Postdoctoral Fellows


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.

Resources


Career Development

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.

National Postdoctoral Association

Minority Postdoc

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
Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience (formerly EAP) is a confidential, no cost service for UMHS faculty, staff, and their families. They offer a wide range of services to assist with health, relationships, work, and more.

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.

Dispute Resolution
Dispute Resolution Policy

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 rayj@umich.edu 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 oriordan@umich.edu 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.

Academic Human Resources offers the most comprehensive overview of postdoctoral benefits. See also the University of Michigan Benefits Office and Tax Information.

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:


Rackham Graduate School  
for all UM postdoctoral fellows

International Center 
for international postdoctoral fellows

UMPDA
represents the interests of postdoctoral fellows

Contact Us


Michele Swanson, PhD

Michele Swanson, PhD

Director of Postdoctoral Studies

Please send general inquiries to postdocoffice@med.umich.edu
Aaron Reifler, PhD

Aaron Reifler, PhD

Postdoc Coordinator