Welcome to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) at East Carolina University. The OPA
was established in 2008 within the graduate school to ensure successful
training and work experiences for postdoctoral scholars by providing a
supportive working environment. In October 2013, the office was moved to
the Division of Research and Graduate Studies and the position of
Director was established. Postdoctoral scholars are a growing population
at ECU, and we are committed to support the career development of these
important members of our community.
ECU will again be having events in recognition of the 2017 National Postdoctoral Scholar Appreciation Week (NPAW).
On Monday, September 18th, postdoctoral scholars have been invited to a meet-and-greet luncheon with Dr. Jay Golden, ECU Vice Chancellor for Research, Economic Development & Engagement (12-1:30 pm in 1511 Greenville Centre).
This is an opportunity for Dr. Golden to learn about postdoc research
activities and to discuss his vision for ECU. Six postdoctoral scholars
will be giving 3 minute research presentations.
On Tuesday, September 19th, we have invited Dr. Phil Clifford
back to campus. He is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at
University of Illinois at Chicago, an outspoken advocate of career and
professional development for PhD scientists and coauthor of myIDP.
1 pm “Getting Started on the Right Foot” in Brody 2W-38/40A
Dr. Clifford will be presenting a session targeted toward faculty who mentor postdocs and graduate
students which will focus on mentor/mentee communication. The
interactive workshop will use case studies from mentor training sessions
conducted at the University of Illinois and with the National Research
3 pm “Putting your PhD Degree to Work: Planning for a Successful Career in Science” in Brody 2W-38/40A
scholars will attend a hands-on workshop, where they will complete a
first draft of their IDP, which are now required for postdoctoral
scholars by the NIH and other sponsors, the National Postdoctoral
Association and by the ECU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.
5 pm ECU Postdoc Appreciation Event.
postdoctoral scholar research accomplishments for the past year will be
highlighted and a dinner buffer will be provided for scholars, their
families, mentors and honored guests.