UW Graduate School

Postdoctoral Affairs


Due to concerns around novel coronavirus and in accordance with guidance from public health officials, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will not be scheduling any in-person meetings with postdocs until further notice.

Staff Contact Information (Online and Phone Appointments Only)

  • Staff can generally be reached Monday – Friday (8 am – 5 pm)
  • Send general questions to uwopa@uw.edu
  • William Mahoney, PhD, Associate Dean of Student & Postdoc Affairs
  • Ziyan Bai, PhC, Graduate Staff Assistant


We are all responding to COVID-19 and managing our life, both inside and outside of academia, to the best of our ability. Each day is different, bringing new challenges and opportunities to help others. In an effort to provide the most up-to-date information to our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (and understanding that the situation is evolving on daily, if not hourly basis), please see the following links to campus resources and informational guides:

1. Operational Guidance in Response to COVID-19 for Graduate Students and Postdocs, from the Core Programs and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). This message was sent to all graduate students and postdocs on March 20, 2020. 

2. The University of Washington maintains a central FAQ and resources on Novel coronavirus & COVID-19

3. Messages from UW to the larger community related to COVID-19 are posted centrally

4. The Office of Research posts and regularly updates guidance, Mitigating Impacts to Research Activities due to COVID-19, a page highlighting guidance and resources for researchers, as well as a set of FAQs for Research During the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Time Period.

5. Advice from the Center for Teaching and Learning on teaching during the coronavirus outbreak

6. Updates and resources from UW Libraries.

We encourage you to continue to practice physical distancing, while doing your best to stay socially connected to your community and to look after each other. Together, we will weather this storm.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Team

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

We are currently in the process of updating the Know Your Rights One-Pager. Meanwhile, please refer to UAW Postdoctoral Scholar Contract.

Postdoc Handbook (v2.0)

We have created a handbook for postdocs, advisors, and managers to help keep all the references and links you may need in one place. The handbook highlights a checklist for new postdocs, links to relevant national policies, and tips for working with your advisor.

We are currently updating the postdoc handbook v2.0. Suggestions? Let us know UWOPA@uw.edu.

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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