Postdoctoral Affairs Office

The Postdoctoral Affairs Office serves and advocates for postdoctoral scholars and the faculty who train them at UT Southwestern Medical Center. We are located on the third floor of the C. Kern Wildenthal Research Building, also known as the NL building, on the North Campus.

The functions of the Postdoctoral Affairs Office:

  • Advocate and provide guidance for postdoctoral scholars
  • Develop and implement policy
  • Direct the Postdoctoral Certificate Training Program, including registration
  • Promote recruitment of postdoctoral scholars
  • Answer your questions:

We provide:

  • Support for more than 550 postdocs in 35 different Departments/Centers
  • An introductory presentation on the Postdoctoral Training Program and Postdoctoral Association at 2 p.m. the second Friday of each month, for approximately 200 new postdocs each year
  • Approval of postdoctoral HRMS forms and departmental/center postdoctoral pay plans to ensure compliance with H-1B visa laws
  • The postdoctoral scholar guidelines including appendices such as an appointment letter template and departmental appointment checklist. (You must be on a UTSW computer here on campus or logged in through VPN to download this document.)
  • Postdoctoral fellowship boilerplate text, examples of funded fellowships, and listings of postdoctoral funding opportunities
  • Assistance with recruitment, including diversity
  • Approval and posting of available postdoctoral training opportunities
  • The Postdoctoral Certificate Training Program, which provides postdocs with training in the responsible conduct of research, career advancement skills, public speaking, and professional development (via their individual development plans)
  • English language training for postdocs who are not native English speakers
  • Video recordings of many seminars and courses
  • Support of the Postdoctoral Association (PDA), which provides a sense of community through scientific and social interaction, promotes effective training and career development, represents and addresses issues relevant to postdocs, and eases the transition for new, particularly international, postdocs

The PDA has co-sponsored the Communication Skills seminar series including talks such as “How to Write a Cover Letter and Statement of Research Interests” by Steve McKnight, Ph.D., or “Communicating with Editors following Manuscript Review” by Eric Olson, Ph.D. Other benefits and activities of the PDA include:

  • Postdoc Survival Guide
  • The Informer, our monthly newsletter
  • Travel awards offered twice a year
  • Affiliate membership in the National Postdoctoral Association, which provides a toolkit of Postdoctoral Core Competencies
  • The Postdoctoral Research Symposium and Poster Session at which more than 100 postdocs have presented posters for each of the last two years
  • Reverse recruiting for strong postdoctoral candidates 
  • Additional Responsible Conduct of Research training for postdocs on training fellowships