Master's and Ph.D. Career Symposium

2.2 How to Find and Negotiate a Postdoc Position, and Get the Most Out of It

Organized by the Postdoctoral Scholars Association

Time: 10:30-11:45am

Room: 026 Wellman

How does one find a postdoc position? Is it who you know or what you know? Is the process different for finding an academic postdoc versus one in industry? Join our panelists for an explanation of the postdoc search process, tips on how to negotiate the offer and then get the most out of your postdoc experience once you are hired.


Dominique Duncan is a postdoctoral scholar in the Mathematics Department at the University of California, Davis. Prior to her current position, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dominique received her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Yale University in 2013 and a BS in Mathematics from the University of Chicago in 2007 as well as a BA in Polish Literature and minor in Computational Neuroscience.

Kaisa Kajala is originally from Finland and studied for her BA (Natural Sciences) and PhD (Plant Sciences) at University of Cambridge, England. After her graduation, Kaisa took some time off to explore the world (of science). She did her first postdoctoral project at University of Western Australia. In 2012, she got a two-year Finnish Cultural Foundation postdoctoral fellowship to study role of individual cell-types in tomato root development here at UC Davis.

Rob Gysel is a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis. His research interests involve chordal (triangulated) graph theory and algorithms, with an emphasis on their application to problems in phylogenetics. Rob holds an MA in Mathematics, MS in Computer Science, and PhD in Computer Science from UC Davis.

Felicia Robin Goldsmith completed her Bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana in 2008. She loved the Pelican State so much that she decided to attend graduate school at Louisiana State University Agricultural and Mechanical College, where she completed her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in human ecology with a concentration in molecular nutrition in 2010 and 2014, respectively. Her work focused on the effects of a high-fat diet on the fermentation of various dietary fibers in the rodent colon. She accepted a position as a postdoctoral researcher at the Foods for Health Institute located at the University of California, Davis where she continues to investigate the prebiotic potential of various glycans from both plant and dairy sources.