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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

Poster Tours for Trainees at the 2015 Annual Meeting: Guide Sign Up Now Open until January 26

Poster Tours for Trainees is returning for its fourth year at the 2015 SOT Annual Meeting. PDA is currently asking Full and Associate SOT members to sign up as Guides to lead a poster tour to give postdoctoral scientists and graduate students an opportunity to shadow an expert toxicologist and take part in critical evaluation of cutting-edge toxicology methods and research findings in a field of their choosing. This event also provides an outstanding mentoring and networking opportunity for Guides, postdoctoral scientists, and students. Guides can go to the Annual Meeting Website for an overview of the schedule of poster sessions and select times (Monday through Wednesday) and topics they wish to cover with a group of Trainees.

Please volunteer one hour of your time to show trainees the posters you would like to visit at the Annual Meeting. Guides may sign up from now to January 26.

Sign up will open on February 1 for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists to select a one hour tour, with a senior toxicologist in their areas of interest.

Nominations for PDA officers for 2015–2016 are due December 8

Nominations are open for Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Councilor positions; see duties for each. Candidates may self-nominate or advisors, mentors, or others can make nominations. Election details and qualifications are included on the PDA Election Brochure. Send nominations to Rachel Woodson by the deadline Monday, December 8. Include nominee’s name, affiliation, email and phone. Questions? Contact PDA treasurer April Lake.

Best Postdoctoral Publication Award Deadline Approaching—
October 9

The Postdoctoral Assembly (PDA) of the Society of Toxicology is pleased to announce the Best Postdoctoral Publication Award (BPPA). These awards were created to recognize talented postdoctoral researchers who have recently published exceptional papers in the field of toxicology. Three awards, each consisting of a plaque and $250, are presented at the PDA Luncheon during the SOT Annual Meeting. Application materials must be sent via email to SOT Headquarters before 12:00 midnight (EST) October 9.

List of Previous Best Postdoctoral Publication Award Recipients

Postdoc-Themed Blogs for National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week (NPAW)

Our celebration of NPAW included a blog series written by recently transitioned postdocs under the theme Advice from the Other Side: Reflections of the Postdoctoral Experience. We featured authors from each sector, academia, government, and industry:

Increasing Your Visibility and Participation in SOT As an Early Career Toxicologist.

Hosted by PDA Vice Chair Kathryn Page, panelists include:

  • William Slikker Jr., PhD, ATS, Director of US FDA-NCTR, and SOT Past President
  • Lauren M. Aleksunes, PharmD, PhD, Associate Professor at Rutgers University
  • Mary Beth Genter, PhD, DABT, ATS, Associate Professor at University of Cincinnati
  • Betina J. Lew, PhD, Senior Toxicologist at Church & Dwight

This webinar shows the value of SOT membership with regard to professional advancement, and has been endorsed by the SOT Education, Membership, and Career Resource and Development Committees.

Webinar Recording

2014 Best Postdoctoral Publication Awardees

Presented by the Postdoctoral Assembly at the PDA Luncheon on March 25, 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 2014 awardees are:

Annie Lumen, PhD, National Center for Toxicological Research/US FDA. Evaluation of Perturbations in Serum Thyroid Hormones during Human Pregnancy Due to Dietary Iodide and Perchlorate Exposure Using a Biologically Based Dose-Response Model. Toxicological Sciences 133(2): 320–341, 2013.

Gul Mehnaz Mustafa, PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch. Biomarker Discovery for Early Detection of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) in Hepatitis C (HCV) Infected Patients. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics 12(12):3640–3652, 2013.

Phoebe Stapleton, PhD, West Virginia University. Maternal Engineered Nanomaterial Exposure and Fetal Microvascular Function: Does the Barker Hypothesis Apply? American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 209(3):227.e1-11, 2013.


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