At the University of Georgia (UGA), the postdoctoral research experience emphasizes scholarship and continued research training for individuals who have recently completed a doctoral degree.
The postdoctoral research scholar conducts research under the general oversight of a faculty mentor in preparation for a career position in academe, industry, government, or the nonprofit sector. Postdoctoral research work provides essential training that may include opportunities to enhance teaching and other professional skills.
Postdoctoral research scholars contribute to the academic community by enhancing the research and education programs of the university. They bring expertise and creativity that enrich the research environment for all members of the university community, including graduate and undergraduate students.
UGA strives to provide a stimulating, positive, and constructive experience for the postdoctoral research scholar, by emphasizing the mutual commitment and responsibility of the institution, the faculty, and the scholar.
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.
The NIH/NSF definition (above), which emphasizes the importance of mentored training during the postdoctoral period, is used for all postdoctoral scholars supported by funding from NIH or NSF.
Top Departments with Postdocs (alphabetical listing)
- Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Department of
- Chemistry, Department of
- Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
- Ecology, School of
- Entomology, Department of
- Forestry & Natural Resources, Warnell School of
- Genetics, Department of
- Infectious Diseases, Department of
- Marine Sciences, Department of
- Mathematics, Department of
- Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, Center for
Before you can conduct research in a laboratory, your lab director will have contacted the Environmental Safety Division (ESD) to discuss the type of research that is performed. ESD manages UGA procedures for laboratory inspection, hazardous waste handling, chemical procurement and tracking, radiation safety, and they provide you access to the Laboratory Safety Manual.
TIP: OVPR compliance offices offer training to ensure researchers meet all university, state and federal regulations and laws. Some training is offered online, and some is offered through UGA Training and Development.
If your research involves human subjects, animals, or biosafety concerns, you should contact the following offices early in your research planning (also check with your research mentor). In almost all cases, training and written approval from these offices is required before any research can commence.
TIP: As a matter of policy, all personnel employed on an NSF grant must complete NSF online RCR training. Nobody may be placed on an NSF grant payroll without first verifying that training has been completed. This includes faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students, and even those who are not UGA employees or students.
Tip: If you believe you have creations or inventions (i.e., intellectual property) that should be protected, file a disclosure of intellectual property (described in Intellectual Property Policy, section III.C.) and follow the confidentiality obligations (section III.E). For more information, contact the Technology Commercialization Office.