The Department hosts around 90 post-doctoral researchers, who are funded on Principal Investigators’ grants or on Fellowships (see Prospective Fellows). Postdocs contribute actively to the research and teaching in Zoology and are valued members of the departmental staff. They have access to excellent support and training from many University initiatives, of which three key ones are highlighted below:
The Graduate School of Life Sciences offers a wide range of training courses all through the year, and most of these are open to postdocs (see Training Opportunities for Postdocs). Courses support both research and transferable skills.
The Careers Service has excellent provision for guiding postdoctoral careers, with specialist career advisers for different disciplines. The careers service for science postdocs provides a wide variety of career-oriented activities, from 1-to-1 interview training to conferences on a range of professional careers.
The postdocs also have their own Society, the Postdocs Of Cambridge (PdOC), which offers practical information and opportunities to socialise with other postdocs. The aim of the Society is to represent all postdocs and to facilitate communication and networking within the postdoc community and with the University.
In addition to these University initiatives, the Zoology postdocs are actively represented within the Department by the Postdoc Committee. These representatives facilitate the organisation of events (such as the Academic Survivorship Events for Zoology Postdocs and the Summer Seminar Series), to give Zoology postdocs the opportunity to present their research, to address specific training needs and to strengthen their interactions with their colleagues. We have also recently launched our Mentoring Scheme for Contract Research Staff.