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Definition of postdoc

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: one engaged in postdoctoral study or research



Definition of postdoc (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of postdoc in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bin Cao has moved halfway around the world, from postdoc at Washington University School of Medicine to assistant professor and vice chair of Xiamen University School of Medicine’s Research Center for Reproductive Medicine in China. Andrew Joseph And Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 15 Nov. 2021 Julian Kölbel, one of Rigobon’s coauthors and now a postdoc at the University of Zurich, frames the ratings conundrum a different way. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, 11 Oct. 2021 But even sloth eDNA turned up, says molecular ecologist Christina Lynggaard, a postdoc at the University of Copenhagen who did the sampling at the zoo. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 20 July 2021 As a materials engineering postdoc in Omenetto’s lab in 2014, Benedetto Marelli accidentally invented a fix for food waste. Max G. Levy, Wired, 28 June 2021 To engineer the mini binder, Longxing Cao, a postdoc in Baker's lab who headed the project, scouted the virus RBD's structure, comparing it with the library of tiny proteins the institute had previously designed and looking for complementary shapes. Rowan Jacobsen, Scientific American, 27 June 2021 Computational biologist Benjamin Peter and paleogeneticist Svante Pääbo at Max Planck led the new study with a team including Skov, a postdoc. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, 16 June 2021 As a postdoc in Douglas Wallace’s lab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2015, Picard and his colleagues discovered another curious mode of communication. Quanta Magazine, 6 July 2021 The trial had evaluated the efficacy of the poliovirus vaccine developed by Jonas Salk, a former postdoc in Francis’s lab. Howard Markel, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Ocampo-Peñuela would go on to pursue a PhD at Duke University in North Carolina with a Fulbright-Colciencias fellowship, then postdoc fellowships at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and the Humboldt Institute in Colombia. Andrew Wight, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 To find out, her postdoc Oliver Maddocks methodically removed various amino acids from cancer cells’ culture medium. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, 1 Apr. 2021 Moved out of the house in Eugene and headed to San Francisco, where my parents had gotten postdoc positions. Rachel Kushner, Vogue, 16 Mar. 2021 To see whether the girdle might contain evidence for its use, Sarah Fiddyment, a postdoc studying ancient proteins at the University of Cambridge, and her colleagues examined it. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, 9 Mar. 2021 Jason McLellan, a postdoc studying H.I.V., had been squeezed out of a structural-biology lab upstairs. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 At Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, microbiologist Frank Aylward and his postdoc Mohammad Moniruzzaman followed up on this mystery by matching genes found in giant virus DNA to those previously documented in other genomes. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 18 Nov. 2020 But because postdoc salaries are funded by a variety of mechanisms, co-author Amir Behbahani acknowledges, finding money to extend everyone’s salary would be challenging. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, 6 Oct. 2020 So Kanwisher, along with her postdoc Katharina Dobs and other colleagues, turned to deep nets for help. Quanta Magazine, 28 Oct. 2020

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“Postdoc.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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