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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or engaged in academic study beyond the level of a doctoral degree.

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  • adj. After receiving a doctorate; especially of academic research or study beyond the level of a doctoral degree.

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  • adj. of or relating to study or research that is done after work for the doctoral degree has been completed
  • n. a grant that funds postdoctoral study or research


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  • The grants will give women incentives – financial, but also social, personal and professional – to engage in postdoctoral research in leading labs around the world.

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  • In the meantime I took a very short-term postdoctoral position working with Joel Parks at the Rowland Institute, helping him design and build a Paul trap for ionized atomic clusters.

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  • Insight into Science and Academia from the perspective of a tell-it-like-it-is postdoctoral engineer.

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  • Blazej Kot was convicted in April of killing 28-year-old Caroline Coffey, a postdoctoral researcher at the Ivy League school who he'd married just months before the June 2009 murder.

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  • Toor, 34, a first-year postdoctoral clinic fellow at the School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital, was fatally shot Monday outside his condominium in Branford, Conn., as he was heading to work.

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  • In a tradition of dirigisme (from the verb "to direct") that stretches back to the Old Regime, the state encases markets in thick webs of regulations while itself managing health care, most major cultural institutions, and most education from preschool to postdoctoral.

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  • Patrice's second sodden lover is Tom Aldous, a postdoctoral student who works at the research center where Beard presides as a sort of éminence blanche, a fund-raising front man.

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  • "I'm looking forward now to trying to get back full time to the things I really care about: doing research and extending the forefront of our scientific understanding of the science of climate and climate change, teaching and advising students and postdoctoral scholars, and doing the best I can to communicate to the public important scientific findings," he said.

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  • After completing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, she went on to do postdoctoral training in psychoanalysis at NYU.

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  • He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee in 2006 and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara.

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