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The Resource Development Committee develops tools and resources for the postdoctoral community including content and publications on the NPA website.

Are you interested in resources for international postdocs and efforts towards diversity? Do you want to gain experience in writing and editing or website development? Are you interested in communicating with the membership of the NPA about important policies, articles and initiatives? The Resource Development Committee interfaces with many of the NPA’s committees, goals, and projects as it provides relevant information and resources to the postdoc population. This committee can provide you with many chances to be effective in postdoc affairs while adding to your own skill set.


  • Develop, maintain, and update all website content and resources, in collaboration with all committees and staff as appropriate.
  • Develop resource materials for the postdoctoral community, in collaboration with all committees.
  • Serve as a resource for postdoc offices and associations, including coordination of the team visit program with NPA staff and Outreach Committee.
  • Create and implement NPA-sponsored surveys, in consultation with staff.
  • Consult with all committees to facilitate resource development.
  • Consult with other committees and Officers to avoid project duplication and promote coordination.

Meet Our Resource Development Committee Leaders

Erin Heckler, Ph.D.

Resource Development Co-Chair

Erin Heckler, Ph.D., is the director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Delaware and did her postdoctoral work at Rutgers University - New Jersey Medical School. During this time, she served as executive officer of the campus’ PDA and as a founding member and vice president of postdoc affairs for the Alliance for Career Advancement, providing career development for postdocs and grad students. This work led her to a career in postdoctoral affairs advocating for postdocs and working to improve their experiences. From 2015-2018, she worked in the Officer of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. While at UChicago, she implemented an “Entering Mentoring” certificate program for postdocs, organized the Future of Research Chicago 2015 and the 2016 National Postdoctoral Survey, working closely with the UChicago PDA.


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