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  • $44,498

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What Does A Postdoctoral Associate Do At SUNY Upstate Medical University

* organizing and implementing research plans, development of methods of research, testing and data collection, analysis and evaluation, and report writing.
* Will work directly with supervisor but will carry out independent and/or directed research to achieve the objectives of the research project and author scientific publications as well as assist in the preparation of grant applications.
* The Post Doctoral Associate will guide the work of research technicians and students in the lab and oversee purchases from grants.
* Duties assigned require an in-depth knowledge of neurobiology of depression, stress-induced depressive-like behaviors and molecular biology.
* PhD degree in Neuroscience or related areas, with related publications is required for this position.
* Duties assigned require an in-depth knowledge of neurobiology of depression, stress-induced depressive-like behaviors, molecular biology and in vivo and in vitro methods.
* Individuals who have experience in animal models of depression, behavioral testing, qRT
* PCR, brain dissection, histology and protein assays are

What Does A Postdoctoral Associate Do At Stony Brook University

* The Postdoctoral Associate will assist the Principal Investigator in the department of Chemistry.
* The incumbent will conduct research and ensure that all experiments are appropriately conducted following the policies and procedures of Stony Brook University.
* Design, synthesize, and characterize switchable catalysts for the synthesis of sequence-defined polymers
* Background literature search in connection with the project
* Performing other experimental analysis
* Other duties or projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and departmental mission

What Does A Postdoctoral Associate Do At University of Colorado

* The postdoc will collaborate with members of the theory group and work on independent projects.
* The postdoc will travel to conferences for networking and to present relevant publications as appropriate.
* The initial appointment is for a term of 1 calendar year, which may be renewed for 1 additional calendar year assuming satisfactory progress.
* Applicants for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher must have a PhD in a field relevant to theoretical computer science, such as computer science, mathematics, or physics; while applicants are required to have received their PhD before starting the position, their PhD need not be from one of those fields, as long as they can demonstrate an excellent track record of research in theoretical computer science.
* Salary Scale: $60,000 - $66,000 depending on experience
* Closing date for applications: 1/31/2018
* Start date: Summer 2018 or Fall 2018, depending on applicant's availability.
* For informal inquiries please contact: Professor Joshua Grochow, Computer Science, at (Joshua
* Grochow@colorado.edu)
* Ph.D.

What Does A Postdoctoral Associate Do At SUNY Downstate Medical Center

* Study the mechanisms of angiogenesis and vasculogensis during development and retinal diseases.
* Work on the biochemistry, regulation and functions of extracellular matrix proteins.
* The studies involve the utilization of cell culture and genetically modified animals to study the mechanisms of blood vessel formation and regeneration under ischemic conditions.
* Technical approaches used include cell culture, real time PCR and western blotting, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, lentivirus expression, reporter gene expression, gene knockout and with various large scale databases including RNA-seq, Chip-seq, microarrays and public databases

What Does A Postdoctoral Associate Do At University of Florida

* Write, review, edit, and publish extension and peer-reviewed publications;
* Conduct field and laboratory research on carinata production relevant to farming systems in the region;
* Present research findings to scientific, farmer and lay audiences;
* Assistance and oversight of Ph.D. and M
* S. research projects;
* Some financial management of large subawards; and
* Travel to other research units as needed.
* Participation available in Health, Dental, Vision plans, as well as supplemental plan availability
* Additional benefits information is available at theUF benefits website
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How To Become A Postdoctoral Associate

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.


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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Postdoctoral Associate Career Paths

Postdoctoral Associate
Postdoctoral Research Associate Research Associate Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Research Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Scientist Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
13 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Professor Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Postdoctoral Research Associate Research Fellow Scientist
Lead Scientist
8 Yearsyrs
Associate Research Scientist Scientist Senior Scientist
Principal Research Scientist
10 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Scientist Senior Scientist
Principal Scientist
12 Yearsyrs
Research Scientist Assistant Professor Program Director
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Scientist Project Manager Construction Manager
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Scientist Senior Scientist
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Research Scientist Project Manager Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Associate Professor Senior Scientist
Research Director
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Professor Research Associate
Research Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Lecturer Research Associate
Research Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Instructor Analyst Chemist
Senior Chemist
7 Yearsyrs
Associate Research Scientist Senior Scientist
Senior Principal Scientist
12 Yearsyrs
Scientist Research Scientist
Senior Research Associate
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Research Associate Analytical Chemist
Senior Research Chemist
6 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Research Scientist
Senior Scientist
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Scientist Senior Chemist Senior Scientist
Study Director
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Of Research And Development
12 Yearsyrs
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  • Chinese

  • French

  • Spanish

  • Mandarin

  • German

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Hindi

  • Swedish

  • Bulgarian

  • Malay

  • Armenian

  • Cantonese

  • Carrier

  • Marathi

  • Dutch

  • Korean

  • Hungarian

  • Zhuang

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Real Postdoctoral Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Postdoctoral Associate Verily Life Science LLC Mountain View, CA Sep 10, 2016 $124,000
Postdoctoral Associate Verily Life Science LLC Mountain View, CA Oct 09, 2016 $124,000
Postdoctoral Associate The Rockefeller University New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $90,000
Postdoctoral Associate Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY Jun 15, 2016 $90,000
Postdoctoral Associate Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Piscataway, NJ Oct 09, 2016 $85,000
Research & Development Postdoctoral Associate Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development, Inc. Glendale, CA Aug 09, 2015 $81,500
Postdoctoral Associate In Polymer Simulation and Modeling Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Jan 21, 2016 $80,715
Postdoctoral Associate Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA Mar 15, 2016 $80,000
Postdoctoral Associate Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Aug 11, 2015 $80,000
Postdoctoral Associate Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Jan 02, 2016 $80,000
Distinguished Postdoctoral Associate Computational Earth SCI Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Apr 04, 2016 $79,500
Postdoctoral Associate Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY Feb 07, 2015 $51,358
Postdoctoral Associate Cornell University Ithaca, NY Apr 19, 2015 $51,250
Postdoctoral Associate University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN Sep 15, 2015 $51,152
Postdoctoral Associate Cornell University Ithaca, NY Jan 05, 2016 $51,150
Postdoctoral Associate Duke University Durham, NC Mar 16, 2016 $51,126
Postdoctoral Associate Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute Orlando, FL Oct 10, 2016 $51,126
Postdoctoral Associate/Fellow Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX Jun 09, 2016 $51,120
Chemistry Postdoctoral Associate (With Summer Teaching) The Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO Aug 04, 2015 $47,250
Postdoctoral Associate University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN Apr 01, 2015 $47,244
Postdoctoral Associate Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Saint Louis, MO Aug 23, 2015 $47,244
Postdoctoral Associate Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA Jan 25, 2015 $47,244
Postdoctoral Associate University of Minnesota Saint Paul, MN Jan 07, 2016 $47,244
Postdoctoral Associate Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Sep 01, 2015 $47,244

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Top Skills for A Postdoctoral Associate


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Top Postdoctoral Associate Skills

  1. Cell Lines
  2. Protein Expression
  3. Laboratory Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Generated stable cell lines with luciferase reporter to monitor tumor metastasis in animal models.
  • Supervised and mentored research assistants for protein expression and purification roles.
  • Helped or directly made purchase decisions for supplies, chemicals and laboratory equipment.
  • Trained students on various laboratory techniques, protocols and equipment for industry funded projects.
  • Involved total synthesis of Lonomycin and synthetic method development.

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