The 2 hours ‘meeting is aimed at Postdocs who want to find out about making the transition from Postdoc to independent team leader (PI). Juniors and more experienced group leaders will discuss different topics such as:

  • Strategic decisions made during your postdoc career.
  • Developing your research strategy.
  • Finding your scientific niche.
  • Obtaining and negotiating a PI position.
  • Setting up a team/lab (how to balance the team, what makes a good PhD candidate,  hiring postdocs, technicians, infrastructure…).
  • Daily life of a PI (dealing with grant applications, managing people…).
  • Presentation strategies for job interviews/chalk talks.
  • Strategies to get a starting grant, 5 year proposals.
  • Evaluation and selection criteria for a PI position.
  • Picking the right institute.
  • Developing your network in academia, with editors, funding agencies and industry
  • Finding the right collaborators.

Group leaders will share their experience and be happy to answer all your questions.



  • Lorena Arranz, Sept 5, 1-2pm

    Lorena Arranz obtained her PhD in Physiology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) in 2009 and then moved to Fundacion Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC) as Postdoctoral Associate. Working in the group of Dr. Simon Mendez-Ferrer, she identified for the first time the critical role played by the haematopoietic stem cell niche in the pathogenesis of the haematological malignancies classified as myeloproliferative neoplasms. This work was published in Nature and received a Merit Award at the congress of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) in 2013. In November 2014, Lorena joined the Department of Medical Biology at the University of Tromsø as Group Leader and NCMM Young Associate Investigator, and was appointed as member of the Department of Haematology at the University Hospital of North Norway in January 2015.

  • Mia Sung, June 6, 3-4pm

    Mia Sung received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from SUNY at Stony Brook and pursued her postdoctoral training in Dr. James Yorke's nonlinear dynamics group at the University of Maryland, College Park. She transitioned to biology when she started in the bioinformatics group of Dr. Richard Simon at NCI, and then worked as a Staff Scientist in the branch of Dr. Gordon Hager, CCR/NCI, between 2005 and 2015. She began her independent investigator position at LMBI, NIA, Baltimore, in the fall of 2015.

  • Pablo Huertas, April 25, 1-2pm
    Pablo worked on R-loop associated genomic instability in S. cerevisiae during his PhD in the Department of Genetics, University of Seville, Spain. In 2004, he moved to the Gurdon Institute, Cambridge, UK where he studied the regulation of DNA end resection by CDKs both in yeast and human cells. Since 2010, he leads a research group at the research institute CABIMER in Seville.  Pablo got an ERC Starting grant in 2011 that helped a lot to establish the lab, and, in 2015, he was elected as a member of the EMBO Young Investigator Program.
  • John Andrew Pospisilik, April 4, 2-3pm
    In 2010, J. Andrew Pospisilik established his laboratory at Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg, Germany, where his team made groundbreaking advances, including development of novel sensitized models for understanding epigenetic stability and variation in metabolic disease. In 2018, Dr. Pospisilik joined Van Andel Research Institute as a director of its Center for Epigenetics and a founding member of its Metabolic and Nutritional Programming group.
  • Nuria Lopez Bigas, February 28, 1-2pm
    Nuria Lopez­-Bigas is a biologist with a PhD in molecular genetics of deafness. She transitioned into bioinformatics during her postdoc at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI). Since 2006, she leads a research group in Barcelona focused on the study of cancer from a genomics perspective.

    Number of participants:12
    Register here (first come, first served)