Postdoctoral appointees are an integral part of the research endeavor at Duke University. Recognizing this, Duke established the Office of Postdoctoral Services on January 2, 2006. The Office of Postdoctoral Services is the central resource for postdoctoral appointees on campus, and serves as a liaison between postdocs, faculty, administrators, and staff. By providing a complete menu of services, from orientation seminars to career development programs to exit surveys, the OPS promotes postdoctoral training at Duke and prepares Duke postdocs for successful careers. Duke Postdoctoral Services works side-by-side with the Duke University Postdoctoral Association (DUPA) to address the needs and concerns of postdocs, and to plan and implement career development workshops and seminars. The OPS also partners with the Duke Career Center, the Graduate School, and the Faculty Development Program in the School of Medicine to provide programming relevant to postdocs, grad students, and junior faculty. To subscribe to the Duke postdoc mailing list, send an e-mail to sympa@duke.edu with the message: subscribe postdocs. All members of the Duke community may subscribe to the Duke postdoc list using their duke.edu email addresses.


The Office of Postdoctoral Services provides:

  • Individual career counseling (including resume, CV, cover letter, research/teaching statement critiques, and mock interviews) for Postdoctoral Associates and Postdoctoral Scholars - email Molly Starback, Director, for an appointment.
  • Career development workshops and symposia.
  • Information and referrals to Duke departments and organizations (eg, international office, ombuds, payroll, HR).
  • Career resource library, including the Duke Postdoc Services YouTube Channel of recent workshops.



POSTPONED:2020 Duke Postdoctoral Awards for Professional Development

The Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services, with support from the Vice Provost for Research and the Vice Dean for Basic Sciences, is pleased to announce the 2020 Postdoctoral Awards for Professional Development. These awards are designed to support postdocs' professional development needs by providing reimbursement for activities that directly enhance the individual's professional growth. Such activities include, but are not limited to, conference travel, workshop attendance, and purchase of lab materials.

Applicants with creative ideas for reaching their professional development goals are encouraged to apply. The awards are open to full-time postdocs in all disciplines. Each recipient will receive an award of up to $1000. A limited number of awards will be given in 2020.

The application period has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Awards will be re-announced at a future date.



Subscribe to the Duke Postdoc Mailing List

The Duke Postdoc Services list provides information on upcoming professional and social events, job opportunities, and more. All members of the Duke community may join the mailing list using their Duke email addresses.

To subscribe, email sympa@duke.edu using the subject line: "subscribe postdocs"