Post Doc Fellows

NPAW Week 2017Eighth Annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week
September 18-22

Be sure to attend these upcoming events in support of UNC Charlotte's postdoctoral researchers.  All events are open to postdocs, graduate students, mentors, and IP's. Please contact with any questions. Register below:

Monday, September 18, 2017

Keynote presentation, “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There”

Time: 9:30-10:30 am (Coffee and pastries available beginning at 9:15)
Location: Bioinformatics 105
Sponsored by: University Career Center, Graduate School, Center for Graduate Life

Outstanding research is necessary, but it may not be sufficient to get you where you want to go in your career.  This session will present three practical steps you can take to accelerate your career progress.

Dr. Philip Clifford, Ph.D., is recognized nationally for championing career and professional development for Ph.D. scientists. He is a co-author of the widely acclaimed career website, and a frequent speaker at seminars, workshops, and symposia on career issues for Ph.D. scientists.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Career Meetup: Beefing up Your LinkedIn Profile

Time: 9:00-10:00 am
Location: Center for Graduate Life (Cone 268)
Sponsored by: University Career Center, Center for Graduate Life

Come enjoy coffee and bagels over an informal discussion with Dr. Patrick Madsen, Director of the University Career Center.
Facilitated By: Dr. Patrick Madsen

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Career Meetup: Happy Hour

Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Location: The Wine Vault (Shoppes at University Place)
Sponsored by: University Career Center, Center for Graduate Life

Get some tips on how to market yourself with Dr. Patrick Madsen, Director of the University Career Center. 
Facilitated By: Dr. Patrick Madsen

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Postdoc Appreciation Social

Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
Location:  Bistro 49, Student Union, UNC Charlotte
Sponsored by:  University Career Center, Center for Graduate Life.

Come hear guest speaker Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Joan Lorden. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres, business casual.

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FridaySeptember 22, 2017

Grant Writing Workshop

Time: 11:30 am- 12:30 pm
Location: Center for Graduate Life (Cone 268)
Sponsored by: Center for Graduate Life

Are you having a difficult time securing grant funds for your research? Looking for some fresh ideas about the revise and resubmit process? Join Lesley Brown, Director of Proposal Development, Office of Research and Economic Development, for an informative talk! In her role as Director, Ms. Brown provides consultation services to faculty who are developing grant proposals, and is highly regarded as an expert on grant writing! Pizza and soda provided. RSVP required.
Facilitated By: Lesley Brown

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SaturdaySeptember 23, 2017

Family Picnic in the Park

Time: 11:30 am 
Location: TBD
Sponsored by: Center for Graduate Life

Come meet and mingle with other postdocs and graduate students with families, get a bit of playground time in, and share your favorite potluck picnic dish. 

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Post-doctoral fellows work directly with a faculty principal investigator (PI). These researchers gain valuable experience during their fellowship through a variety of professional development and mentoring opportunities.

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) has established six core competencies to offer guidance to individual postdoctoral scholars who must seek out relevant training experiences, in collaboration with mentors, institutions, and other advisors who provide this training. "Competency" has been defined as "an acquired personal skill that is demonstrated in [one's] ability to provide a consistently adequate or high level of performance in a specific job function."1These competencies are meant to serve primarily as: (1) a basis for self-evaluation by postdoctoral scholars and (2) a basis for developing training opportunities that can be evaluated by mentors, institutions, and other advisors.

The six core competencies are:

1. Discipline-specific conceptual knowledge
2. Research skill development
3. Communication skills
4. Professionalism
5. Leadership and management skills
6. Responsible conduct of research

For more information on the NPA postdoctoral core competencies, visit their website at

post doctoral reception november 2016Postdoctoral fellows recognized at reception:

Research is fundamental to the mission of UNC Charlotte, and faculty, staff and students from virtually every discipline are engaged in the creation of novel discoveries. Another important group of contributors is postdoctoral fellows.

These individuals, who have completed their Ph.Ds., often work for one to two years as part of a research team, and they contribute greatly to advancing the University’s research agenda, said Robert Wilhelm, vice chancellor for research and economic, at a special reception recently in the Student Union Art Gallery.

He also expressed his appreciation to the advisors of the postdoctoral fellows for their commitment to mentor these researchers, who represent future faculty members at institutes of higher education.

The Center for Graduate Life and the ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office hosted the reception.

“We wanted to create an opportunity to celebrate the important contributions that our postdoctoral fellows make to the University, as well as give them an opportunity to meet each other so they can build connections across campus,” said (Dr. Katherine Hall-Hertel, Associate Dean, Graudate Academic & Student Affairs and Dr. Andrea Dulin, Project Director, UNC Charlotte ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office ).