Yale postdoctoral positions are sometimes advertised in scholarly publications and online. A few open positions are advertised on the Office for Postdoctoral Affairs Website. However, most postdoctoral candidates find positions by directly contacting Yale Immunobiology faculty members that share similar research interests. Postdoctoral associates and fellows are financially supported through several mechanisms, including faculty research grants, postdoctoral training grants, and individual fellowships from the NIH or other agencies, and from private foundations.
The period of training following the Ph.D. is an essential part of a scientist’s career. During these years a wide range of training and career development activities are offered to assist postdoctoral researchers as they transitions to perform research and exchange scientific ideas as independent research scientists. In the Department of Immunobiology at Yale these activities include, but are not limited to, enhancing solid foundations of research knowledge, experimental skills, and scientific communication, as well as enhancing the leadership and ethics of postdoctoral trainees. Yale postdoctoral trainees in the Department of Immunobiology attend and present at weekly seminars and annual departmental retreats to inform departmental colleagues about their research, and hone their presentation skills. The Department of Immunobiology also emphasizes interdisciplinary training and collaborative and interactive research, an approach based on the idea that solving difficult problems requires the integration of individuals with common goals but differing expertise. A successful postdoctoral experience requires not only progress in your research endeavors but also the development of your career plans. Yale’s Office for Postdoctoral Affairs offers many career resources, in addition to hosting career and professional development opportunities, including Travel Funds, Career Services, Seminars on Teaching, Grant Writing, Scientific Writing, Responsible Conduct of Research, the Business of Bioscience, and an Online Career Resources & Job Posting. In addition to the Office for Postdoctoral Affairs the Postdoc Gateway provides additional information and resources for Yale Postdocs.
Annual Meetings and Retreats
This weekly seminar series (Fridays at 3:30PM) is an integral part of our postdoctoral training program. Every postdoc, speaks in this series once per year. RIP is an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas and data. Trainees can obtain feedback from the members of the department and learn about one another's research.
The Department of Immunobiology sponsors a well attended seminar series held each Thursday at 10:30AM. The series covers all areas of Immunology and the speakers include many of the most prominent Immunologists from around the world (graduate students and postdocs in the department invite and host several of these speakers each year, including taking them to dinner). Other departments at Yale (Genetics, Cell Biology, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Biology) also hold easily accessible weekly seminars which are often of immediate interest.
The HTI program also hosts a seminar series that highlights studies of human disease and features nationally recognized internal and outside speakers.