Neuroscience Postdoctoral Association

The Neuroscience Postdoctoral Association was founded in 2019 with the goal of enhancing the personal and professional experiences of postdoctoral fellows in the Friedman Brain Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. We host a variety of events ranging from social events to professional development discussions and welcome the participation of all Neuroscience postdocs.

Leadership

Socials: We strive to foster a sense of community among our postdoctoral fellows. In the past, we hosted a BBQ picnic in Central Park. Social events have been suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic but will resume once it is safe to do so.

Chalk Talk Club: In an effort to prepare senior postdoctoral fellows for the chalk talk aspect of the academic interview process, we established a Chalk Talk Club. We host demonstrations led by junior faculty, provide a medium for postdocs to practice in front of other postdocs as well as the Neuroscience faculty, and offer opportunities to observe chalk talks delivered by Neuroscience department faculty candidates.

Teaching opportunities: Recently, we developed a new course for first-year Neuroscience PhD students that is designed to introduce students to cutting-edge techniques and approaches that are being used in research labs here at Mount Sinai. This course is taught annually in the Fall and is entirely designed and taught by Neuroscience postdoctoral fellows. All Neuroscience postdocs are welcome to contribute by teaching a lecture. Past topics and syllabus can be found here.

Panel events: We are launching a series of panel discussions centered on preparing for and navigating the job market, in addition to successfully securing a job and starting a lab. We also plan to develop similar panel discussions for non-academic career paths. We strive to cater to the diverse interests of our postdoctoral community and welcome new ideas.

Funding resources

We have compiled a list of grant options relevant to postdocs in neuroscience, including those available to non US-residents. Please see the attached worksheet here.

We have examples of successful grants (F32, K99, NARSAD) by Mount Sinai postdocs. Please reach out to mssmneuropostdoc@gmail.com using your school email in order to gain access to these.