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photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester -Kyle Fuerschbach, right, a graduate student at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester' Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and professor of Optical Engineering Jannick Rolland work on a free form lens experiment in Goergen Hall March 22, 2013. //
 

RocDocs: How to Find and Approach Potential Faculty Hosts

Making connections and finding the right host can seem daunting. Here are some suggestions to help facilitate that process.

Start with your research interests and career aspirations

  • What are your research interests?
  • Your career aspirations?
  • What excites you in your research field?
  • Can you identify a productive research area that fits your values and your career plans?
  • Who is engaged in research that is complementary to your interests?
  • Do you have geographical limitations?

What kind of host best fits your needs?

Famous mentors have connections and resources but may travel a lot and have big labs.
Up-and-coming mentors may be in the lab every day but may still be developing resources.
Do you prefer hands-on guidance or a more removed mentoring approach?
Are they nurturing?
Is that important to you?
Are they collaborative? Competitive?
What kind of connections do they have in academia? In industry?
Where have former postdocs from that lab ended up?
Read their work and work from their lab widely and critically.

Approaching potential hosts:

Introduce yourself – generally  in a succinct cover letter or email.

Include:

  • The story of your current research (question, approach, results, and significance
  • Your career goals, your plan to achieve them, and how a postdoc position in that lab plays into that plan
  • Your postdoc project interests (be creative!) and proposed approach
  • A description of how this connection is a great match

Adapted from John Boothroyd’s “Finding the Right Postdoc for YOU,” Preparing for Faculty Careers, and “Questions to Ask When Choosing a Postdoc Advisor,” Pathways to Science.

Potential Faculty Hosts

All RocDocs applicants must submit the names of 3-6 faculty members they are interested in being matched with as a host. We recommend you reach out to them yourself to help ensure they are a good fit. You may reach out to any faculty member at the University of Rochester and request to have them be matched with you for the RocDocs program. Below is a list of faculty members who are particularly interested in hosting our RocDocs to visit their research environment.

NameDepartmentEmail
Ashton, JohnBiomedical Geneticsjohn_ashton@urmc.rochester.edu
Beck, LisaDermatologylisa_beck@urmc.rochester.edu
Bennett, Nancy M.Center for Community Healthnancy_bennett@urmc.rochester.edu
Berk, BradfordNeurosciencebradford_berk@urmc.rochester.edu
Cerulli, CatherinePsychiatrycatherine_cerulli@urmc.rochester.edu
Chhabra, KavaljitEndocrinology and Metabolismkavaljit_chhabra@urmc.rochester.edu
Conwell, YeatesPsychiatryyeates_conwell@urmc.rochester.edu
Dirksen, RobertPharmacology and Physiologyrobert_dirksen@urmc.rochester.edu
Dozier, AnnPublic Health Sciencesann_dozier@urmc.rochester.edu
Dumyati, GhinwaInfectious Diseaseghinwa_dumyati@urmc.rochester.edu
Dunman, PaulMicrobiology & Immunologypaul_dunman@urmc.rochester.edu
Dye, TimOBGYNtim_dye@urmc.rochester.edu
Elder, AlisonEnvironmental MedicineAlison_Elder@URMC.rochester.edu
Ermolenko, DmitriBiochemistry and Biophysicsdmitri_ermolenko@urmc.rochester.edu
Fowell, DeborahMicrobiology & Immunology
Deborah_Fowell@URMC.Rochester.edu
Geha, PaulPsychiatrypaul_geha@urmc.rochester.edu
Georas, StevePulmonary/Critical Care Unitsteve_georas@urmc.rochester.edu
Hill, ElainePublic Health Scienceselaine_hill@urmc.rochester.edu
Jin, Zheng-GenCardiovascular Research Institutezheng-gen_jin@urmc.rochester.edu
Kelly, Douglas H. Mechanical Engineeringd.h.kelley@rochester.edu
Kiernan, AmyOphthalmologyamy_kiernan@urmc.rochester.edu
Korman, BenjaminImmunology/Rheumatologybenjamin_korman@urmc.rochester.edu
Kuo, CatherineBiomedical Engineeringkyleen@rochester.edu
Li, Yan Michael
NeurosurgeryYanM_Li@URMC.Rochester.edu
Libby, RichardOphthalmologyrichard_libby@urmc.rochester.edu
Lueck, JohnPharmacology & Physiologyjohn_lueck@urmc.rochester.edu
Majewska, AniaNeuroscienceania_majewska@urmc.rochester.edu
Martinez, LuisMicrobiology & Immunologyluis_martinez@urmc.rochester.edu
Mathews, DavidBiochemistry and Biophysicsdavid_mathews@urmc.rochester.edu
McCall, MatthewBiostats Computational Biologymatthew_mccall@urmc.rochester.edu
McIntosh, ScottPublic Health Sciencesscott_mcintosh@urmc.rochester.edu
Mesfin, Addisu
OrthopaedicsAddisu_Mesfin@URMC.Rochester.edu
Miller, JimCenter for Vaccine Biology and Immunologyjim_miller@urmc.rochester.edu
O'Reilly, MichaelPediatrics Neonatologymichael_oreilly@urmc.rochester.edu
Ossip, DeborahPublic Health Sciencesdeborah_ossip@urmc.rochester.edu
Ovitt, CatherineCenter for Oral Biologycatherine_ovitt@urmc.rochester.edu
Rahman, Irfan
Environmental Medicine

Irfan_Rahman@URMC.Rochester.edu
Robert, JacquesMicrobiology & Immunologyjacques_robert@urmc.rochester.edu
Romanski, LizNeurosciencelizabeth.romanski@rochester.edu
Samuelson, Andrew
Biomedical Genetics
Andrew_Samuelson@URMC.Rochester.edu
Sant, Andrea
Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology
Andrea_Sant@URMC.Rochester.edu
Schwarz, EdwardCenter for Musculoskeletal Researchedward_schwarz@urmc.rochester.edu
Singh, Ruchira
Ophthalmology
Ruchira_Singh@URMC.Rochester.edu
Sundar, Isaac K
Environmental Medicine
Isaac_Sundar@URMC.Rochester.edu
Thakar, JuileeMicrobiology & Immunologyjuilee_thakar@urmc.rochester.edu
Thirukumaran, Caroline POrthopaedicscaroline_thirukumaran@urmc.rochester.edu
Van Orden, KimberlyPsychiatrykimberly_vanorden@urmc.rochester.edu
Wang, Kuan HongNeurosciencekuanhong_wang@urmc.rochester.edu
White, Jim MDPulmonary/Critical Care Unitjim_white@urmc.rochester.edu
Yao, PengCardiovascular Research Institutepeng_yao@urmc.rochester.edu
Yarovinsky, FelixCenter for Vaccine Biology and Immunologyfelix_yarovinsky@urmc.rochester.edu
Yu, Yi-Tao
Biochemistry and Biophysics

YiTao_Yu@URMC.Rochester.edu
Yule, DavidPharmacology & Physiologydavid_yule@urmc.rochester.edu
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