Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Welcome to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) at East Carolina University. The OPA was established in 2008 within the graduate school to ensure successful training and work experiences for postdoctoral scholars by providing a supportive working environment. In October 2013, the office was moved to the Division of Research and Graduate Studies and the position of Director was established. Postdoctoral scholars are a growing population at ECU, and we are committed to support the career development of these important members of our community.




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Postdoctoral Poster Sessions will be held from 2:00-4:00 pm on Monday, March 26th, 2018!

Science Crossroads

Write Winning Grants
Three ECU Postdoctoral Scholars have been accepted to attend this seminar!

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The 2018 Research and Creative Achievement Week abstract submissions are now open! Postdoctoral Scholars are encouraged to participate in this yearly celebration of ECU's research and creative work by presenting their research efforts and serving as judges for undergraduate and graduate student presentations.


Holly Hapke

George Fromm
There will also be a Meet and Greet "Cookies and Coffee with George Fromm" in LSB 204, Wednesday, Nov. 1st from 6:45 to 7:30 pm

Postdoctoral Scholar Celebration Event 2017
Monday, September 18th - Wednesday, September 20th


Postdoctoral Scholar 3 Minute Research Slides

NPAW 2017

ECU will again be having events in recognition of the 2017 National Postdoctoral Scholar Appreciation Week (NPAW).  

On Monday, September 18th, postdoctoral scholars have been invited to a meet-and-greet luncheon with Dr. Jay Golden, ECU Vice Chancellor for Research, Economic Development & Engagement (12-1:30 pm in 1511 Greenville Centre).   This is an opportunity for Dr. Golden to learn about postdoc research activities and to discuss his vision for ECU.  Six postdoctoral scholars will be giving 3 minute research presentations.  

On Tuesday, September 19th, we have invited Dr. Phil Clifford back to campus.  He is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at University of Illinois at Chicago, an outspoken advocate of career and professional development for PhD scientists and coauthor of myIDP.   

1 pm “Getting Started on the Right Foot” in Brody 2W-38/40A

Dr. Clifford will be presenting a session targeted toward faculty who mentor postdocs and graduate students which will focus on mentor/mentee communication.  The interactive workshop will use case studies from mentor training sessions conducted at the University of Illinois and with the National Research Mentoring Network. 

3 pm  “Putting your PhD Degree to Work: Planning for a Successful Career in Science” in Brody 2W-38/40A

Postdoctoral scholars will attend a hands-on workshop, where they will complete a first draft of their IDP, which are now required for postdoctoral scholars by the NIH and other sponsors, the National Postdoctoral Association and by the ECU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.   

5 pm ECU Postdoc Appreciation Event. 

ECU postdoctoral scholar research accomplishments for the past year will be highlighted and a dinner buffer will be provided for scholars, their families, mentors and honored guests.