Postdoctoral fellows play a central role in the research effort of many laboratories in the Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems (MaPS) and are an integral part of the departmental community. The Department is committed to rigorously training postdoctoral fellows for successful career advancement. In addition to the training associated with bench research, fellows hone communication skills through participation in departmental research seminars, which take place weekly. Where appropriate, fellows are also encouraged to participate in one of several specialized journal clubs involving departmental laboratories that share a research focus. External research fellowships are important in building the record of funding that is essential for an academic career, and faculty work closely with MaPS postdoctoral fellows to prepare highly competitive fellowship applications. Fellows trained in Microbiology and Physiological Systems go on to independent positions in many fields.
In addition to departmental resources, UMMS has an Office for Postdoctoral Scholars (OPS), which offers programs in professional development, training and placement, coordinates a seminar series, and is an advocate for postdocs and their advisors. For international postdoctoral researchers, the Office of International Scholars assists incoming and current researchers with Visa and travel issues. Postdoctoral researchers at UMMS have a wide variety of benefit packages that they can choose from to fit their family’s needs.