Postdoc Update Newsletter



July 10, 2018


Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture launching Accelerate to Industry (A2i) Initiative

The Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture (CSRA) is launching a new initiative, A2i (Accelerate to Industry), this August. It is a 3-day symposium where five companies (including FL Crystals and Syngenta) will come to UF and discuss preparation for transitioning from academia to industry. The event will include presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and interview sessions – all led by industry representatives. We are looking to recruit a group of 25-30 graduate students and postdocs.

The inaugural UF-A2i will be held on Monday 8/13 through Wednesday 8/15

This is an intensive experiential learning opportunity that helps prepare UF graduate students and postdocs for non-academic careers.

UF-A2i highlights include

  • Networking sessions and career panels
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Skills training workshops
  • CV and interview feedback sessions

Apply Now, registration is limited to 30 participants!

For more information contact James Estrada.

Submitted by James Estrada, Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture


Career Pathways for Research Professionals – Course Offering – GMS5905

Postdocs interested in taking this course must register as a Non-Degree Student. Postdoc Associates may apply for financial assistance through the Employee Education Program (EEP). If you have questions, please contact Lauren Solberg or Bob Kolb.

Submitted by Susan Gardner, CTSI



Submit Postdoc Awards & Honors Announcements

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs wants to promote your achievements. Please send notification of postdoc awards and achievements to Lily Lewis or submit a Postdoctoral Achievements Submission Form. Postdoc Award announcements will be included in the weekly UF Postdoctoral Update Newsletter and Awards and other Achievements (such as publications) will be featured on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website.

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Submit your UF Postdoc Profile

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is in the process of updating our website and we want to highlight our current postdocs. We invite you to submit content for your profile and let us help you enhance your online professional presence. The online submission form can be found here and current profiles can be viewed here. Note that a professional style profile picture is required. If you do not have a photo, contact Lily Lewis to schedule your photo shoot prior to submitting your profile. Please feel free to contact Lily Lewis if you have any comments or questions about the submission form or would like assistance crafting your content.

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Postdoc Editors Association

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is pleased to announce the creation of the University of Florida’s Postdoctoral Editors Association (UF-PEA), a service to help postdocs who seek to improve English grammar and writing style. The UF-PEA is comprised of postdoc volunteers from multiple colleges across the University who will offer preliminary review of manuscripts, grant applications, posters, slides and other scholarly presentations. While this service will be most useful to postdocs who speak English as a second language, the service is free and open to all postdocs at UF. Our editors will provide feedback on structure and style of writing, but refrain from commenting on scholarship which is best honed by interactions between the postdoc and their mentor. UF-PEA will facilitate higher level postdoc-mentor interactions by reducing time spent on basic writing needs.

Find out more or submit a document for review at our website!

Submitted by Joseph McQuail, Postdoc Editors Association Editor-in-Chief


Postdoc HR Issues:

Insurance and Benefits: If you have questions about benefits enrollment or eligibility, please contact UF's Human Resource Services' Benefits Office at or (352) 392-2477.

Employee Issues: If you are experiencing an issue with your supervisor that is not resolved in your department and need assistance or guidance, please contact Mr. Brook Mercier in Employee Relations in UF's Human Resource Services.  Mr. Mercier can be reached at 392-1072 or

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


University of Florida Postdocs on Facebook and LinkedIn

Join this Facebook group for University of Florida postdocs as well as the LinkedIn group:

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


FREE Affiliate NPA Membership

If you would like to receive an invitation to join the National Postdoctoral Association or if your invitation has expired and you need to be sent a refreshed invitation, please contact Lily Lewis to receive an invitation.

More information.

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
University of Florida 

235 Tigert Hall
P. O. Box 113175‌
Gainesville, FL 32611