For postdocs

Teaching observations

Each semester, please ask your research mentor (preferred) or else course supervisor or another faculty member to observe one of your classes. These visits serve two purposes: 1) the observer can provide feedback and suggestions for improving your teaching success and enjoyment, 2) the observer can contribute material toward a “teaching letter”.

Teaching letters

After each teaching observation, the observer should send whatever notes they feel will be useful to the Associate Chair for Faculty. These notes will be shared with the Associate Chair for Instruction, who uses them along with ICES data and other information supplied by the postdoc to prepare a teaching letter for use in academic job applications. Note: the Associate Chairs are not responsible for conducting the teaching observations.

Travel grant
Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships (October) – 1st and 2nd year postdocs can apply. US only.
  • NSF-LEAPS (January) – to launch the careers of pre-tenure faculty at minority-serving institutions (MSIs), predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs), and Carnegie Research 2 (R2) universities. Finishing postdocs or graduate students can apply.
  • NRC Research Associateships (February, May, August, November) – research postdocs at participating government agencies. NIST and many other agencies have projects suitable for mathematicians. Search the list for project titles of interest.
Career planning

What kind of career are you aiming for? The Graduate College Career Development office works with postdocs and offers free resources and consultations. Sign up for their GradLinks mailing list to be notified of career development workshops for resume writing, interviewing, and more, for both academic and industry jobs.

Academic careers

Industry and government careers

Discuss your industry or government career goals with Richard Laugesen, preferably before the final year of your position.