Being a postdoctoral researcher allows you to strengthen your professional and academic skills in a specialized area before moving to a permanent position. When considering whether or not you should do a postdoc, take some time to reflect on your career goals and the skills you need to be successful in achieving those goals. Deciding to pursue a postdoc (or not) should be an active choice, so network, solicit advice, and explore a variety of options.
If a postdoc sounds right for you, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education can help you find the right opportunity to advance your career. ORISE manages postdoctoral research programs at dozens of national laboratories and federal research facilities across the United States, many of which have open opportunities for qualified candidates.