post·​doc·​tor·​al ˌpōs(t)-ˈdäk-t(ə-)rəl How to pronounce postdoctoral (audio)
variants or less commonly postdoctorate
: being beyond the doctoral level:
: of or relating to advanced academic or professional work beyond a doctor's degree
a postdoctoral fellowship
: engaged in such work
postdoctoral scholars

Examples of postdoctoral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The soon-to-be dean went on to earn a master’s degree and doctorate in psychology from Washington State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in substance abuse from that university. Lou Ponsi, Orange County Register, 13 June 2024 Their story began in the 1980s, when Victor Ambros, working as a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of biologist Robert Horvitz at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was studying a gene denoted lin-4 in the worm Caenorhabditis elegans. Philip Ball, Scientific American, 14 May 2024 Avery Hill, a postdoctoral researcher at the California Academy of Sciences, noted that for every 1.8 degrees of additional global warming, up to 40% more trees could die from beetle infestations. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2024 Muhammad Imran Hosen, a postdoctoral researcher at University of New South Wales, Australia, said the government should use water management to cool the city, while people could also play their part by creating rooftop gardens or installing vertical greening on tall buildings. Muhammad Tahmid Zami and Mosabber Hossain, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for postdoctoral 

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of postdoctoral was in 1929

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“Postdoctoral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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