Definition of postdoc in US English:

postdoc

noun

informal
  • 1A person engaged in postdoctoral research.

    ‘a young postdoc’
    • ‘Students, postdocs, and colleagues were inevitably the beneficiaries of lessons in geography and foreign cultures as an added bonus of his trips abroad.’
    • ‘In a small department without graduate students or postdocs, that extra dimension adds perspective.’
    • ‘Science Fictions should be required reading for postdocs and graduate students in biomedical research labs.’
    • ‘He joined nearly 40 other psychologists, advanced graduate students and postdocs for a crash course on ways psychologists can use fMRI to design informative experiments.’
    • ‘Campus career services are usually geared exclusively toward undergraduates, occasionally graduate students and only rarely postdocs.’
    • ‘I don't treat the undergrads any different than I treat my grad students and postdocs.’
    • ‘The book will be most suitable for research students, postdocs and academics.’
    • ‘Remarkably, 43 percent of first authors of research articles in Science were postdocs, according to a 1999 study.’
    • ‘Unlike graduate students, postdocs have the sophistication to be highly productive in the laboratory or in a research group of senior scientists.’
    • ‘Other graduate students and postdocs joined me there.’
    • ‘Graduate students, postdocs and new and established faculty are invited to apply.’
    • ‘Almost anyone who grinds through grad school and postdocs to get a faculty job as a scientist could be making more money for less work doing something else.’
    • ‘After surviving graduate school and three postdocs, she ended up in Berkeley.’
    • ‘In his laboratory, over the years he hosted a large number of young American postdocs, out of a wish to give back something of what America had given to him.’
    • ‘And the institute is offering a weeklong summer program for graduate students or postdocs who want to make this area a focus of their research.’
    • ‘Also, students and postdocs have noted that outreach work re-energizes them and rekindles their excitement in bench science.’
    • ‘She was free to work on any problem she wished - a policy that Emerson encouraged among his graduate students and postdocs.’
    • ‘I have known and admired him since the early 1970's when we were postdocs together at Cambridge University.’
    • ‘His experience in South Africa, he says, ‘made me realize how hard I have to work to get students and grad students and postdocs involved.’’
    • ‘I would also suggest that you reflect on contacts you've made during your two postdocs as well as your undergrad/grad studies.’
    1. 1.1 Postdoctoral research.
      • ‘This is a great source for internships, postdoc opportunities, and research positions to enhance career potential.’
      • ‘I am on the job market after another postdoc, and the job openings that would justify educating more scientists just aren't there.’
      • ‘There is little chance that these postdoc jobs will be in the same country never mind the same area you live in which means you up sticks and move every two years or you loose out.’
      • ‘Students can look to the magazine for everything from overviews of emerging trends in psychology practice, research and education to advice on finding an internship or postdoc.’
      • ‘The new postdoc training program aims to increase education research.’
      • ‘They want to complain that there's not enough innovation in science, but they're looking for the wrong thing if all they're hiring are people who did 8 or 9 years of postdoc.’
      • ‘Other factors contribute to lengthening postdoc training.’
      • ‘Using the rate of postdoc employment to infer general trends may or may not work in general.’
      • ‘Or is that what they're doing for the last 6 years of postdoc - making themselves ridiculously qualified for positions nobody could possibly be qualified for?’
      • ‘Up to then, PhD funding and postdoc research grants had fallen at her feet, thanks to the success of her departmental head.’
      • ‘Three years postdoc Harvard Society of Fellows; PhD in economics from M.I.T.; BA, summa cum laude, in economics from Harvard University.’
      • ‘Internship and postdoc sites will now inform students whether they'll be interviewed’
      • ‘There followed a decade of short-term, low-ranking jobs in out-of-the-way places, like the succession of postdoc appointments so many graduates face today.’
      • ‘Science training is notorious for stretching out the doctoral / postdoc process, in part because the researchers heading labs benefit from having all that cheap, talented help.’
    2. 1.2 A postdoctoral research fellowship.

Pronunciation

postdoc

/ˈpōs(t)däk/