Professional Development

Postdocs have a variety of professional options available to them once they’ve completed their training at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). In addition to a number of workshops and seminars that have been developed for you on topics such as grant writing, entrepreneurship, and our annual Postdoc Symposium, we have compiled a list of external sources for professional development.


Every year the Postdoc office sponsors several professional development workshops and seminars on a wide range of topics including the commercialization of science, responsible research conduct, and grantsmanship.


BioCareers enhances ISMMS’ professional development resources and provides job postings in the life sciences as well as a variety of career options available nationwide to PhDs and MDs. This can be a good source of job listings for positions in pharmaceutical research, museum-based research, and academia. Registration is required.

New York Academy of Sciences

All first-year postdocs receive a complimentary membership to the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), which has extensive web-based and on-site professional development resources.


Teaching improvement and classroom-based opportunities.

The Future Leaders in Science Education and Communication Training Program is a new career development series at ISMMS designed to enhance teaching and science communication skills for postdoctoral fellows. The program begins this October with a skill development short course which includes eight 2-hour modules, followed by several classroom-based teaching opportunities in K-12 and graduate level classes with supportive feedback from peers and mentors.

The program addresses a need to adequately train postdoctoral fellows ('trainees') to become effective science communicators and science educators both in and outside the classroom. The program is one of seven trainee-focused programs at selected institutions across the US being supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

This pilot program is a tremendous opportunity for both the trainees and ISMMS to develop a unique course that can eventually become a fixture at Mount Sinai and enrich the learning experience of both postdocs and graduate students. We anticipate enrolling approximately 20 trainees in the pilot year. This is a competitive program. Please email the program co-directors for more information:

The second session will begin this May.  Please submit your application by April 25, 2016.

Alison Sanders

Rosa Vinas-Castells

Teacher Training

For postdocs who want to teach during their fellowship or develop and hone their teaching skills for a variety of purposes, New York City has a wealth of training options including over 100 colleges and community colleges.

  • The Sinai Neuroscience Outreach Program advances neuroscience education in New York City schools. There are opportunities for single class visits and longitudinal programs.
  • Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) combines traditional postdoctoral research with opportunities to develop teaching skills.
  • Citizen Science is an innovative program for all first-year students at Bard College. Through three weeks of intensive study during January intersession, students develop a core understanding of both the conduct and the content of science. The program recruits a new class of faculty, composed primarily of Postdoctoral Fellows, each year. It is an intensive short term effort that provides an excellent teaching opportunity. Stipend is provided.

Individual Development Plan

We strongly encourage postdoctoral fellows to take an early and active role in generating a concrete plan for their future, and Individual Development Plans (IDPs) can be of great assistance in this process. An excellent IDP has been generated by FASEB and AAAS. Ideally fellows will discuss their plans and steps they are taking toward achieving their goals with their PIs and other mentors.

Postdoc Office Library

The Postdoc office has a selection of books and other material about skill development, professional planning, and the job search inside and outside academia. Feel free to stop by and consult these resources.

Tech Development and Entrepreneurship Opportunities

SINAInnovations is a 3-day program that features leaders from a wide variety of scientific fields including Pharma and Biotech. In addition, attendees have access to venture capitalists, policy makers, and academic thought leaders, who teach innovation, as well as ISMMS faculty, who are themselves leading innovators. Attendance is required for graduate students, and postdocs are strongly urged to attend. Featured topics will contain important information about professional opportunities, so it will be worth your time.

InSite, founded in 1999, is a leadership development program made up of top graduate students from top schools. Its purpose is to create a community of people with common values to support innovation in industry across the country. Fellows are matched with high-potential companies in a variety of industries and meet with executives to identify and work on key projects.