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Careers in Focus – Making the Most of the Postdoc Experience

January 22, 2014

The postdoctoral training period is designed to enable continued professional exploration and scholarly independence, but it is also a time for gaining the necessary skills to assume a leadership role in the workforce. These skills include project development, grantsmanship, communications, and financial management—to name just a few. The Postdoctoral Development Program was initiated in 2005 to meet the training and professional development needs of postdoctoral researchers at CUNY.

Dr. Eric Vieira, the new Director of Special Research Programs

Dr. Eric Vieira, the new Director of Special Research Programs

Eric Vieira, PhD joined the CUNY Research Office in January 2013 as the Director of Special Research Programs, and assumed oversight for the Postdoctoral Development Program. Eric brings considerable experience, knowledge and leadership to this role. In 2003, Dr. Vieira launched the Science Alliance, a career and professional development program for the New York Academy of Sciences. He then went on to a successful career in the finance industry, before moving back to academia to focus on technology commercialization and entrepreneurship. Eric will be organizing career development workshops and networking events to assist the members of the CUNY postdoctoral community in advancing their careers. In particular, he hopes to facilitate professional connections for postdocs, so they can learn the skills, both hard and soft, that will assist in their transition from apprentice to scholar or from scientist to entrepreneur.

“It’s never too early to start planning your next career move. Often postdocs wait until it’s too late before acquiring the skills necessary for making the transition to a leadership role in their field.”

For more information on the Postdoctoral Development Program at CUNY, please  visit or contact Eric Vieira, Director of Special Research Programs (; 646.664.8903).