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Postdoctoral Scholars

The Postdoctoral Assembly (PDA) is a great resource for SOT postdoctoral scholars for scientific growth, networking, and career advancement. All members of SOT who self-identify as a postdoctoral scholar are included in the Postdoctoral Assembly, which is governed by the PDA Executive Board. These leaders are elected by SOT postdoctoral members, and provide leadership for communications, strategic activities, and events of special interest to postdocs.

Who Is a Postdoc?

Characteristics that define a postdoctoral position…

  • The postdoctoral appointment is temporary.
  • Effort is focused primarily on research.
  • The development of professional skills prepares the postdoc to actively pursue a career.
  • The postdoc is supervised by at least one senior scholar.
  • The postdoc is allowed and encouraged to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship.
  • The appointment is not part of a clinical training program

National Postdoctoral Association definition.

About the Postdoctoral Assembly

What’s New

The Spring Post-y Newsletter Is Here!

Check out the Spring Post-y for articles on:

  • 2015 SOT Meeting Events
  • Best Postdoctoral Paper Awards
  • Incoming Elected PDA Board
  • Career-Life Balance and Reforming the “Invisible” Postdoc Articles
  • Spring Webinar
  • and much more!

Thank you to all who contributed articles for this newsletter; and to PDA Treasurer April Lake for putting together this informative newsletter!

PDA Poster Tours for Trainees: Trainee Sign up Now Open

Sign up for a guided Poster Tour with an expert toxicologist. Join your guide to take part in critical evaluation of cutting-edge toxicology methods and research findings. Additionally, you will have a unique opportunity to network with your guide and their colleagues.

Select a time Monday through Wednesday to participate in the one hour tour on the topics of your interest.

Sign up is open from now until March 6 for postdoctoral scientists and graduate students!

You will be contacted by a member of the PDA once your group assignment has been made. Poster tour groups will meet at their designated start time at the Poster Tour Board near the @SOT Center on the lower level of the Convention Center.

2015 Best Postdoctoral Publication Awardees

The Best Postdoctoral Publication Award recognizes outstanding work accomplished during formal mentored postdoctoral traineeships by recognizing recently published exceptional papers in the field of toxicology. Applications are reviewed by the Postdoctoral Assembly Board and outside reviewers with appropriate scientific expertise, following NIH conflict of interest, confidentiality, and nondisclosure rules. This year’s awardees were selected from a competitive field of SOT postdoctoral researchers and papers. The 2015 awardees are:

Christina Powers, PhD US EPA. Sparking Connections: toward better linkages between research and human health policy—an example with multiwalled carbon nanotubes. Toxicological Sciences in September 2014.

Yong Ho Kim, PhD US EPA. Cardiopulmonary toxicity of peat wildfire particulate matter and the predictive utility of precision cut lung slices. Particle and Fibre Toxicology in June 2014.

John Clarke, PhD University of Arizona. Synergistic interaction between genetics and disease on pravastatin disposition. Journal of Hepatology in July 2014.


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