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About the Postdoctoral Council

The East Carolina University Postdoctoral Association (PDA) is a volunteer organization dedicated to addressing the needs and concerns of all ECU postdocs. In the past, the PDA has worked closely with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to provide resources for professional development, generate awareness about problems common to all postdocs, and to foster a sense of community among postdoctoral scholars. All ECU postdoctoral appointees from all of East Carolina University's several schools are welcome to participate in the Postdoctoral Association.

In addition to organizing events and seminars to enrich the scientific experience of postdocs, we are also interested in promoting programs to encourage social interaction within the community.

We invite you to become part of PDA and welcome your ideas and suggestions to improve the quality of the postdoctoral experience. Your participation and/or leadership in the ECU Postdoctoral Association will assist you in building your own leadership skills, in meeting other postdocs outside of your home department, networking and negotiating with others, and in serving the community, a critical experience for you to list on your CV and share with employers during interviews. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact a PDA leader for more information.

The Postdoctoral Association meets on the last Friday of each month at 12 noon, unless otherwise noted. See PDA Events and News on the home page for meeting details. Also meeting announcements will be emailed by the postdoctoral fellow e-list.

Please contact ryant@ecu.edu if you are not on the Postdoc Office e-list.


The National Postdoctoral Association


Responsible Conduct of Research Training and CITI Training

As a postdoctoral scholar at ECU, policy requires all scholars successfully complete mandatory Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) trainings. This training entails small group sessions organized and conducted by Hiromi Sanders in the Office for Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC) and also online training using the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) found at www.citiprogram.org. We encourage you to make the completion of this online training an immediate priority. Please be reminded that an extension of your contract as a postdoctoral scholar is contingent upon, among other things, the completion of this online training. The ORIC website can be found at www.ecu.edu/irb/.