Career Development

Chair: Beth Fields

Take The Career club survey to help plan upcoming events. 

Our long-standing Career Development activities can be found on our Career Events page, and be sure to check out the Calendar on the main page for upcoming events. The OACD website also holds a wealth of information on workshops and seminars (see sidebar content), and other general information for postdocs.

The Career Development Committee offers the Postdoc Career Club, which hosts a series of career development events. Check out the Career Club page for career development resources and a list of career-related events.

The University of Pittsburgh is a partner institution in the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), a cross-university national network of 22 diverse research universities committed to advancing the professional development of the next generation of STEM faculty.  Check out the Pitt-CIRTL website for information about the three-tier, nationally-recognized Certification in STEM Teaching and other professional development seminars, workshops, and courses offered by the local Pitt CIRTL program.

Check out the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute, the University's hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, for resources about services for Pitt innovators, workshops, educational programming, mentoring, and networking.

Check out the Pitt Professional Development Consortium, a student and postdoctoral group comprised of several Pitt organizations aimed at providing resources for trainees in the Health Sciences.

The Institute for Clinical Research Education is home of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and provides a range of career development programs and activities. 

The University Center for Teaching and Learning provides a variety of workshops and online teaching resources. To look over and register for upcoming events, visit their website.

Foundations of Successful Career Planning and Development Course: Postdocs are encouraged to enroll in this unique career planning course taught by Steve Wendell. This course focuses on fostering life-long career management habits, maximizing your scholarly training success, and shaping positive career outcomes. Stay tuned for info regarding course offerings for Fall 2018. For more information about this course, click here


  • BioBreakfast: BioBreakfast is a weekly gathering of individuals in the Pittsburgh life sciences sector from 8-10 am every Tuesday at the Pittsburgh Technology Council on Technology Drive. For more information about BioBreakfast, visit their website here.
  • Starting Your First Lab Seminar: The UPPDA recently co-hosted a seminar with the WSMA on "Starting Your First Lab". Dr. Schlomchick in the Department of Immunology graciously shared his very informative presentation with us. 
  • Postdoc Career Club: A peer-to-peer CV/resume event will be held on June 2nd at the Wyndham lounge on campus. Check out the flyer for details.


Looking for a job in Pittsburgh? NEXT Pittsburgh lists job postings every Monday and Thursday. Check out their website for current listings. Career information can also be found at Imagine Pittsburgh. Looking for a job in the health sciences outside of Pittsburgh? Sign up to become a member of The Dropout Club, the networking website for doctors and scientists seeking innovative careers. 

Interested in a job in academia but need more resources? Check out's Education Career Guide.