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post·​doc ˈpōs(t)-ˌdäk How to pronounce postdoc (audio)
: one engaged in postdoctoral study or research


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Nearly 1,000 projects were awarded for early-career graduate students and postdocs. Benj Edwards, WIRED, 2 May 2024 This same survey showed that nearly a quarter of postdocs had worked for at least six years. Jonathan Wosen, STAT, 15 Dec. 2023
Almost 90% of respondents cited pay as a major issue, which informed the group’s top recommendation: increasing the amount of a postdoc fellowship paid by the NIH called the National Research Service Award. Jonathan Wosen, STAT, 15 Dec. 2023 The 21-member group—comprised of NIH officials and researchers at different stages of their career—was convened in November 2022 amid reports that faculty members were struggling to fill open postdoc slots. Bykatie Langin,, 12 June 2023 See all Example Sentences for postdoc 

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Word History

First Known Use


1964, in the meaning defined above


1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of postdoc was in 1942

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“Postdoc.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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