From exploring various academic and industry options to enhancing your marketability with valuable skills in communication, ethics and teaching, we offer a heavy focus on essential career and professional development while you are here.
Postdoctoral fellows enrich the robust research enterprise at the University of Michigan Medical School. We place a high value on your deep expertise and the contributions you will make while you train with us.
The Office of Postdoctoral Studies serves postdoctoral fellows within the Medical School. Our focus is to connect you with the abundant resources at your disposal to become a successful, independent research professional. We also coordinate with the U-M Postdoctoral Association to serve as a voice for postdoctoral fellows on campus as well as in university and nation-wide policy discussions.
If you are a prospective postdoctoral fellow, find more information here.
New Postdoc Orientation
New Postdoc Orientation is held the first Wednesday of each month from 8:30 – 10:00am in the East Conference Room on the 4th floor of the Rackham Graduate School building, 915 E. Washington Street. Coffee and bagels are served beginning at 8:30am, with the formal presentation starting at 8:45am. Please RSVP for the session that best fits your schedule.
At orientation, you will gain valuable information specific to postdoctoral fellows including learning objectives, benefits and payroll, how to get the training you need, how to navigate Ann Arbor, and different ways to get involved in the postdoc community. The U-M Postdoctoral Association also gives a short presentation on how they can help you get the most out of your time here at Michigan.
Prior to Orientation, please review the Postdoc Handbook.
Navigating Your Training
Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Career & Professional Development has events, resources, and one-on-one advising to assist postdocs with their career navigation and development.
Versatile Ph.D. is a resource dedicated to helping you identify and prepare for possible non-academic careers. U-M is subscribed.
Mentoring Plans for Postdoctoral Scholars from the National Postdoctoral Association.
Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty
Pathways to Science for Postdocs to search positions, sign up for information on funding and programs, and join webinars.
Counseling and Support
Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office (FASCO) is a University of Michigan program that offers a number of services designed to help staff, faculty, and their immediate family members with personal difficulties encountered at both work and home.
Postdoctoral Ombuds for Dispute Resolution is a confidential, impartial, informal, and independent resource for dispute management that servies postdoctoral fellows at the University of Michigan. Contact Darlene Ray-Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-936-1647.
U-M Medical School Dispute Resolution Officer oversees the mediation of disputes or disagreements regarding equity and fair treatment that may have an impact on evaluation or research activities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at the Medical School. The officer is impartial and conversations are confidential. Contact Mary O’Riordan, Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at email@example.com or 734-763-3531.
Employment and Benefits
The University of Michigan extends benefits to all postdoctoral research fellows. These benefits may include: paid or unpaid periods of excused absence, adherence to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), access to on-site child care, child care information resources, and access to dependent coverage for health insurance.
University Policies (SPGs) set expectations for individual and organizational behavior for employeers and departments, and apply to the entire institution. Take time to discover what policies are relevant to your role by reviewing the Postdoctoral Research Fellow Standard Practice Guide.
Our campus postdoctoral partners include:
Michele Swanson, PhD
Director of Postdoctoral Studies
Aaron Reifler, PhD