Postdoc Office Library

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs has a few books available for postdocs to borrow:

Next Gen PhD: A Guide to Career Paths in Science

By Melanie V. Sinche                                    2016

Next Gen PhD provides a frank and up-to-date assessment of the current career landscape facing science PhDs. Nonfaculty careers once considered Plan B are now preferred by the majority of degree holders, says Melanie Sinche. An upper-level science degree is a prized asset in the eyes of many employers, and a majority of science PhDs build rewarding careers both inside and outside the university. A certified career counselor with extensive experience working with graduate students and postdocs, Sinche offers step-by-step guidance through the career development process: identifying personal strengths and interests, building work experience and effective networks, assembling job applications, and learning tactics for interviewing and negotiating―all the essentials for making a successful career transition.

Sinche profiles science PhDs across a wide range of disciplines who share proven strategies for landing the right occupation. Current graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, mentors, and students considering doctoral and postdoctoral training in the sciences will find Next Gen PhD an empowering resource.

A Ph.D. Is Not Enough! A Survival Guide in Science

By Peter J. Feibelman, Ph.D.                       2011

Despite your graduate education, brainpower, and technical prowess, your career in scientific research is far from assured. Permanent positions are scarce, science survival is rarely part of formal graduate training, and a good mentor is hard to find. 

In A Ph.D. Is Not Enough!, physicist Peter J. Feibelman lays out a rational path to a fulfilling long-term research career. He offers sound advice on selecting a thesis or postdoctoral adviser; choosing among research jobs in academia, government laboratories, and industry; preparing for an employment interview; and defining a research program. The guidance offered in A Ph.D. Is Not Enough! will help you make your oral presentations more effective, your journal articles more compelling, and your grant proposals more successful.

A Practical Guide to Writing a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Grant

Andrew D. Hollenbach                          2014

A Practical Guide to Writing a Ruth L. Kirshtein NRSA Grant provides F-Series grant applicants and mentors with insider knowledge on the process by which these grants and reviewed, the biases that contribute to the reviews, the extent of the information required in an NRSA training grant, a depper understanding of the exact purpose of each section of the application, and kep suggestions and recommendations on how to best construct each and every section of the application.

Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience For Scientists and Engineers

A Guide for Postdoctoral Scholars, Advisers, Institutions, Funding Organizations, and Disciplinary Societies

National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine                                     2000

The concept of postdoctoral training came to science and engineering about a century ago. Since the 1960s, the performance of research in the United States has increasingly relied on these recent PhDs who work on a full-time, but on a temporary basis, to gain additional research experience in preparation for a professional research career.

Such experiences are increasingly seen as central to careers in research, but for many, the postdoctoral experience falls short of expectations. Some postdocs indicate that they have not received the recognition, standing or compensation that is commensurate with their experience and skills. Is this the case? If so, how can the postdoctoral experience be enhanced for the over 40,000 individuals who hold these positions at university, government, and industry laboratories?

This book offers its assessment of the postdoctoral experience and provides principles, action points, and recommendations for enhancing that experience.

Charting a Course for a Successful Research Career

A guide for early career researchers (2nd Edition)

Prof. Alan M Johson                                       2012

As researchers operate in a progressively competitive research environment, with grant applications increasing, funding opportunities decreasing, and funding bodies tightening the reins around their requirements and expected outcomes - early career researchers are often at a disadvantage when applying for grants. In this helpful guide, Professor Alan M Johnson steers early career researchers through the potential pitfalls and opportunities when planning for a successful research career.

From Ph.D. to Professoriate

The Role of the Institution in Fostering the Advancement of Postdoc Women    

Kathleen Flint Ehm, Ph.D. and Cathee Johnson Phillips, M.A.                    2013

A new resource book developed by the National Postdoctoral Association as part of NPA ADVANCE. The book provides an overview of our current understanding of the various factors impeding postdoc women's continuation in academia and recommended practices that have shown promise for aiding these women in overcoming these obstacles. The goal is to help focus institutions' efforts to support postdoc women to foster their career advancement.