Postdoctoral Affairs

Welcome to the Office of Postdoctoral AffairsPostdoctoral student and faculty member

Our mission is to enhance the experience and training of postdoctoral fellows by providing postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and administrators information on institutional policies, career development opportunities, and issues relevant to postdoctoral training.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs operates within the Graduate School, under the supervision of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. David Zeh. We develop, oversee, and manage policies relevant to postdoctoral fellows, and serve as a platform to address issues relevant to postdoctoral fellows.

Check out our calendar for postdoc events on our campus. 

Please note: All postdocs are required to complete an IDP and meet with their advisors within the first three months after arriving at the University.

Individual Development Plan for postdocs

Postdoc News

Updated 10/2018
  • Travel/Professional Development award forms are now open and available on a rolling review process.
  • Thank you for your nominations for the 2018 Postdoctoral Award for Exceptional Mentoring - honorees were celebrated at UNR's "Honor the Best" ceremony. 2019 nominees will be open soon: see the full award details.

What is a postdoc?

According to University policy, a postdoc "is a temporary advanced scholarly appointment of at least 50%. It is a specialized education and training position in research or scholarship under the direction of a faculty sponsor(s) for the postdoctoral fellow's continuing education and professional growth."

  • Individuals cannot hold the title of postdoctoral fellow for more than 5 years in the University.
  • The appointment is for at least 50% FTE. Postdocs are hired under 12-month contracts.
  • Postdocs may apply for any grant, contract, or postdoctoral training grants or nationally competitive postdoctoral fellowships permitted under guidelines of the university research office.

For more information, please refer to the  University administrative manual.

What resources are available for postdocs?

Postdocs can benefit from a number of resources available at the University of Nevada, Reno.

  • Benefits - As a postdoc at the University of Nevada, Reno you are entitled to several employee benefits, including health insurance and retirement.
  • Funding opportunities - Learn more about fellowships, grants, stipends, and travel awards.
  • Free National Postdoctoral Association membership - The University is a sustaining member of the NPA. As a result, postdocs can become affiliate members free of cost.
  • Postdoc career and professional development resources - Several opportunities to enhance postdoctoral training and career are available to University postdocs, both on and off campus.
  • Individual Development Plan (IDP) - Resources on how to complete and submit your IDP. All postdocs are required to complete an IDP and meet with their advisors within the first three months after arriving at the University.
  • Campus resources - Additional resources useful to postdocs such as a campus map, parking information, laboratory training information and more.

International postdocsInternational postdoctoral researcher

The Office of International Students & Scholars provides valuable resources for international scholars. The University is also a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), which provides many useful resources for postdocs.


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Faculty resources

Faculty resources for assisting postdoctoral trainees, such as:

Read a recent survey of the postdoctoral experience at the University of Nevada, Reno.

University jobs

Postdoctoral positions are available across multiple departments in the University. View current job openings for postdoc positions.

Contact Us

Contact Rachel Zarndt, Ph.D. (Mail Stop 0326)

Director, Postdoctoral Affairs & Graduate Recruitment

1664 N. Virginia Street

Reno, NV 89557

Phone (775) 682-8005

Fax (775) 784-6064

Fitzgerald Student Services Building