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Career Resources

Stony Brook University Career Center:  The  Career Center offers a wide variety of exciting events, workshops and programs for Stony Brook Postdocs. Check out their  Calendar of Events for more details. Postdocs are also invited to visit the Career Center for help with writing and formatting your resume or CV. Walk-ins are welcome on Thursdays from 10 am-noon, or you can make an appointment by calling 632-6810.

New York Academy of Science's Science Alliance:  As a member of the postdoctoral community at Stony Brook University, you are entitled to a discounted membership with  Science Alliance, the career and professional development branch of the  New York Academy of Sciences. To enroll, contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs for the discount code and be sure to use your institutional e-mail address. Membership benefits include:

Be sure to sign up for the postdoc listserv to hear about periodic discounts on events and other activities. If you would like to attend an event with a group of friends, we can also arrange for a group discount. Contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. 

Versatile PhD:  Versatile PhD is a career resource for PhDs in social sciences, humanities, and science fields, which includes tips on job search documents for various PhD-level jobs as well as periodic online "panel" discussions with career professionals in a range of career sectors. The Career Center manages a campus subscription to, a vast resource of information on working and studying abroad. Make sure you enter via  Stony Brook's portal, and use your campus e-mail.

IDP Toolkit:  The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a career planning tool whereby a trainee writes down his or her short- and long-term career goals and an actionable plan for meeting those goals. While  required by the NIH  for all supported trainees, the IDP is a useful tool for all early-career researchers to help maintain progress in your research and career and to hasten your transition to independence. The IDP can also be a useful mentoring tool, providing an opportunity to discuss career exploration and professional development opportunities with your mentor. You can consult Stony Brook's  IDP Toolkit  for information and templates for developing an IDP.

Planning Your Path to a Satisfying Career:   This workshop series provides resouces to help postdocs and graduate students make a career plan (an IDP) with concrete steps for strengthening their skills and their professional credentials on the path to their next career step.