post·​doc | \ ˈpōs(t)-ˌdäk How to pronounce postdoc (audio) \

Definition of postdoc

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: one engaged in postdoctoral study or research



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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Alan Davis, an Ohio State professor of social work who collaborated on mental health and substance abuse studies as a postdoc in Griffiths' lab and is still affiliated with it, believes the mystical aspect of trips is a factor in their success. Sarah Scoles, Popular Science, "What happens when psychedelics make you see God," 9 Nov. 2020 Scott Boyken, a former postdoc in Baker’s lab, has designed, from scratch, proteins with tiny moving parts. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, "Scientists Advance on One of Technology’s Holy Grails," 18 Sep. 2020 Bin Yan is a postdoc in the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Nikolai Sinitsyn, Scientific American, "The Quantum Butterfly Noneffect," 21 Sep. 2020 In 1993, after a postdoc at the University of California, San Francisco, Baker moved back to Seattle, taking a job at the University of Washington. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, "Scientists Advance on One of Technology’s Holy Grails," 18 Sep. 2020 In March 2019, Elissia Franklin, a postdoc at Purdue who researches analytical chemistry, founded a podcast called The Research Her, which highlights Black women researchers. Anne Snabes, The Indianapolis Star, "Black chemists protest systemic racism and connect with each other on social media," 10 Sep. 2020 That left him two options: one lab with a postdoc in Iceland and a principal investigator in New York, one with a principal investigator living in Denmark. Chris Wright, Wired, "The Pandemic Could Derail a Generation of Young Scientists," 27 Aug. 2020 Geetha Thimmegowda, a postdoc in Shannon Olsson’s lab at the institute, collected honey bees in and around Bengaluru, which has growing problems with air pollution. Harini Barath, Science | AAAS, "‘Its body looked like a warzone.’ Air pollution could kill off critical honey bees in India," 10 Aug. 2020 To clarify such trade-offs, a postdoc on the island has been gathering socioeconomic data and other researchers have just arrived, says ecologist Sally Holbrook of UC Santa Barbara. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "The pandemic stilled human activity. What did this ‘anthropause’ mean for wildlife?," 13 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective So Kanwisher, along with her postdoc Katharina Dobs and other colleagues, turned to deep nets for help. Quanta Magazine, "Deep Neural Networks Help to Explain Living Brains," 28 Oct. 2020 Stephan adds that if postdoc appointments are extended, the academic community may see downstream impacts on another group: soon-to-be Ph.D. graduates. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Amid pandemic, U.S. faculty job openings plummet," 6 Oct. 2020 Gorbunova was able to work with her university to ensure the teams of undergrad students who normally take care of the naked mole rats were replaced by postdoc students and technicians using protective gear and working in shifts. Chris Wright, Wired, "The Remarkable Stuff Scientists Get Done as They Work From Home," 8 June 2020 At LMB in July 2019, postdoc Byung-Gil Lee finally had time on a Krios after weeks of waiting—and weeks of purifying a protein until hundreds of trillions of copies were concentrated in a single drop. Eric Hand, Science | AAAS, "‘We need a people’s cryo-EM.’ Scientists hope to bring revolutionary microscope to the masses," 23 Jan. 2020 Additionally, there are fewer accomplished scientists that can take up postdoc positions and fewer institutions with the capacity to host postdoc trainees. Thomas Kariuki, Quartz Africa, "African universities are battling to attract post-doctoral researchers," 31 Aug. 2019 Subsequently, Bill completed postdoc fellowships at the U. of Toronto and Georgia Tech., "William C. Keever," 10 July 2019 As a result, the NASEM report’s authors argue, postdoc training is haphazard and PIs have little incentive to prepare these young scientists for independent research careers. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Panel calls for a postdoc tax and other measures to help biomedical scientists find jobs," 12 Apr. 2018 Subsequently, Bill completed postdoc fellowships at the U. of Toronto and Georgia Tech., "William C. Keever," 10 July 2019

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