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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Some examples are programs designed to enhance diversity in the biomedical sciences, such as the MOSAIC program for postdoctoral researchers from underrepresented groups. Marcela Rodrigues, Dallas News, 3 May 2023 Biden’s budget request of $1.4 billion for NSF’s education directorate reflects the administration’s emphasis on expanding the country’s scientific workforce at all levels, from community college through postdoctoral training. Byscience News Staff,, 9 Mar. 2023 Eric Leonardis, a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute with a focus in neuroscience, researches human and animal behavior. WIRED, 7 Feb. 2023 The study, conducted by UW-Madison department of civil and environmental engineering researcher Christy Remucal and postdoctoral co-investigator Sarah Balgooyen, was published in the Environmental Science & Technology journal in late December. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 3 Jan. 2023 The labor action highlighted the schools’ reliance on the graduate students, researchers and postdoctoral fellows who lead discussion units, provide office hours, grade tests and staff research labs. Shawn Hubler, New York Times, 16 Dec. 2022 On Tuesday afternoon, postdoctoral scholars and academic researchers reached a tentative agreement with UC officials, though the strike will continue. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2022 Alannah Miranda of the University of California, San Diego, is a postdoctoral scholar working with U.C.S.D. psychiatry professors William Perry and Arpi Minassian to explore these questions. Gary Stix, Scientific American, 29 Nov. 2022 The teaching assistants, postdoctoral scholars, graduate student researchers, tutors, and fellows do much of the schools' teaching and research. Harold Maass, The Week, 15 Nov. 2022 See More

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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 29 May. 2023.

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