Postdoc and Predoc Liaisons
List of Postdoctoral Liaisons
Michael McCarthy (AMP)
Hossein Sadeghpour (ITAMP)
Dan Fabricant (OIR)
Paul Nulsen (HEAD)
Pepi Fabbiano (HEAD)
David Wilner (RG)
Mark Reid (RG)
Jennifer Yee (SSP)
Role of Postdoctoral Liaisons
The role of the postdoc liaison (PDL) is to help welcome new postdocs to the CfA when they arrive, especially when an advisor is absent, and to be an independent resource for them as needed during their tenures at CfA.
When new postdocs arrive, their advisors have the primary responsibility for introducing them to their Division Administrators (DA) and then to other Division postdocs, scientists, staff, and the PDL; introductions to other scientists with related research interests are an essential part of this welcoming process. In case the advisor is unable to do this, the PDL has the responsibility of contacting the new postdoc and handling these orientation tasks. (The DAs will help each postdoc with all of the orientation paperwork.)
During the course of their stay at CfA, postdocs may have questions for their PDL. The ongoing role for the PDL is to:
Be available to postdocs; Be attentive to potential issues for the postdocs in your Division, both as a group of scientists and as individuals; Periodically meet with the postdocs, one-on-one basis or as a group, to remind them that you exist, and to talk about Division/CfA resources. In some Divisions, a more formal annual review process may be implemented.
When postdocs begin applying for other positions, as their tenures here conclude, the CfA will try to be of assistance to them by offering comments on their application materials, when requested. The PDLs will participate and/or help CfA identify suitable reviewers in the Division.
List of Predoctoral Liaisons
The Director of the Predoctoral Program is an independent resource for SAO Predoctoral Fellows and Visiting Students as needed during their tenures at CfA. In particular, Dr. Babb is available on one-to-one basis if necessary to discuss issues related to predoctoral fellows confidentially.
Although many SAO Predoctoral Fellows have the full support of their thesis advisors at their home universities, we feel that a Director is necessary for each predoc at the CfA for the purposes of evaluating their research work. Fellows in the SAO Predoctoral Program will have their research work evaluated annually by the Director as well as the Predoctoral Research Oversight Committee.
Jim Babb (ITAMP)