How to Get a Job after the Postdoctoral Appointment: Lessons from Sports

The Postdoctoral Society of Argonne (PSA) is pleased to host Dr. Marius Stan (AMD) for a special PSA Coffee Break event for National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week. Stan, an award-winning Postdoc mentor was the Keynote speaker for the 2017 Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium, where he gave a motivating and animated talk on finding the right career path for you.  All are welcome to attend this encore performance as it is sure to inspire!

Date: September 18, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Building 402 Auditorium

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP for planning purposes.


Life as a postdoc is beautiful: exciting research, rewarding collaborations and a friendly work environment. Like most beautiful things, it ends after two or three years.  After that, securing a permanent position at a national laboratory, in academia or in industry is a complex and stressful endeavor that requires careful preparation. In addition to continuously improving skills, teaming up and being productive, it involves understanding leadership and management, securing funding and wisely timing the application moment.  The author shares his experience as a former postdoc and current hiring manager and illustrates key concepts using video clips from sports.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Marius Stan is a Senior Scientist in the Applied Materials Science division at ANL. He is also a Senior Fellow at University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Marius and his group use artificial intelligence and multi-scale computer simulations to understand and predict physical and chemical properties of multi-component materials and to optimize complex synthesis and manufacturing processes. Marius has extensively published in the scientific literature and is currently writing a book on modeling and simulation. Marius was born in Romania and graduated with a B.S. in Physics from the University of Bucharest. In 1997 he received the Ph. D. in Chemistry from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Romanian Academy. The same year he joined Los Alamos National Laboratory as a postdoctoral research associate. Shortly after that, he was hired as permanent staff. In 2010, Marius joined Argonne. Marius has extensively published in the scientific literature and is writing a book on modeling and simulation. He is an avid soccer player and a published author of short-stories and poetry. You may also recognize him as Bogdan, the car wash owner, in the acclaimed TV series “Breaking Bad.”

About Kristene Henne

Kristene “Tina” Henne is Argonne’s Postdoctoral Program Lead for the Argonne Leadership Institute. In this role, she facilitates the postdoc appointment process, postdoc career development, mentoring, advises the Postdoctoral Society of Argonne and serves as a navigator for postdoctoral issues.
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