DrugMonkey takes on the task of calming down late-stage graduate students who just realized they needed a postdoc position set up ages ago. First he assures his readers that "while it may be true that many postdoctoral slots are arranged with significant (many months to a year) lead time, there are plenty that emerge within a month or two of the defense." He then gives a few tips on how to find a stellar postdoc position, including considering what labs you find interesting and the location of the lab, as well as exploring any connections you may have. Applying is simple: send along a cover letter with reference contacts and CV. DrugMonkey adds that networking and talking to others about your search can help your letter move to the top of the pile.
The Postdoc Freak-Out
May 05, 2009