Office of Postdoctoral Affairs  


Washington University in St. Louis is committed to excellence in research and education, and recognizes that postdoctoral researchers make a critical contribution to the University's overall research mission through the generation of new ideas, sharing of research knowledge, and the publication of research results. Washington University also recognizes that postdoctoral training positions are temporary training positions designed to enhance scientific, professional and other skills.  The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) provides support and resources for postdoctoral researchers, as well as faculty and administration, and advocates for postdoctoral issues.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact OPA at




Message to Postdoc Community Regarding Immigration Order


Dear Washington University Postdocs,

In light of the new federal executive order on immigration, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) and the WashU Postdoc Society (WUPS) would like to express support for the postdoc community and especially our international scholars. We are proud to be part of a diverse community of researchers that draws the best scientific talent from around the globe.

If you are impacted by this immigration policy and would like to reach out to other postdocs, please contact the WashU Postdoc Society at This group aims to foster community and advocate for all postdocs at Washington University. You can make an appointment to meet with someone in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs by emailing Additionally, you can connect with other postdocs at WUPS and OPA events, which are listed in the Postdoc Update e-newsletter, OPA calendar, OPA Facebook page (@OPA.WUSTL), and OPA Twitter (@WUSTLPostdoc).

For international postdocs, the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is available to assist you with all immigration and visa matters. Scholars from countries specified in the executive order should consult with OISS before traveling outside the United States.

Please be aware that the postdoc benefits package includes Work-Life Solutions, a free, confidential professional service for short-term counseling and legal guidance. Find login information and more details on the WU benefits website.

In addition to the resources available within WashU, there are several ways to become involved and engaged with the broader scientific community and its response to the executive order. Chancellor Mark Wrighton and Dean David Perlmutter are encouraging individuals to express their views on the immigration policy by contacting elected officials. A petition signed by many Nobel Laureates, MacArthur scholars, National Academy members, and promoted by AAAS and Nature can be found here: OPA and WUPS also encourage U.S. citizens to express solidarity with their international colleagues by making their voices heard in this national conversation.  

Associate Dean John Russell
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
WashU Postdoc Society


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