Pathogen Interest Group
As you progress in your career, it is important to master presentation skills. The Center for Infectious Disease Research organizes a “Pathogens Interest Group” (PIG) meeting twice a month for graduate and postdoctoral students to present their work to the Center. This is a valuable platform not only to learn what others are doing at the Institute, but also to periodically review your work and present it to scientists outside your field. This is a great way to network within the Center and find people that may help you in a particular technique. New postdocs are encouraged to present their work from their previous position to let others at the Center know their skills and previous experience.
Seminars and Conferences
Seminars and conferences are a great way to network with scientists from other institutions. As a postdoc at the Center, you will have access to a wide range of seminars and symposia both here at the Center and in neighboring institutions.
Monday Seminar Series
The Center for Infectious Disease Research hosts a seminar every Monday. Speakers come from a variety of different locations and backgrounds, from academic institutions and non-profit organizations to biotech companies.
The Seattle Malaria Group (SMG)
Hosted by the Center once a month, the SMG is a platform for malaria principal investigators to present their work to malaria researchers in the Seattle area.
Symposia and Conferences
The Center hosts a variety of symposia, including the Infectious Disease Immunology or the Co-Infections symposia. The Center has also been hosting the Seattle Parasitology Conference for many years. This conference is designed as a forum for scientists of the Northwest to discuss advances in molecular and cellular biology of protozoans.
Being in the heart of Seattle, we also have access to a wide range of seminars and conferences from other institutes, such as the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center or the Seattle Children's Research Institute.
The Center provides a variety of benefit programs focused on meeting the unique needs of each of our staff. We provide health and well-being plans as well as other pay protection plans to help make sure that you do not incur an unexpected or unmanageable financial hardship. There are also many programs focused on creating a great place to work and collaborate, including staff gatherings and events.
One of our philosophies specific to postdocs is to work to equalize benefits when you are awarded fellowships. Fellowship awards are a significant accomplishment and can sometimes inadvertently impact your participation in benefits programs. We review the parameters of each fellowship and we structure a benefits offering that works to maintain your participation in our programs or provides a similar value of benefit whenever possible.
It is a well established fact that some of the greatest ideas float on vast pools of coffee. As this is Seattle, it should be no surprise that there is an unlimited supply of coffee for employees!