post·​doc·​tor·​al | \ ˌpōs(t)-ˈdäk-t(ə-)rəl How to pronounce postdoctoral (audio) , ˈpōst-ˌdäk-\
variants: or less commonly postdoctorate \ ˌpōs(t)-​ˈdäk-​t(ə-​)rət How to pronounce postdoctorate (audio) , ˈpōst-​ˌdäk-​ \

Definition of postdoctoral

: being beyond the doctoral level:
a : of or relating to advanced academic or professional work beyond a doctor's degree a postdoctoral fellowship
b : engaged in such work postdoctoral scholars

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Achieving this involved multidisciplinary collaboration, says CSAIL postdoctoral researcher Isabel Qamar. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "This New Dye Changes Color When Exposed to UV Light," 14 Sep. 2019 In 2013, as a postdoctoral researcher with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Marvel helped discover that human activity has almost definitely changed global rainfall patterns. Time Staff, Time, "Meet 15 Women Leading the Fight Against Climate Change," 12 Sep. 2019 The new research was led by Xuge Fan, a postdoctoral researcher at KTH's Department of Micro and Nanosystems. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The World's Smallest Accelerometer Could Transform Wearables," 3 Sep. 2019 Research infrastructure Lack of access to resources is a big problem for postdoctoral researchers. Thomas Kariuki, Quartz Africa, "African universities are battling to attract post-doctoral researchers," 31 Aug. 2019 As scientists led by Amy Eacock, a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, reported earlier this month, peppered moth caterpillars can soak in their surroundings and shift shades accordingly even when blindfolded. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "These Caterpillars Can Detect Color Using Their Skin Not Their Eyes," 27 Aug. 2019 Nick Rorrer is a postdoctoral researcher at NREL who's involved in the research. Kelly David Burke, Fox News, "Scientists finding new ways to fight plastic waste," 15 Aug. 2019 The complaints are nothing new, according to Weston Ross, a postdoctoral researcher studying mechanical engineering at Duke University, who has looked at the design of system on US Navy aircraft carriers. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "No More Screen Time! The Navy Reverts to Physical Throttles," 14 Aug. 2019 The molecular biologist, a postdoctoral researcher in Texas in the year 2000, was breeding botany’s leading model organism, Arabidopsis, an unremarkable weed in the mustard family. Quanta Magazine, "Unexpected ‘Germline’ Plant Cells May Shield New Generations," 5 Aug. 2019

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1929, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of postdoctoral

: relating to work that is done after a PhD has been completed

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