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Leader Wanted to Fill an International Officer Position

Friday, November 4, 2016  
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November 4, 2016

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) seeks applicants for the position of International Officer. International Officers are Board-appointed volunteer leaders within the NPA. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the International Officer provides expertise and advice on international matters affecting or likely to affect the postdoctoral community to the Board and executive director, NPA committee leaders, and to the NPA membership. The new International Officer will work along with the current International Officer and the international task force to address issues of relevance to international postdoctoral scholars. Considering the requirements of the role, postdoctoral scholars and academic administrators with previous relevant NPA leadership experience are encouraged to apply.

This position offers opportunities to develop and hone leadership skills, expand professional networks, advance the mission of the NPA, and work with a wonderful group of colleagues across the United States. Most business is accomplished via teleconference and email.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET


More than 60 percent of the postdoctoral scholars in the United States come from international backgrounds; the NPA is committed to addressing the issues faced by these individuals in the research and postdoc communities. To assist in this effort, the NPA relies on the International Officers. The International Officers serve as the public face of international postdoc issues for the NPA, and are the primary resource and expert advisors for the NPA Board of Directors, staff, and committees.

Responsibilities of the International Officers

  • Provide advice to the executive director, Board of Directors, and Committees of the Membership on international issues and to assist on related projects;
  • Actively engage with the Board and Committees of the Membership on broad, overarching, Annual Operating Plan tasks related to international issues in the postdoctorate;
  • Work with the current International Officer and the international task force on active, ongoing projects of relevance to international postdocs;
  • Monitor external policies and developments on international issues; and
  • Address public inquiries on the NPA policies and recommended practices on best practices to address issues faced by international postdocs within the research and postdoc communities.

Desired Skill Sets

  • Demonstrated team work skills in past/current position
  • Ability to organize and facilitate teleconference calls
  • Pro-active
  • Can meet deadlines effectively
  • Demonstrated effective and timely communication in the past
  • Strong project management skills
  • Knowledge of the breadth of the international postdoc experience

The NPA is committed to achieving diversity and inclusiveness among its constituency, and advocates equality for all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, disability, country of origin, field of research, socio-economic status, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, in all disciplines at all organizations that train postdoctoral fellows. This commitment to diversity and inclusiveness extends to the practices and policies of the NPA, and the NPA strongly urges postdoctoral training institutions to embrace this commitment as part of their individual missions.

The NPA strives to ensure that all members have open access and opportunities to contribute to the organization through leadership positions, involvement within the committee structure, and participation in annual meetings and other NPA sponsored events. The NPA promotes advocacy for increased diversity among postdoctoral scholars and fosters diversity through activities, policies, and practices that are attuned to this commitment.


Questions regarding the position should be directed to Mahadeo Sukhai, Ph.D., NPA Board of Directors at, or to Amita Bansal, Ph.D., NPA International Officer at

Eligibility for All Positions

Eligibility is limited to members of the NPA, including Sustaining Member representatives. If you are not a member, please visit Join the NPA for membership details before applying.

Application Instructions for All Positions

Interested applicants should submit CV and a one-page statement describing:

  1. Applicant's qualifications for the position and what they would bring to the role
  2. Applicant's experience with the NPA and its mission

Applications should be submitted to by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

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