post·​doc·​tor·​al | \ˌpōs(t)-ˈdäk-t(ə-)rəl, ˈpōst-ˌdäk-\
variants: or less commonly postdoctorate \ˌpōs(t)-​ˈdäk-​t(ə-​)rət, 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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Tsao also did some of her postdoctoral studies at UAB prior to joining the faculty. Erin Edgemon,, "Vestavia Hills native behind viral Google Arts & Culture selfie app," 11 Apr. 2018 Phil Dawson, dean of graduate and postdoctoral studies, said this structure gives graduates an unusually wide exposure to various aspects of sciences. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Scripps Research ranked in top 10 for chemistry and biology," 30 Mar. 2018 Jeremy Castle is a postdoctoral fellow in the political science department at Central Michigan University. Jeremy Castle, Vox, "Younger evangelicals look an awful lot like older evangelicals post-2016," 12 Nov. 2018 No, according to Nadia Brashier, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University specializing in memory and judgment. Galadriel Watson, Discover Magazine, "Why We Feel the Need to Knock On Wood," 17 Oct. 2018 These pupfish are among the 80 different animals that Rabaiotti, her co-author Nicholas Caruso, a postdoctoral scientist at Virginia Tech, and illustrator Ethan Kocak describe in the new book Does it Fart? Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Birds don’t fart, neither do sloths, and other secrets of #DoesItFart," 31 Mar. 2018 Professor Rhodes' postdoctoral mentee, Jason Daniel-Ulloa, nominated Rhodes for NBC Out's #Pride30 list. Ariel Jao /, NBC News, "#Pride30: Professor Scott D. Rhodes is a 'tireless champion' of public health," 31 May 2018 Kellie Jurado, 30, a postdoctoral immunobiologist at Yale, carries a burgundy Michael Kors Jet Set tote bag in part to distinguish herself from the backpack-toting students swarming around her on campus. Rory Satran, WSJ, "We Found the Perfect Women’s Work Bags," 24 May 2018 Another agreement brings postdoctoral Saudi women scientists and engineers to MIT to conduct research., "South Korea, US reach trade, tariff deal," 25 Mar. 2018

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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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