The Postdoctoral Program at Wistar

The Wistar Institute is committed to training the future scientists of the world to engage in rigorous, collegial, high-caliber and compassionate research, in their pursuit of better outcomes for human disease.

At any one time, there are between 75–100 postdoctoral fellows and 45 graduate students in training at the Institute. Our graduate students and fellows have gone on to highly successful independent academic careers at institutions like the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Harvard Medical School, and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, as well as careers in industry at major pharmaceutical companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, and Novartis.

Postdoctoral fellows come to The Wistar Institute to carry out research under the mentorship of one of the Institute’s faculty members. Typically, postdoctoral fellows are accepted directly into the mentor’s laboratory with the concurrence of Wistar's Training Committee.

A well-rounded training program is offered toward these trainees. Postdocs participate in an intensive grants writing workshop; a spring career symposium; a research-in-progress series that allows postdocs to present their research as well as hold a mini-symposium; eligibility to join the biomedical postdoctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania; and other opportunities.