UW Graduate School

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

A Postdoctoral Fellow (Postdoc) is “an individual who has received a doctoral degree and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path”.

Definition adopted by the NIH, NSF, and National Postdoctoral Association

Through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA), postdoc fellows from any program can find guidance toward campus resources to address career, appointment, mentoring, teaching and research skills. We get you to the right place — where the services you need are provided and where you can connect with others with similar questions and career development goals.










UW Postdoc Profile

Updated January 2017, this shows a snapshot of where our postdocs are, as well as breakdown by gender, race/ethnicity, citizenship status, and home departments. We will update this document annually. Please contact us at UWOPA@uw.edu with questions and comments.

Download the UW Postdoc Profile

Your Rights as a UW Postdoc

Along with key partners such as the UWPA, Academic HR, the Career & Internship Center, and UW Schools & Colleges, the Office of Postdoc Affairs (OPA) works to support over 1,100 postdocs at UW. The benefits and rights of being a postdoc vary based on your funding source and position. We want every postdoc to know your rights, as the University of Washington has worked hard to offer fair benefit packages to postdocs – in most cases, commensurate with the faculty. We want to support you in getting your benefits, and Academic HR can always help as well. We created a new one page resource to outline the basics, and when in doubt always consult your department administrator.

Download Know Your Rights One-Pager

Postdoc Handbook (v1.0)

We have created a handbook for postdocs, advisors, and managers to help keep all the references and links you may need in one place. Check out the checklist for new postdocs, links to relevant national policies, and tips for working with your advisor. Find Answers. Discover Resources. Suggestions for v2.0? Let us know UWOPA@uw.edu.

Download the Postdoc Handbook

OPA Blogspot

OPA sends out bi-weekly newsletters to postdocs on a range of relevant topics including but not limited to writing/research productivity, professional development, career exploration, conflict management, mentoring, funding information, campus resources.

Read the OPA Blogspot
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Individual Development Plan

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a written guide to help provide some structure when working through your goals, as well as guide you in letting your professors, mentors, family and friends know how best they can support you in reaching your academic, personal, and professional objectives.

Download the IDP

Contact the OPA

The OPA team is located in Room 302 or 304 in Loew Hall on the Seattle Campus. We can be reached at uwopa@uw.edu or (206) 616-6016.

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