Success Strategies for International Postdocs in the United States

February 4, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Virtual Zoom Meeting

When it comes to career planning, international postdocs have additional significant challenges to consider:

  • Cultural Adjustment: it is important to know how to effectively go thru the four stages of cultural adjustment (the honeymoon, frustration, adjustment and acceptance); to communicate and perform effectively; and to develop and establish an efficient network in the US to ultimately secure the next career chapter.
  • Immigration status: it is essential to be aware of the various immigration and visa options that are relevant at different points of one’s career. Knowing about the main avenues that international scholars face in navigating the visa and immigration obstacles, enables them to craft an effective career plan for the US job market.
  • Funding opportunities:Grantsmanship is one of defining factors for scholars’ career success, yet seems to be a limiting factor for internationals. Being able to identify and navigate the available funding resources will facilitate a successful transition to the next career chapter.

This will be an interactive session to aid attendees in addressing the main challenges faced by international scholars in the US. It will provide practical ways to navigate these challenges in pursuing successful careers. 

Learning objectives

Attendees will learn:

  • How to manage the four stages of cultural adjustment and network their way to the next career chapter. 
  • How to develop evidences for immigration documents needed to make the next career step in the US.
  • How to identify and navigate funding resources that are available to nonresidents.


Sina Safayi received his DVM from Shiraz University in Iran and his PhD from University of Copenhagen in Denmark; and received postdoctoral training in life sciences from University of Copenhagen, Clemson University and Iowa State University. Sina has over 140 publications, invited talks and presentations, in addition to over two decades of experience in a range of leadership positions focused on programming and activities supporting the academic, social, career and professional development of undergrad, grad and postdoc trainees on three continents. In his current role as the director of career development and industry outreach at Rush University Graduate College, Sina leads the career and professional development activities for graduate students. Prior to joining Rush, Sina led similar offices at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School in the US and Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University in Japan, where he developed and instituted programs to foster the career and professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Register and Zoom link will be sent Feb. 3rd.