Career Development @ UChicago

Weekly Bulletin!

The best way to stay up-to-date on all the things of interest to postdocs both here at UChicago and in the community is via the Weekly Bulletin. This email bulletin is delivered Mondays at noon. It contains details on weekly PDA seminars, career and social events, funding opportunities, job listings, and outside events of interest to postdocs. If you have something that you would like advertised through this list, please contact us.

BSD CAP (Career Advancement for Postdocs) Travel Award!

We are so excited to announce the continuation of The UChicago BSD CAP (Career Advancement for Postdocs) Award: a Travel Award just for BSD Postdocs! Awards of up to $500 for scientific meetings and up to $1000 for professional development meetings will be given, which are meant to provide supplementary funding toward attendance at conferences, meetings, workshops, etc. Learn more here!

Career and Professional Development Seminars

The PDA Seminar Committee plans weekly seminars, an annual mentoring roundtable and other career and professional development events. By working with other BSD groups, UChicagoGRAD, myCHOICE, the PDA Seminar committee is able to hold joint events across a variety of fields.

Mentor Training for Postdocs

Postdocs are in a unique position where they are both mentees and often mentors to students in their labs. Postdoc Mentor Training consists of a 6-session program that is given annually.  Each session is led by two facilitators who are either faculty, staff, or postdocs who have completed the program. Since inception of the program in 2015, a total of 27 postdocs have completed the training.

Research Resources for Postdocs

We have compiled a number of resources to help you as you progress through your scientific training, including institutional boilerplate forms for NIH grants, information on Responsible Conduct of Research series, and funding sources. 


The NIH-funded National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) for the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Network (NRMN-CAN) is a supplemental award from the NRMN of which Dean Schwartz is a Principal Investigator. This program focuses on professional development, grantsmanship, and mentor training for postdocs and junior faculty, especially those underrepresented in STEM. 


myCHOICE exposes, educates, and provides  trainees with career options and experiences that leverage their strong biomedical research training by highlighting employment opportunities focused on business, education, government policy, industry, innovation, research, and the public sector.

Career Services @ UChicagoGRAD

Need help with job documents (CVs/resumes/cover letters)? Want to practice job talks or interviews? Have a job offer and want to discuss negotiating? UChicagoGRAD has it all! Sign-up for an event, make an appointment with a career advisor, or peruse job postings via Gargoyle

Chicago Center for Teaching

Interested in a teaching-focused career after your postdoc training? Although postdocs typically cannot serve as TAs during their training here at UChicago, the CCT offers many courses and opportunities to refine your teaching skills. 

English Language Institute

The ELI serves the international university community by providing courses and informal opportunities for improving spoken and written English in both academic/professional and conversational contexts.

UChicago Biotechnology Association

Interested in a career in biotechnology? The University of Chicago Biotechnology Association’s mission is to provide career education and skill development opportunities to University of Chicago graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.