PostDoc Training Program

PostDoc Training Program

The CNS Postdoc Training Program is an innovative program tailored to the needs of our specific postdoc cohort at CNS. The primary goals of this program are to:

(1) Improve interactions among CNS postdocs

(2) Meet regularly with faculty to discuss career skills

(3) Invite speakers from a range of careers to discuss career options with postdocs, specifically targeted to provide networking opportunities to our postdocs

Based on our initial survey, we have organized a series of panel discussions, guest speakers, workshops and networking events! The meetings will cover a wide variety of topics including information and advice for your next career step in academia and industry career tracks.


Date Event Description Time Location
February 15th 2017 Session 1: Setting up an academic lab A panel discussion with Diasynou Fioravante, Alex Nord, John Gray (UC Davis) 12:00 - 1:30PM CNS113
March 1st 2017 Session 2: Climbing the academic ladder. A panel discussion with Melissa Baumann and Karl Murray (UC Davis) Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30PM Seminar: 2:00 - 3:30PM SOM320, CNS113
March 15th 2017 Session 3: Write your own career. Scientific writing round table luncheon followed by a career seminar and discussion, both with Rachel Bernstein (Editor, AAAS Scientific Careers) Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30PM Seminar: 2:00 - 3:30PM SOM320, CNS113
April 5th 2017 Session 4: Navigating academic administration. Round table luncheon with Jeff Gibeling (UC Davis) 12:00 - 2:00PM CNS113
April 19th 2017 Session 5: The Cheeky Scientist Career development workshop with Isaiah Hankel (The Cheeky Scientist)

11:30 - 5:00PM

May 3rd 2017 Session 6: Rock your profile! Interactive LinkedIn workshop with Kevin Tan (Relationship Manager - Mid Market, Talent Solutions, LinkedIn) 12:00 - 2:00PM SOM320
May 17th 2017 Session 7: Careers in data science Guest speaker is Lindsay Vass, data scientist with Facebook 2:30 - 4:00PM CNS113
June 7th 2017 Session 8: Creating career goals and staying on track TBD 12:00 - 1:30PM CNS113



If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for another session, please contact Molly Foote at

Past Events

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Session 1: Setting up an academic lab. We had a lively panel discussion with Alex Nord, Diasynou Fioravante and John Gray.