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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.

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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