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Invited Postdoctoral Seminar Series

The Vanderbilt University Department of Pharmacology hosts an invited seminar series open to senior postdoctoral researchers from U.S. institutions. Selected speakers will present their research to members of the Pharmacology Department, the Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, the Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research, the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, and more. This is an outstanding opportunity for postdocs to expand their professional network, particularly for those entering the job market soon and seeking academic careers.

Submissions for the Spring 2021 series are now open!

We welcome applicants from all areas of pharmacology research, including but not limited to molecular pharmacology, signal transduction, behavioral and neuropharmacology, cancer pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, drug metabolism, and drug discovery. Individuals of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. The virtual series will run once a month for 2021 and each speaker will receive an honorarium for their time and effort.


Please complete the following form and be prepared to submit:

  • Cover letter, containing your research interests, your career goals, and any other information you find pertinent (one page)
  • Extended abstract, describing your current research and continuing with your future directions and the big questions you plan to ask in the next 5 years (one page)
  • CV

Applications will be open until 12/15. Selected speakers will be notified by 1/15 and seminars will begin in January 2021. Any requests for additional information may be sent to

Postdoctoral Selection Committee
  • Max Joffe, Ph.D. (Chair)
  • Lillian Brady, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)
  • Deborah Luessen, Ph.D.
  • TBD
Faculty Advisors
  • Erin Calipari, Ph.D.
  • Sean Davies, Ph.D.
  • Kendra Oliver, Ph.D.
  • Cody Siciliano, Ph.D.