Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Postdoctoral.
  • n. A postdoctoral program of study.
  • n. A grant or award funding postdoctoral study or research.
  • n. A postdoctoral scholar or researcher.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A postdoctoral academic research position.
  • n. Someone in such a position.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a grant that funds postdoctoral study or research
  • n. a scholar or researcher who is involved in academic study beyond the level of a doctoral degree

Etymologies

Shortened form of postdoctoral (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In case you are wondering, postdoc is short for “post-doctoral researcher”, which means that you have a doctorate, but are still working under a more senior scientist or academic, usually a professor at a research institution.

    The Panda's Thumb: August 2005 Archives

  • The LMB was an amazing place to do science, and, as many people have remarked before me, a postdoc is the very best time to do science.

    Martin Chalfie - Autobiography

  • I know a lot of it is down to the fact that I'm an inexperienced junior faculty but I thought there would have been more due to the economic situation - particularly as Really Big U pays NIH rates and postdocs here are administratively treated as junior faculty which means awesome benefits ... both of which are rare in postdoc circles.

    Economic Status via Google Hits

  • Doesn't seem like a research postdoc is going to be in your plans then, huh!??

    Variety is the Spice of Life

  • The interesting thing about being a postdoc is that it's at least your second time experiencing everything.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • If the postdoc is smart and creative, this is probably a win/win situation.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • In this scenario, the postdoc is left to fend for him - or herself.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • Everyone knows that the future for junior faculty such as myself is grim, at best, but for the current crop of trainees, things are going to be much, much worse – particularly as the current cash grab is likely to fund a bunch of new projects for a short period which will mean more short term postdoc opportunities with no real future.

    Bleak House (and I don’t mean the Dickens novel)

  • A postdoc is a time for learning and developing into an independent scientist and you certainly seem to be headed that way:)

    A Terribly Brilliant Year

  • And that article on getting a postdoc was a good read.

    Chemo::Blogs #2

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