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Industry Postdoctoral Programs

Some Real-World Observations on Industrial Postdocs by Allan Lanthes for Science Careers 

List of (some) NIH postdoctoral opportunities (as in academia, not all postdoctoral opportunities are advertised; students are encouraged to reach out directly to potential postdoctoral mentors even if the person doesn't have a position listed at the website above.)

The Fellows Program at Cato Research, a contract research organization, provides training for PhDs who want to transition into clinical research and drug development. 

Some companies, such as those listed below, have established postdoctoral fellowship programs. Just because a company is not on this list does not mean they don’t have postdocs! You may have to search company websites for postdoctoral positions, or contact scientists at a company directly for opportunities in their laboratory, just as you would when searching for postdocs in academia.

 

Administrative Fellowships in Government
The Presidential Management Fellows program is a two-year fellowship for outstanding graduate students who will complete their degree requirements in the upcoming year, and who are interested in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. 

Joint Fellowship Training Program: The National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department Health and Human Services (DHHS) are offering fellowship training for Ph.D.s, M.D.s, and M.D./Ph.D.s or their equivalents in cancer-related scientific research and research-related regulatory review 

FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program: two-year fellowship program which provides an opportunity for health professionals and other scientists to receive training and experience at one of the world's most prestigious regulatory agencies. Under the guidance of a FDA senior scientist preceptor committed to mentoring, fellows will explore a specific aspect of FDA regulatory science. The experience can be in a biology, physics or engineering lab, in a clinical review team, in biostatistics, informatics, epidemiology, risk analysis or other aspects of FDA science. 

The US Department of Health and Human Services Emerging Leaders Program is a two-year program designed to recruit high potential employees and provide fast track development of leadership and business skills.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate, Office of University Programs is seeking applications for Postdoctoral Fellows to conduct research at DHS affiliated venues, such as DHS laboratories, DHS Centers of Excellence, and DOE national laboratories with homeland security research capabilities. The intent of the DHS S&T Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is to provide postdoctoral scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability opportunities for research on problems compatible with the research interests and mission of DHS. 

The American Society of Human Genetics and National Human Genome Research Institute cosponsor a Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship to give genetics professionals an opportunity to contribute the policy-making process. This unique fellowship provides three separate types of experiences: time spent in the NIH as a part of the Executive branch; a staff position on Capitol Hill serving elected officials and the Legislative branch; and then experience working with ASHG in the non-profit science advocacy sector. 

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is one of the many institutes in the National Institutes of Health that participate in the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships, also known as the F32. Through these fellowships, NIEHS supports training opportunities for scientists working in the environmental health sciences.

 Check out this list of postdoctoral opportunities at the NIH from the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education

 

Technology Transfer 
The NIH Office of Technology Transfer has postdoctoral fellowship opportunities available in the field of technology transfer. These fellowships enable candidates to combine their science background with training and experience in the technology transfer field. Fellows work with OTT marketing, patenting, and licensing staff, as well as researchers and technology and business development people within and outside NIH. Fellows are required to spend 20% of their training time in an assigned NIH laboratory and 80% at OTT.

Several NIH institutes also offer internships or fellowships in technology transfer, including NCI and NIAID.

 

Science Policy
The National Academies sponsors the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, a 10-week summer internship experience for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in the interactions of science, technology, and the government. 

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship is a highly competitive, prestigious program for people with a PhD who want to apply their scientific expertise to matters of federal public policy. Fellows work for 2 years in a number of different programmatic areas, including congressional, diplomacy, defense & global security, health education & human services, or energy, environment, agriculture & natural resources. 

The Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy, sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is for early-career professionals who are interested in transitioning to a career in science policy and administration. 

The Fellows Program at the Earth Institute at Columbia University is for individuals dedicated to understanding critical scientific and social issues related to meeting global sustainable development goals. Post-doctoral fellows will join multidisciplinary teams of outstanding, committed scientists from a diverse group of Earth Institute research units and departments across Columbia University, including any of the social sciences, earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering sciences and health sciences. 

The American Society for Microbiology has a Congressional Science Fellowship program for US citizens who have been society members for at least 1 year, and who will complete their PhD training by September of the fellowship year. 

The American Institute of Biological Sciences offers a Graduate Student Science Policy Fellowship and Policy Internship Opportunities in Washington D.C. 

