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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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 Credit: Image courtesy of Paul Stevenson, postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University The internet was built through a vast network of copper wires. Fox News, "Scientists are using diamonds to send secret messages," 6 July 2018 Catalog cofounder Park was a postdoctoral associate at MIT, and his cofounder Nathaniel Roquet earned a doctorate in biophysics from Harvard. Hiawatha Bray,, "The next big thing in data storage is actually microscopic," 26 June 2018 Ryan Powers is a postdoctoral associate in the Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy at Yale University. Susan Peterson, Washington Post, "Experts don’t like Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal — or his foreign policy in general," 16 May 2018 To be deemed preeminent, universities must hit 11 of 12 markers that include graduation rates, freshman retention rates and postdoctoral appointees. Annie Martin,, "New UCF President Dale Whittaker vows to 'bring my own energy,' on first day," 2 July 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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