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Getting Started as a Postdoc

Welcome to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill!

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs hosts an orientation quarterly to help familiarize new postdocs with the programs and services available to them. New postdocs are required to attend a mandatory orientation within the first ninety days of their start date (see below). Here are some helpful tips and resources to get you started in the right direction. To assist in your search for housing in the Chapel Hill area, please refer to this list of housing resources. For details regarding policies and health insurance, please visit the Policies & Benefits section of our website.

Upon Your Arrival

First, contact your department’s HR Facilitator (sometimes the department Office Manager) to complete the necessary paperwork including payroll and health insurance forms. If you are not sure who your HR Facilitator is, you can visit your department’s website, ask your PI, or contact opahr@unc.edu.

International fellows are required to check-in with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services here on campus. Every international student and scholar joining UNC-Chapel Hill is required to check-in before classes or employment begins. In order to complete a “check-in” a scholar should bring with them the following documents: passport, visa document (I-20 or DS-2019), and I-94 (Admission/Departure card). At this time, a scholar will be asked to fill out the PR-100 (Information Form), and copies of their documents will be made. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) staff can assist scholars with any questions or concerns that they might have at this time. For more information visit the ISSS website or call (919) 962-4282.

New Postdoc Orientation

New Postdoc Orientation takes place virtually every two months. In the two-hour session, postdocs will be introduced to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Campus Resources, Postdoctoral Policies, Compensation & Benefits, Postdoc Medical Insurance Plan, Campus Health Services, and more.

Orientations will take place on the following dates in 2023:

  • August 2nd
  • October 4th

To register and receive the zoom link for an upcoming orientation session, click here.

Join the UNC Postdoc listserv!

To receive campus-wide announcements about events, news, and information relevant to the postdoctoral community send a request to opa@unc.edu with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to join the UNC Postdoc listserv.

Finding Housing

The UNC Postdoctoral Association conducted a Housing Survey of UNC postdocs in Fall 2022. Based on 189 responses, 49% of respondents lived in Chapel Hill, 21% in Durham, and 19% in Carrboro. 66% of respondents are living in apartment complexes; a map showing each apartment complex listed in the survey can be found here, along with information about utilities and rent prices. The majority of respondents reported that they spent between $1000-1500 in monthly rent. More information can be found here.

Graphic: two pie charts. First pie chart: Chapel Hill 49%, Carrboro 19%, Durham 21%, Raleigh 2%, Other 9%. Second pie chart: Apartment 66%, House 34%, Condo 0.5%.