The American Society of Human Genetics and National Human Genome Research Institute cosponsor a Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship to give genetics professionals an opportunity to contribute the policy-making process. This unique fellowship provides three separate types of experiences: time spent in the NIH as a part of the Executive branch; a staff position on Capitol Hill serving elected officials and the Legislative branch; and then experience working with ASHG in the non-profit science advocacy sector. 

The Kaiser Family Foundation maintains a list of fellowships and internships in health policy and related fields.

 

Science Writing/Journalism
The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program is a 10-week summer program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in careers in science writing, journalism, and communication. 

Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop 

The Health Communications Internship Program at the National Cancer Institute gives highly qualified graduate students and recent graduate degree recipients the opportunity to participate in vital health and science communications projects in one of the many offices that make up the NCI.  Interns will select an area of emphasis: health communications or science writing.  Six-month and one-year internship terms are offered. 

 

Regulatory Affairs/Clinical Research
The Fellows Program at Cato Research, a contract research organization, provides training for PhDs who want to transition into clinical research and drug development. 

Joint Fellowship Training Program: The National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department Health and Human Services (DHHS) are offering fellowship training for Ph.D.s, M.D.s, and M.D./Ph.D.s or their equivalents in cancer-related scientific research and research-related regulatory review. 

The Eli Lilly Visiting Scientist Program is a 1-year postgraduate program that introduces participants to various medical, marketing, and regulatory aspects of the pharmaceutical industry. 

FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program: two-year fellowship program which provides an opportunity for health professionals and other scientists to receive training and experience at one of the world's most prestigious regulatory agencies. Under the guidance of a FDA senior scientist preceptor committed to mentoring, fellows will explore a specific aspect of FDA regulatory science. The experience can be in a biology, physics or engineering lab, in a clinical review team, in biostatistics, informatics, epidemiology, risk analysis or other aspects of FDA science. 

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center offers a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical and translational research. 

 

Programs to Prepare Doctoral Degree Holders to Direct Clinical Diagnostic Laboratories
Clinical Molecular Genetics Program at Mayo Clinic 

List of training programs in Clinical Chemistry

 

Not Your "Run-of-the Mill" Scientific Postdoctoral Research Opportunity

The Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program at the National Cancer Institute provides a strong foundation for scientists and clinicians to train in the field of cancer prevention and control. Fellows earn an MPH degree at an accredited university during the first year, followed by mentored research with investigators at the NCI. 

The NIH Clinical Center offers two year fellowships in BioethicsFellows conduct mentored conceptual and empirical research related to the ethics of health policy, human subjects research, international research ethics, genetics, or other bioethical topics of interest.

The Naval Research Laboratory sponsors a (civilian) Postdoctoral Fellowship program at several Naval R & D centers and laboratories. 

The Wigner Fellowship Program provides life, physical, computational, and social scientists and engineers with the opportunity to conduct research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 

The National Academies of Science Research Associateship Programs offer postdoctoral fellowship opportunities to US citizens and foreign nationals who want to perform research as guest scientists at over 30 federal labs or research centers around the country. 

The National Biosafety and Biocontainment Program offers two-year post-doctoral fellowships at the NIH Bethesda Campus, providing a rare opportunity to receive professional training in biosafety and biocontainment. 

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers unique research opportunities at NASA Centers, headquarters, and other facilities to national and international individuals who have completed their doctorate degree. 

The Plum Island Animal Disease Center offers postdoctoral fellowships for people interested in conducting research on foreign animal diseases. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Visiting Scientist Program allows non-FBI scientists to perform research at the FBI's Forensic Science Research and Training Center in Quantico, VA. 

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory offers postdoctoral fellowships for research scientists in a variety of disciplines. 

 

Teaching Opportunities
The Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship program is designed to transition individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) into teaching in high-need Indiana schools. Similar programs include Teach Tennessee, KSTF Teaching Fellowship, and NYC Teaching Fellows.

The Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows Program at the Council on Science and Technology at Princeton University supports postdoctoral fellows who wish to obtain further training in both research and teaching. Fellows conduct research with Princeton University faculty and are involved with the undergraduate educational program at Princeton University, including teaching, curriculum development and instructional laboratory design. The goal of the program is to prepare candidates for careers in both research and teaching. Similar postdoctoral programs exist at Dartmouth, University of Michigan, Haverford College, Davidson College, Swarthmore College, and South Carolina. The availability of positions at each of these institutions varies year-to-year. Some programs are designed specifically to enhance teaching at minority serving institutions and increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing teaching careers, including postdoctoral programs at De Pauw University, Cornell University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.