About OPA

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Mission

The vision of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is to foster success among postdoctoral scholars today that will enhance their professional endeavors tomorrow. Our mission is to enhance, support, and promote postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and help to prepare postdoctoral scholars for successful research careers. OPA serves postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and human resources professionals in all disciplines, schools, and colleges across the University.

Goals

  • To advocate for postdoctoral scholars and the greater postdoctoral scholar community
  • To educate postdoctoral scholars and the campus community about University policies, postdoctoral rights, and other concerns related to postdoctoral scholars
  • To build effective career management skills and develop the professional skills postdoctoral scholars need both in and outside the lab
  • To support faculty mentors in the recruitment, mentoring, and professional development of productive postdoctoral scholars
  • To collaborate with campus services to address the issues, concerns, and needs that are unique to the postdoctoral scholar population

Services for Postdocs

  • New Postdoc Orientation
  • Confidential crisis intervention and advising
  • Consultations on mentoring relationships, postdoc rights, and policy issues
  • Individual career counseling sessions
  • Career and professional development seminars and symposia
  • Postdoc E-newsletter and listserv

Services for Mentors

  • Faculty E-newsletter and listserv
  • Individual and department consultations on mentoring relationships, discontinuations and other policy issues
  • Assist faculty in recruiting postdocs by meeting with candidates during campus visits
  • Workshops on mentoring and managing postdoctoral scholars

Sample Seminars and Symposia

  • Legal Seminar for International Postdocs
  • Research Ethics Training Course
  • Professional Etiquette Luncheon
  • Research Portfolios for the Academic Job Market
  • Career Options for Scientists
  • Developing an Independent Research Program
  • Non-Academic Career Paths: A Webinar Series
  • Grant Writing Careers webinar

genperson1In addition to services and programs listed above, OPA supports the UNC Postdoc Association and co- sponsors social activities for postdocs.  OPA also offers the Postdoctoral Awards for Research Excellence to recognize achievements as a postdoc at UNC. These awards, which carry stipend of $1000, support professional development endeavors, such as travel to meetings, courses, and materials.