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Resources

Support

The Office for Postdoctoral Affairs is a great resource for everything postdoc-support related for Cambridge postdocs.

There is a Departmental mentoring scheme for advice from later-stage researchers on all those tricky questions other than 'how do I analyse my data'-type ones.

Of course, if you had specific questions related to postdocs in Zoology, get in touch with your postdoc committee members! We're all very friendly.

We're running a series of workshops, where you get to ask academics tricky questions about applications materials. Keep an eye on the calendar for these events.

If you've just arrived, we've got an information page for you.

 

Development

The University provides a careers service specific to science postdocs. They can help with deciding a career path, preparing CVs, and mock interviews for jobs, among other things. They're really friendly and a great resource; make sure you take advantage of it while you're here.

Along with the specific science postdoc careers service, the University has an excellent Personal and Professional Development service with great links for new arrivals.

 

Social

For social events and other resources within the broader postdoc community in Cambridge, check out the PDoC Society.

Partners of postdocs are encouraged to volunteer for the OPDA to gain skills and meet new people.

Departmental social events can be found in the calendar.

 

Teaching opportunities for post-docs

Many post-docs provide supervisions for undergraduate students. The Faculty Office maintains a list of College Directors of Studies, who are always interested in finding post-docs willing to supervise for Pt IA and Pt IB courses (i.e. undergraduate years 1 and 2). You can add your name to a list of potential supervisors by emailing: biology-nstdos@lists.cam.ac.uk. If you are going to email the list, it helps to include a list of the potential undergraduate courses you would be interested in supervising. For this, make sure you look at the options in 1A and 1B Natural Sciences. If you are interested in offering supervision at Pt II (i.e. year 3) then you should contact the Teaching Office staff or relevant module organizer in Zoology. Module options and organizers for Michaelmas and Lent terms are available here.The University now requires that you attend a course outlining the expectations for new supervisors. Courses are offered frequently through professional development. Further info about how supervisions work can be found here.