CHOP Research Named One of the Best Places to Work for Postdocs


CHOP Research was included in the 8th annual “Best Places to Work for Postdocs” survey from The Scientist, a magazine for life science professionals.

CHOP Research was ranked among the top 15 U.S. institutions that support the values and needs of their postdocs. Institutions were evaluated according to 11 categories: quality of training and mentoring, career development opportunities, quality of communication, networking opportunities, value of the postdoc experience, quality of facilities and infrastructure, funding, equity, renumeration and compensation, benefits, and family and personal life. Institutions that topped the 2010 list were noted for encouraging rich personal lives outside the lab, as well as offering comprehensive benefits packages.

Postdocs are an essential part of a research community; they make indispensible contributions in almost every lab, including the labs of the most high-achieving scientists. By listening to the intellectual and personal needs of the postdoc community, CHOP Research has strengthened its overall research program.

The postdoc experience at CHOP Research is enhanced by the efforts of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, which is committed to supporting the next generation of research scientists at Children's Hospital. Formerly a division of the Department of Research Education, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs maintains a specialized administrative infrastructure and provides programmatic support to assist postdocs as they prepare for a well-rounded career.

The office develops programs and resources for postdocs, including institution-specific orientation modules and career development presentations, and facilitates access to external resources such at the University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Postdoctoral Program and the National Postdoc Association. In addition, by establishing guidance on the recruitment, appointment, mentoring, training, and evaluation of all postdoctoral fellows, the office serves as a dedicated source of support for both postdocs and their mentors.

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