Postdoc advisor resources

The University of Nevada Reno is committed to the welfare and professional development of postdoctoral scholars and has resources universally available to serve postdocs during their time on campus.

The Postdoctoral Affairs Office at the University of Nevada, Reno serves postdoctoral scholars and their faculty mentors by enhancing the postdoctoral experience and cultivating professional development opportunities. Further, the office provides annual evidence-based mentor training available to both faculty mentors and postdoc mentees and ongoing support. The University is a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), so all postdocs and graduate students are eligible for free affiliate memberships that include access to funding, mentoring and professional development resources on the NPA website.

Postdoctoral scholars on campus have access to professional development workshops led by faculty and campus leadership on topics ranging from grant-writing and applying for academic, industry or other career positions. The Postdoctoral Affairs Office offers professional development workshops specifically for postdoctoral scholars on topics like diversity, time management and dataset management. Further career and personal support is offered from the VPRI office, Career Services, University Libraries, the Writing Center and Counseling Services.

Overall, the postdoctoral community at University of Nevada, Reno is growing and vibrant, with well developed opportunities for professional development growth in areas of academics, teaching, industry and business. The community has opportunity to meet regularly and several groups of postdocs have organized weekly lunches to support their individual career progression needs.

Mentoring plans

Mentoring plans for postdocs are now required as part of many grant applications, including NIH and NSF.

Review a sample mentoring plan

External resources on developing mentoring plans

  • Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) statement on mentoring plans and sample plans
  • Mentoring plan resources from the National Postdoctoral Association

Hiring postdocs

The University's Human Resources department provides detailed compensation information.

  • Minimum salary for postdocs at the University is $3400/month, at 100 percent FTE ($47,476/year). The fringe benefits rate for postdocs is 27 percent, making it a total (minimum) of $60,294.52/year. 
  • You may also choose to follow NIH guidelines for postdoc salaries.
  • It is also encouraged to include professional development support (such as funds for travel) and yearly raises for your postdoc in your grant budget.

Detailed information may be found on the  University's HR page and the  University's sponsored projects page