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 postdoctoral (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

Examples of postdoctoral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The problem, said Kira Hoffman, a fire ecologist and postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia, is that much of the world’s fire policy has created conditions that almost ensure large, high-severity wildfires will happen. Quanta Magazine, 29 Nov. 2021 In a 2020 Nature survey of postdoctoral researchers, four out of 10 reported gender discrimination; 90 percent of those people were female. Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 19 Nov. 2021 Soon after completing her doctorate, Watkins worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech). Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Nov. 2021 Watkins was first selected as an astronaut in 2017 while serving as a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology, according to NASA. Abigail Adams,, 18 Nov. 2021 The lead author was Yvette Cendes, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Astrophysics. Elizabeth Howell, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Two of them, Thomas Myers and Luke Adebayo, are postdoctoral researchers on their first visit to the continent. Christopher Tayler, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 The report is based on data from a survey of 700 students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty members. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2021 With a shared vision, a diverse team of professors, postdoctoral researchers, engineers, graduate students and volunteers all willingly put their personal and professional projects on hold to do something that had never been done before. Jennifer Doudna, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of postdoctoral

1929, in the meaning defined above

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“Postdoctoral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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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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