Career and Professional Development

Individual Development Plans

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a tool for career planning and yearly performance evaluations.  A BSD version of an IDP is a part of your annual reappointment and review!  The PDA has developed a hard copy of the IDP, available here.

Science Careers offers an interactive online IDP career assessment tool for postdocs to explore and develop their plan in a variety of career paths. 

myIDP allows you to:
  • Examine your skills, interests, and values with online assessements 
  • Explore scientific career paths that align with your skills & interests
  • Set strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track
  • Find articles and resources to guide you through the process

Mentor Training for Postdocs

Postdocs are in a unique position where they are both mentees and often mentors to students in their labs. We will use a curriculum that reflects this dual role available from the University of Wisconsin

The first session on "Maintaining Effective Communication" will be held Nov 22nd 12-1:30p, sign up here: 

The mentoring sessions will last 1.5 hours once a month Nov- May. Postdocs who complete all 6 sessions over the course of 2 years will receive a completion certificate. The interactive format consists of faciltator-led workshops where participants work through case studies in small group discussions. Each sessionis led by two facilitators who are either faculty, staff, or postdocs who have completed the program and at least one has received training through the UW-Madison Research Mentoring Core.


Chicago Options in Career Empowerment or myCHOICE is the University of Chicago's Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training program funded by an NIH BEST grant.  This program offers a variety of seminars, workshops, and internship opportunities for postdocs.


The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) for the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Network (NRMN-CAN) is a supplemental award from the NRMN of which Dean Schwartz is a Principal Investigator.  This program focuses on professional skills development, grantsmanship, and mentor training for postdocs and junior faculty, especially those underrepresented in STEM.

UChicago GRAD

Offers career advisement for postdocs in all fields at the university.

Business Cards

Fill out this business card template and email to the Postdoctoral Affairs Administrator who will print out your 30 free personalized business cards.

Postdocs may now purchase subsidized business cards at They cost $7 for 50 cards. Whether you’re heading to a conference or out onto the job market, you can use a template designed for UChicago postdocs and have cards shipped direct to you.

Online Career Resources

Professional Societies