Postdoctoral Affairs Office

More than 100 Graduate School students with their posters at the Research Symposium
More than 100 postdoctoral scholars shared their research with the UT Southwestern community at the Research Symposium.

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
  • 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 appointment forms and departmental/center postdoctoral pay plans to ensure equity and compliance with visa laws
  • Postdoc Handbook to answer frequently asked questions by both applicants and current postdocs
  • Postdoctoral fellowship application support
  • Assistance with recruitment, including those from underrepresented groups
  • 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 (including their individual development plans)
  • Career development activities with our Graduate Career Development Office
  • 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

Other benefits and activities of the PDA include:

  • The Postdoc Informer, a 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
  • Celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week
  • Host a University Lecture speaker annually
  • Sponsor career development speakers and workshops in partnership with the Graduate Career Development Office