sep 17, 2016 $60,000
Postdoc Scientist Biovision, Inc. Milpitas, CA Mar 09, 2016 $58,000
Postdoc Regents of The University of California at Riversi Riverside, CA Jan 01, 2014 $54,000 -
$75,000
Postdoc RES Affiliate The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. University Stanford, CA Jan 06, 2016 $53,768
Postdoc RES Affiliate The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. University Stanford, CA Jan 08, 2016 $53,768
Postdoc RES Affiliate The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. University Stanford, CA May 01, 2016 $53,250
Postdoc RES Affiliate The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. University Stanford, CA Jan 05, 2016 $53,250
Postdoc Regents of The University of California at Riversi Riverside, CA Sep 23, 2013 $48,000
Postdoce Regents of The University of California at Riversi Riverside, CA Sep 01, 2013 $46,920 -
$49,884
Postdoc Regents of The University of California at Riversi Riverside, CA Sep 01, 2013 $46,920 -
$49,884
Postdoc Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA Jan 15, 2014 $46,500
Postdoc University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA Nov 16, 2015 $46,344
Postdoc Scholar Employee University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA Jan 01, 2016 $46,344
Postdoc The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL Nov 21, 2015 $46,259
Teaching Postdoc North Dakota State University Fargo, ND Jan 01, 2015 $42,429
Postdoc Employee Regents of The University of California at Riverside Riverside, CA Nov 01, 2014 $42,000 -
$51,096
Postdoc Employee Regents of The University of California at Riverside Riverside, CA Jan 01, 2015 $42,000 -
$51,096
Postdoc Employee Regents of The University of California at Riverside Riverside, CA Jan 05, 2015 $42,000 -
$51,096
Postdoc Employee Regents of The University of California at Riverside Riverside, CA Jan 06, 2015 $42,000 -
$51,096
Postdoc Employee Regents of The University of California at Riverside Riverside, CA Jan 07, 2014 $42,000 -
$51,096
Postdoc-Employee Regents of The University of California at Riverside Riverside, CA Jan 11, 2014 $42,000 -
$51,096
Postdoc Employee Regents of The University of California at Riverside Riverside, CA Jun 25, 2014 $42,000 -
$51,096

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Top Skills for A Postdoc

ProteinExpressionGeneExpressionTotalSynthesisAdenovirusDNALabMembersPCRHplcDataAnalysisMassSpectrometryLCNSFMolecularBiologyActionMechanism3-BromotyrosineMonoclonalAntibodyMedicinePythonElisaAFMAffinityChromatographySEM

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Top Postdoc Skills

  1. Protein Expression
  2. Gene Expression
  3. Total Synthesis
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Characterized protein expression profile of mouse endothelial cells after overexpressing Cu/Zn-SOD and catalase in combination or overexpressing Cu/Zn-SOD or catalase alone.
  • Developed gene expression assay for cannabinoid and AMPA receptors during ALS disease development.
  • Advised by Dr. Kenner Rice, who patented the process for the total synthesis of morphine.
  • Performed PCR, RT-PCR,western blot, ELISA & protein assays such as BCA, Lowry, Bradford etc.
  • Developed an HPLC method for the detection and quantification of PIT-1 and DM-PIT-1 in biological samples.

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