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Career and Professional Development

The US federal government put forward important policy clarifications in 2014, which permits postdoctoral trainees to take time for professional development while on federal research grants. This policy creates an obligation for release time to allow for appropriate career development opportunities as part of the “dual role” of the postdoc as both an employee and a trainee. “This dual role is critical in order to provide Post-Docs with sufficient experience and mentoring for them to successfully pursue independent careers in research and related fields.”

As such, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) and the Postdoctoral Association (PDA), along with our campus partners, have created a robust and systematic career and professional development training program for UIC postdocs, consisting of a variety of seminars, workshops, courses, facilitated small groups, opportunities for self-directed professional development, and the Annual Postdoc Career Development Symposium. Click here for upcoming events and see a summary of our professional development calendar, here!