Office for Teaching, Education and Research

Postdoctoral Training

In 2019, the Office for Teaching, Education and Research launched its new Postdoc Milestone Program. Built around the National Postdoc Association's six Core Competencies for Postdoctoral Fellows, the Postdoc Milestone Program is an optional curriculum designed to guide trainees toward independent research and success. Learn more about the National Postdoc Association's Core Comptencies:

  1. Discipline-specific conceptual knowledge
  2. Research skill development
  3. Communication skills
  4. Professionalism
  5. Leadership and management skills
  6. Responsible conduct of research (RCR)

Together with our partners from the University of Washington and Fred Hutch, we offer a unique program that supports not just your research skills development, but your professional and career development as well. Our comprehensive training curriculum covers topics such as grant writing; bioinformatics; leadership and management; interviewing and public speaking skills; and lab management. Additionally, we offer training topics for an academic career, such as how to write your teaching statement, opportunities to lecture and more. With the changing job market, we are fully aware that more and more postdocs are choosing to pursue careers outside of academia, so that is why we also provide training opportunities for industry-focused careers, preparing you with the business skills needed to thrive outside of academia.

We booster our program with 1:1s with the OTER program manager, who can connect you with additional resources and individuals to further your skill set and grow your network. Thus, when you are ready to move on from your postdoctoral position, you will have the skills and experience necessary to be a top candidate in whatever field you choose to pursue.

With a strong community of over 75 postdocs, who meet regularly to collaborate as well as socialize, we hope you consider joining our institution.

Please consider looking further into each of our centers and programs in order to learn more about the research conducted here at Seattle Children’s:

Our current open positions for postdoctoral fellows are listed on our careers page. However, if there is not an open position available that currently matches your research, please consider expressing your interest in our postdoc positions by submitting this form. When a postdoc position becomes available that matches your general research interest, we will notify you.

Below are some frequently asked questions about Seattle Children's Postdoc Milestone Program.

  • How can postdocs and mentors use the program?

    • Postdoctoral fellows should meet with their mentors or PIs and assess gaps and opportunities in their current skills and knowledge base. 
    • Postdocs should use their Individual Development Plan (IDP) to plot out what training opportunities from the curriculum would assist them in their overall career goals. 
    • Postdocs should check in with their mentors at least once a year to assess where they are in their training program and what training opportunities they have completed from the curriculum, and create measurable goals for the coming year. 
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  • What resources are available?

    As training opportunities are continuously identified, OTER has determined the best way to keep our curriculum up to date is to have a live curriculum available through SmartSheet. Postdocs can identify what trainings or sessions would be most helpful for them in their training, and add these trainings automatically to their Outlook calendar via the SmartSheet.

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  • Who can I contact for more information?

    If you're a prospective postdoctoral fellow, and you're interested in learning more about our training program, please email us

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Career Development Award for Postdoctoral Fellows and Early Career Researchers

Seattle Children's Research Institute offers a Career Development Award for postdoctoral fellows that provides the time, funding, mentorship and training necessary to foster the early career development of the next generation of Seattle Children's researchers. Awardees will receive up to three years of salary support and project funds. Learn more.