Career Development

career development

About Career Development

Search for postdoc jobs at USC here.

For career development consultation, contact Sarah Hamm-Alvarez, Ph. D., Associate Dean for Basic and Translational Sciences at

Find out more about orientation for postdoctoral scholars here.

Teaching opportunities for HSC postdocs
Below is a list of teaching opportunities available to postdocs. Contact us with your interest, and we will try to connect you with the proper program coordinator.

Graduate level teaching

  • Teaching assistance: The INTD500 mandated Ethics course is taken by all graduate students over the summer. Postdocs can volunteer to facilitate small discussion groups for this course.
  • Curriculum development: Graduate programs, especially 599 courses, are always looking for coursework and provide excellent opportunities to develop classroom experience and establish a teaching profile.
  • Judging: The annual graduate research symposium allows graduate students to showcase their work and potentially win monetary prizes. Postdocs can help with judging presentations and allocating awards.

Undergraduate level teaching

  • Laboratory supervision/mentoring: Many undergraduate students volunteer in laboratories and participate in research in order to receive class credit. Mixers hosted throughout the year provide opportunities to meet undergraduates interested in research.
  • Judging: USC hosts an undergraduate research symposium each year in the spring. Postdocs are essential for helping judge the displays. Please reach out to David Glasgow, assistant vice provost for undergraduate education, if you are interested in judging.

High school level teaching/outreach

  • Judging: There are many high school science fairs that need postdocs to help assess and grade presentations. This includes local science fairs, as well as the California Science and Engineering Fair.