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Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral training is a key aspect of the scientific and intellectual life of the Department of Physiology & Biophysics. Essentially all faculty members participate in postdoctoral training and, typically, 30-35 postdoctoral trainees (called Senior Fellows at the University of Washington) are in residence in the Department.

Although the major activity of postdoctoral scientists in our department is laboratory research, they also participate in various aspects of departmental life. Each year, a postdoctoral representative is selected by his/her peers to attend faculty meetings and express the views of the senior fellows on various issues. PBio postdocs invite seminar speakers and arrange their visits, meet with visiting scientists and faculty candidates, attend the annual departmental retreat, and provide input on numerous issues, including faculty appointments. Various mechanisms for obtaining career advice are available, including an annual seminar/discussion series on “What Can I Do With a PhD in the Biomedical Sciences?” which the Department of Physiology & Biophysics helps support. The Department also runs a postdoctoral seminar series, which provides the opportunity for postdocs to inform departmental colleagues about their research, while honing presentation skills.

A list of current PBio postdoctoral fellows, their laboratory affiliation, and contact information can be found here.

Past postdoctoral fellows have gone on to successful careers in academic research, teaching at the college level, the biotechnology industry and other types of employment.

Postdoctoral fellows in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics are financially supported through several mechanisms including faculty research grants, postdoctoral training grants and individual fellowships from the NIH and non-federal research organizations.

If you are interested in postdoctoral training in a laboratory in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics, please contact the faculty member directly for information regarding the availability of positions, the application process and possible financial support mechanisms.