New Postdocs

National Postdoctoral Association

The National Postdoctoral Association has created a series of videos and a Survival Guide to help international Postdocs navigate their first days in their new position on campus. There are also several other important documents on their website that can provide valuable information for all new postdocs.

How to Obtain a Credit Card

Overview of Tax Issues for Postdocs

Beginner’s Guide to Income Taxation for International Postdocs


Association for Students and Postdocs (ASAP) at BNL

Brookhaven National Laboratory's Association of Students And Postdocs (ASAP) is an organization of students and postdocs working at Brookhaven. Their aim is to improve the quality of life for their Postdocs and to act as a magnet to bring together students and Postdocs in a social setting. For more information, see ASAP at BNL.



On-campus resources for New Postdocs

Office of Diversity & Affirmative Action - It is the mission of the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action to uphold and reaffirm the University’s position and commitment to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and the creation of an inclusive campus climate.

The Ombuds Office - Ombudsmen provide confidential, informal assistance to individuals and groups, and help identify problems and facilitate the fair resolution of problems that arise in their organizations. They serve as an information and communication resource, upward feedback channel, dispute resolution practitioner, and change agent.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • EAP Welcome Program - Whether you are new to Long Island or just new to the Stony Brook community, you may feel overwhelmed by not knowing your way around campus, or perhaps you just miss seeing a familiar face. The Stony Brook University Faculty and Staff Welcome Program can ease your concerns as they help you make the transition to the campus and community. If you are interested in accessing the Welcome Program, contact Donna Buehler at (631) 632-6085 or by email at
  • EAP Hardship Fund -  The Hardship Fund is a program available to assist eligible faculty and staff who are experiencing a personal financial emergency and who have exhausted all other avenues for obtaining assistance. The fund, which is allocated to employees who demonstrate the most need, is not a loan. It is designed to address an event or catastrophe that is non-recurring, sudden, unexpected, and critical, such as: family crisis, acute illness, natural disaster, or fire.

SBU Bookstore

Seawolves Marketplace

SBU Happenings, online newsletter

SBU Graduate School

SBU Libraries  


Loan Deferment

Postdocs at Stony Brook University are classified as either staff employees or Fellows. Postdocs at SBU are not classified as students and are therefore not likely to be eligible for loan deferment, however it is ultimately the decision of your lending agency as to whether or not you are eligible. For more information on common questions associated with loan deferment, you can visit the National Postdoctoral Association website at (You must be a member of the NPA to access this site. For information on joining the NPA, see You can also research student loan repayment grants offered specifically by the NIH. Visit to see if your loans qualify.


Conversational English Class

Fall 2012 starting September 4, Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm, Wang Room 101, Presenter: Martha Fink

Practice your English speaking skills in an informal, weekly class. Attendance is flexible; you do not have to attend all sessions. The class is made up of visiting scholars, professors, postdocs, graduate students and undergraduates from a dozen different countries. The topics discussed range from understanding idioms and slang to finding badminton partners, bicycles and carpools. Course is free. No registration required. For more information, you can contact Martha Fink at


Off-campus resources for New Postdocs - "Facebook for Academics"

Academic Room - online platform that facilitates multidisciplinary engagements among scholars and researchers around the world

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

American Association of Community Colleges

Association of American Colleges and Universities

Association of American Medical Colleges

American Society for Cell Biology

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)

Chronicle of Higher Education - weekly newspaper

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL)

Finding/Being a Mentor - e-Mentoring for diversity in engineering and science

Free Trade Magazine Subscriptions and Technical Document Downloads

Inside Higher Education - online source for news, opinion and jobs for all of higher education

Mentor Net - e-mentoring for diversity in engineering and science

National Academies

New Scientist

New York Academy of Sciences

Pathways to Science - supports pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with particular emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring and resources

PhD comics - Graduate student comic strip

Postdocjournal - International platform addressing practical issues that pertain to postdoctoral experience

Sigma Xi - Postdoc survey

Society for Neuroscience - mentoring program

Tomorrow's Professors - a fully moderated, free email newsletter out of Stanford University that gleans useful information of interest to Postdocs from a variety of sources.


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