At The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, a postdoctoral fellow is defined as "an individual with a terminal degree (PhD, MD, DVM, etc.) seeking a formal, supervised research training experience and, generally, with less than 5 years of relevant training after the receipt of the terminal degree."

The postdoc experience is meant to extend, refine and enhance skills necessary for professional and career development, and to enable individuals to broaden their scientific backgrounds by acquiring new research capabilities.

Our Philosophy on Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral fellowship opportunities at Children's Hospital are designed for individuals who seek advanced research training with world-class researchers. Postdoctoral trainees can use this experience as a stepping-stone to their next career move. There are currently in excess of 100 postdoctoral fellows at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute.

The CHOP Research Institute recognizes that postdoctoral training opportunities are essential for the development of research professionals. As such, we actively ensure that the Hospital is up to date with current recommendations generated by the National Science Foundation and the National Postdoctoral Association to improve postdoctoral lifestyles and career development. In addition, all postdoctoral fellows at Children's Hospital are provided with a retirement plan and a full employee-level benefit package including health, dental and vision insurance.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute provides specialized support for all postdoctoral fellows through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The office supplies infrastructure support for mentors in areas such as postdoctoral fellows' annual reviews, training administration, immigration questions, compensation concerns, hiring and termination. The office also maintains the CHOP Research Trainee Web Portal, a centralized Web resource for all prospective and current research trainees. Working closely with Research Human Resources, the office addresses the needs and concerns of postdoctoral fellows, especially foreign nationals who have unique needs.