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Finding a Postdoctoral Mentor

Don’t just look for advertised positions. Be proactive in finding a postdoctoral mentor that will be a good fit for you. Ask questions of your graduate advisor and colleagues. Introduce yourself to potential mentors at scientific meetings.

In choosing a laboratory, consider:

  • Publication history – number, type of journals
  • Number of past postdocs - where are they now?
  • Number of present postdocs/grad students
  • Is the research topic something that you are passionate about?
  • Is this a group that is moving the field along?
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