The Scripps Research Institute Logo

Choosing to Do a Postdoc

Make an Informed Decision   |   Choosing a Postdoctoral Position   |   Resources

A postdoc is an individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path.

But a postdoc isn't for everyone.  Nor may it be required.  Explore the links above to determine if a postdoctoral position is the right decision for you.

Is a Postdoc Necessary?

Yes

Tenure-track faculty position at a academic research institution.

Probably

Scientist or research-related positions in industry

Maybe

Jobs that rely on your research fluency (government, NGOs, foundations, etc.)

No

Most other careers