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Life during the Covid-19 pandemic can be very isolating. It’s important that we take care of ourselves and each other, while also staying safe. Connect with your postdoc peers during the weekly zoom socials.

Socials are now every Thursday at 4:30-5:30 pm 
Join the Thursday Social via Zoom:

From Postdoc to Industry Workshop, September 4

Are you thinking about transitioning to a career in industry, but are not sure where to start? Here’s your chance to talk to a former UF Postdoc who’s made the jump to industry and ask candid questions about your hopes and concerns.

Join Dr. Harneet Arora, UF Postdoc Alumnus, and learn how she leveraged her academic research experience to start her career in industry. Dr. Arora is a physiotherapist by background. She completed her PhD and Postdoc at UF, where she gained experience in clinical research, clinical trials, and project management. She leveraged that experience to land her current position in clinical project management where she is managing clinical trials at a global level.

Part 1: Tips for Approaching the Industry Job Search.
September 4, 12:00 – 12:55 pm

Dr. Arora will share key tips for approaching the industry job search then will lead a group discussion on some of the myths and concerns that surround the academic to industry career transition.

Part 2: Industry Resume Review Session

September 4, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Do you have an industry resume draft you would like Dr. Arora’s feedback on? Sign-up to receive one-on-one resume advice in a virtual group setting. So that the greatest number of postdocs can benefit from the resume critique session, the sessions will be open for other participants to observe. Please only sign up for a resume critique if you are willing to let your peers observe your resume review session and listen in on Dr. Arora’s feedback. Following each critique, observers will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Register now!

Apply for the Power of Peers (POP) Circle Program with Counterspace Consulting LLC

The NPA Diversity Officers and Counterspace Consulting LLC are partnering to offer a free group coaching experience for a small group of postdoctoral NPA members. The Power of Peers (POP) Circle Program is a self-sustaining, peer-coaching group that offers ongoing professional development with a community of peers. Each POP Circle includes 5-7 people from a particular career stage who meet virtually every other week for 1.5 hours. Each participant defines the focus of their coaching time during each meeting and commits to a contract for action before the next meeting. All participants receive the same amount of work time and are guided to solutions by their peers rather than being provided with solutions.

Each POP Circle will be launched and facilitated by Claire Horner-Devine, Ph.D., for the first three meetings. She will introduce the program structure and provide coaching support. After that, each POP Circle will continue to meet on its own every other week.

What is in it for me?

POP Circle participants develop problem-solving and coaching skills. Participation leads to increased career self-efficacy, increased sense of belonging, and peer accountability to make changes happen. Meeting regularly supports you to make time for problem solving and professional development as challenges and opportunities arise.

How do I participate?

If you are interested in applying for the NPA POP Circle program, or to learn more and apply for this free program, please complete this brief application survey by Monday, August 24. Applications will be reviewed and up to 7 applicants will be selected to launch a POP Circle. We realize that not everyone will have an opportunity to participate and wish we were able to offer the program more broadly! Please let us know what questions you have.

How can I learn more?

You can take a look at this blog post about similar programs

Apply Now!

New Postdoc Orientation – Friday, October 16, 2:30-4:30 pm

Postdoc Orientation is here to help you make the most of your postdoc experience at UF.

Objectives of Orientation:

  • Become familiar with resources available to you across campus

  • Learn about policies relevant to postdocs

  • Draft or refine your professional development plan

  • Meet fellow postdocs (virtually!)

Register here!

Learn more about New Postdoc Orientation and view resources

Serve as a Mentor for the University Multicultural Mentor Program

The University Multicultural Mentor Program (UMMP) provides an opportunity for faculty and staff members to mentor incoming first-year students from diverse backgrounds to help support and guide their transition to the University of Florida. The mentoring time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours per month.

Learn more about the UMMP

Submit an application to be a UMMP Mentor for the 2020-2021 academic year by August 5, 2020

If you have questions, contact Danielle Difato, UMMP Coordinator, at or

2020 Mentor Matching Program – Expand Your Network of Mentors

Applications closed for now. Please check back for the next round.

Quality postdoctoral mentorship key to career success. 

The UF Postdoc Mentor Matching Program has been developed to provide structured assistance to postdoctoral trainees that seek to expand their network of mentors in order to facilitate career success.

After registering as a mentee, you will be paired with an appropriate mentor based on your registration survey responses. Mentors will be recruited from the UF Faculty and local industry partners. Each mentee-mentor pair will be asked to meet 4-6 times throughout the year to discuss mentee career objectives.  Quarterly reminders will be sent to participants.

Postdoc Writing Place Schedule

Closed – please check back for info about reboot

UF Postdoc Writing Places are open to all UF Postdocs. Writing Place sessions will provide a communal space with coffee and light snacks for writing alongside your peers. These sessions will not include instruction, but are for the purpose of creating a time and space where you can prioritize your writing over your other responsibilities to help you meet your writing goals.

New Resource! The Postdoc Academy – Online Professional Development Training Resources

The Postdoc Academy is a digital professional development program designed specifically for postdocs. Its first, free online course, titled “Succeeding as a Postdoc“, was released on Jan. 13. The Academy will run for five weeks.

Submit Postdoc Awards & Honors Announcements

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs wants to promote your achievements. Please send notification of postdoc awards and achievements to Lily Lewis or submit a Postdoctoral Achievements Submission Form. Postdoc Award announcements will be included in the weekly UF Postdoctoral Update Newsletter and Awards and other Achievements (such as publications) will be featured on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website.

Submit your UF Postdoc Profile

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is in the process of updating our website and we want to highlight our current postdocs. We invite you to submit content for your profile and let us help you enhance your online professional presence. The online submission form can be found here and current profiles can be viewed here. Note that a professional style profile picture is required. If you do not have a photo, contact Lily Lewis to schedule your photo shoot prior to submitting your profile. Please feel free to contact Lily Lewis if you have any comments or questions about the submission form or would like assistance crafting your content.

Postdoc HR Issues

Insurance and Benefits: If you have questions about benefits enrollment or eligibility, please contact UF’s Human Resource Services’ GA and Post Doc Associate Benefits Office at or (352) 392-2477.

Employee Issues: If you are experiencing an issue with your supervisor that is not resolved in your department and need assistance or guidance, please contact Mr. Brook Mercier in Employee Relations in UF’s Human Resource Services.  Mr. Mercier can be reached at 392-1072 or

UF Postdocs on Facebook and LinkedIn

Join this Facebook group for University of Florida postdocs as well as the LinkedIn group.

FREE Affiliate NPA Membership

If you would like to receive an invitation join the National Postdoctoral Association or if your invitation has expired and you need to be sent a refreshed invitation, please contact Lily Lewis to receive an invitation.  More information.

FREE NCFDD Membership

The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) provide a variety of virtual programs and resources including:

  • Weekly Monday Motivator
  • Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
  • Monthly Guest Expert Webinars
  • Access to Multi-Week Courses
  • Access to Dissertation Success Curriculum for graduate students
  • Private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring, problem-solving, & moderated writing challenges
  • Monthly accountability buddy matches
  • Access to 14-Day Writing Challenges
  • Access to the Member Library that includes past webinar materials, referrals, and readings

To claim your free access to our Institutional Membership, complete the following steps:

1)  Go to

2)  Choose your institution from the drop-down menu.

3)  Select “Activate my Membership”

4)  Complete the registration form using your institutional email address (i.e.

5)  Go to your institution email to find a confirmation/welcome email. Click “Activate Account” in the email.

If you have any questions about the membership, please contact: Antonio Farias via email at or by phone at (352) 392-6917. If you have any technical questions, please email NCFDD at

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