Last week (Sept 18-22) labs and academic departments around the country celebrated Postdoc Appreciation Week. Postdocs, or post-doctoral researchers, have completed doctorate degrees and are working as senior researchers, usually as part of a faculty member’s lab. Postdoc positions are usually limited to a few years, and intended to help early-career scientists acquire professional skills and experience needed in permanent academic faculty or industrial research roles.
In CSUN Biology, postdocs are essential to research activities in multiple labs, and they contribute by mentoring students, completing experiments, writing research papers, teaching courses, pursuing independent funding, and developing new collaborations, among many other activities. For all their service to the department we extend a hearty ‘thank you’ to all post-docs here at CSUN!