The following list of resources is not exhaustive. We suggest you search for additional organizations and job/networking sites in your area of interest, and regularly check the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Calendar of Events.

 

Job boards

Professional association job boards

The following professional associations post job listings to all site visitors.  Other organizations require membership to access job postings.

Job sites for academic positions

Humanities & social science resources

The Humanities PhD Project
Supports doctoral students and faculty in the humanities as they imagine, plan for, and pursue multiple career paths as humanists in the world, in the academy and beyond.

National Endowment for the Humanities 
Supports “Next Generation PhD” projects at twenty-eight U.S. campuses. The NEH also employs student interns on a rolling continuous basis.

The Versatile Ph.D.
OPA offers Versatile PhD, a web-based resource for postdocs interested in exploring career opportunities beyond academe.  The site is mainly for Humanities and Social Science Postdocs, but may benefit others as well.  Access this supportive, web-based community by clicking here or copy and paste the following link into your browser – https://webapps.grad.unc.edu/auth/versatilephd.html. (Requires Onyen registration). The site includes:

  • PhD Career Finder – Provides information about careers in various disciplines
  • Discussion Forums – Helps you learn from others and get your specific questions answered
  • Panel Discussions – With PhDs now employed in various fields such as grant writing, management consulting, university administration, and policy analysis
  • Members Directory – Is searchable and can assist in networking
  • Meetups – Which occur regularly in many cities across North America
  • MyVPhD – Lets you manage your account and sign up for email notifications of forum discussions and/or jobs

Humanities & Social Science Job Sites

State and regional professional associations & networking groups

(Some organizations are regional chapters of national organizations)

Work settings for scientists

Books: academic careers

Available for check-out in TIBBS Library – Bioinformatics 1114

Books: science, industry & health-related careers

Science & Medical Writing

Recommended professional organization: The National Association of Science Writers

Available for check-out in TIBBS Library – Bioinformatics 1114

The individual development plan

Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Created by Science Careers, myIDP helps you explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits you best.  Accessed online, myIDP can be used independently or with the assistance of a OPA career counselor.  It provides:

  • Exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values
  • A list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests
  • A tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track
  • Articles and resources to guide you through the process

Postdoc mentoring & networking

MentorNet, the E-Mentoring Network for Diversity in Engineering and Science, connects mentors and mentees in engineering, science, and mathematics.  MentorNet was created to foster the retention and success of women and underrepresented minorities in particular, but welcomes anyone interested in connecting with peers and experienced professionals in their field.  The MentorNet Community offers the One-on-One E-Mentoring Program, which pairs postdocs with professionals in an email based mentoring relationship, the E-Forum for web based discussion of issues like job searches and the work/life balance, as well as resources and a résumé database.  To learn more and find a mentor (or become a mentor), visit the MentorNet website. Membership is available on an individual basis

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

NCFDD is an independent faculty development center dedicated to providing external mentoring, professional development, and a supportive community for advanced graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members across institutions. Visit the website and register as an Institutional Sub-Account Member.  You must use your UNC email address for registration.

  • The Monday Motivator – A weekly message that reinforces core ideas presented in webinars and provides support for individuals making the transition to a faculty position.
  • Webinars – Monthly 60-90 minute Guest Expert professional development sessions
  • Multi-Week Courses – Intensive workshop series guided by expert facilitators
  • Discussion Forum – A place for members to connect, share information, peer-mentor, problem solve, and celebrate each others’ success.
  • The Library – A resource that provides transcripts, slides, and audio recordings of past webinars.
  • Career Center – Search job openings, subscribe to new posting notifications in your field, and learn more about the job search process.
  • Resources – Recommended readings, writing clubs, productivity we apps and more.

Job application/interview handouts

Faculty job search articles

Recommended career articles

Examples of Linkedin groups (approximate membership # in parentheses)

(Some Linkedin groups are associated with national professional organizations).

  • Science Jobs (163,000)
  • American Public Health Association (54,000)
  • Contract Research/Development/Manufacturing Organization Professionals (39,000)
  • Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (26,000)
  • The Life Science Executive Exchange, sponsored by BioInformatics LLC (24,000)
  • Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (14,000)
  • Medical Science Liaisons & Medical Affairs Networkers (10,000)
  • American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (8,000)
  • Life Science & Medical Device Sales Representatives (7,000)
  • Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine (7,000)
  • Science Writers (6,000)
  • The Science Advisory Board (6,000)
  • The PostDoc Forum (4,900)
  • Association of University Technology Managers (1,000)

Be sure to join the Linkedin UNC Chapel Hill Postdocs & Postdoc Alumni Group to share information on a variety of topics to facilitate your professional development and enhance the postdoctoral experience at UNC.

Examples of UNC postdoc Linkedin profiles & websites

Training opportunities for UNC postdocs

Miscellaneous