In the College of Natural Sciences, we recognize the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to support both the research and teaching missions of the university. However, the life of a postdoc may often feel unsupported outside of the academic structure of the college. Here we have compiled resources and support services that may be of interest to postdocs in natural sciences.
The Postdoctoral Office website is maintained by the Office of the Vice President for Research and provides information for both current and incoming postdoctoral scholars.
To receive email information about events, services and job opportunities for postdocs, sign up for the postdoc listserve. Under "Mailing Lists" click on "Research" to find the list for postdocs.
The School of Biological Sciences (SBS) Postdoc Association serves the UT-Austin biological sciences community, but is open to postdocs from all fields.
Information about postdoctoral funding opportunities is regularly updated on the College of Natural Sciences Strategic Research Initiatives website.
Career Resources/Professional Development
The Center for Teaching and Learning provides an array of resources and services to promote innovation and excellence in teaching and learning. Although many services are geared to faculty and graduate student instructors, online resources and individual instructional consultations (including teaching philosophy/teaching portfolio consultations) are also available to postdocs preparing for academic careers.
Versatile PhD is a web-based resource for graduate students and postdocs interested in non-academic careers. Historically, Versatile PhD has served humanities and social sciences graduate students, but additional content for STEM PhDs is currently being developed. The University of Texas is a subscribing institution - sign up here.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has online career development and job search resources, and supports an online tool for personal career planning: MyIDP (Individual Development Plan).
University Support Services
International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) facilitates visa paperwork for faculty and scholars, and provides advice, programs, information and service to the international community.
The Office of the Faculty Ombuds is an independent, neutral and informal problem-solving resource for both faculty and postdoctoral scholars. The office can assist postdocs with work-related difficulties, such as interpersonal conflicts or misunderstandings, and academic or administrative concerns.
The Employee Assistance Program provides personal consulting services to promote emotional health and wellness for UT-Austin employees.
The Behavioral Concerns Advice Line is a campus-wide service that allows any member of the university community the opportunity to report or discuss their concerns about another individual's behavior.
The UT Graduate Science Outreach group facilitates the "Present your PhD thesis to a 12 year-old" program that places PhD students and scientists in K-12 classrooms to share their discoveries and provide real-world examples to complement classroom science topics.
The Shadow a Scientist summer program pairs middle school students (1-2 at a time) with UT-Austin research scientists for two-hour tours of the scientist's lab and experiments in progress.