Post Doc Resources

We have compiled two sets of resources for post docs. These are resources which are:

Published Resources whose full references are given below

Online Resources which are immediately available via hyperlinks

Published Resources

Akerlind, G. (2009). Postdoctoral research positions as preparation for an academic career. International Journal for Researcher Development, 1, 1, 87-96.

This paper explores the four commonly held assumptions about the nature of post doctoral positions. These are 1) postdoctoral researchers want an academic career, and post doctoral positions provide 2) a stepping stone to academic careers, 3) an opportunity to become independent, and 4) an opportunity to concentrate solely on research. The findings of the study challenge our beliefs about the nature of post doctoral positions.    

Henderon, S. G. (2008). Staying sane on the tenure track. Proceedings from Winter Simulation Conference. Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. [download]

This short article outlines a tenured faculty member’s advice on getting tenure. The author provides thoughts and reflections on research, teaching, services, how to get tenure, and how to survive after getting it (time management and balancing work and personal life). Of the many insights is a suggestion that a postdoctoral position should be taken as a starting point for getting tenure.

Hopfensperger, K., Soykan, C. & Lookingbill, T. (2008). The quest for an ecological post-doc. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 6, 49-50.
This two-page article summarizes the experiences of three PhD graduates’ search for postdoctoral positions and provides suggestions for science doctoral students. Some of the insights are PhD students should think about their future goals before their final year in the program, one may “create” a postdoctoral position through networking, and works “in prep” may do harm to a postdoctoral CV.

Jones, G., Weinrib, J., Metcalfe, A. S., Fisher, D., Rubenson, K. & Snee, I. (2012). Academic work in Canada: the perceptions of early-career academics. Higher Education Quarterly, 66(2), 189-206.

This paper examines work patterns (ie time spent on various activities) and satisfaction of tenured, and tenure track faculty in Canada through a national survey. Contrary to the initial expectations of the authors, little difference was found between the groups. This paper also provides a good overall description of the Canadian higher education structure and labour situation.

McAlpine, L. (2010). Fixed-term researchers in the social sciences: Passionate investment yet marginalizing experiences. International Journal of Academic Development, 15, 3, 229-240.

This paper revealed the intersection between the personal and the academic in early career researchers’ experiences. It found that the researchers in the study had strong intellectual passion for their work, yet their commitment resulted in sacrifice of personal lives and constant relocations. The paper recommends strategies for graduate programs and academic development units to address this issue.

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Online Resources


Findings based on our research were used to create evidence-based recommendations which can be found on the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies website. Follow the link and scroll down to, and expand "Third Party Publications and Resources"

http:/ A site with personal, professional and career advice for newer researchers booklet from science on career basics a community on non-academic jobs and development

Job seeking: After the PhD/Job Placement Resources

a) Canada The jobs database is Canada's number one source of job listings for the higher education sector University Affairs job search engine  Job search tips and database created by Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Chronicle of Higher Education

b) Elsewhere job listing from Sciencee job listings from Nature “The leading online job board and career service for life sciences graduates” ResearchGate is a networking site which has job postings, and faciliates networking and communication with other researchers European University Institute - Job and Funding Resources Job postings in Higher Education. A career resource for Arts and Humanities PhD graduates. UK-based website aimed to help early career stage researchers to acquire, develop and make use of their research skills by helping them find vacancies for research jobs, such as postdoctoral fellowships, and postgraduate courses, such as PhD studentships or Masters courses. This site helps science PhD grads to prepare for the changing demands of today's job market and to provide a voice for early career scientists, includes job listings, career info, info on finding employment. Provide links and advice for job search and career planning.  Higher Education Recruitment Consortium for national job searches; there are regional affiliates as well (metro New York, greater Chicago, mid-Atlantic, etc.). The regional websites are listed on the home page. Academic360 links internationally (US & Canada) to human resources sites for colleges and universities.  Users can go to a geographical listing, search for schools by name, or by discipline. Article entitled: Trained for Nothing: Why do we still structure doctoral training around tenure-track positions in universities? The PhD can lead to so many other places. Advice on what to do if you don’t plan on staying in academe women in higher education to help doctoral students not just survive but thrive in graduate school and beyond." This section of the site is divided into two main categories: Obtaining a Ph.D. and Obtaining Employment. women in higher education

If you are a supervisor A website with tools and strategies as well as summaries of research about different aspects of the doctoral journey with special reference to the supervisory relationship


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