Washington University is recognized as one of the leading research institutions in the world. The School of Medicine conducts internationally renowned research in many areas and has a rich tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration and a strong link between basic science and clinical medicine. Washington University is committed to excellence in research and education, and recognizes that postdoctoral appointees 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 appointments are temporary training positions designed to enhance scientific, professional and other skills.
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs was established in November 2002 and provides support for postdoctoral appointees. In July 2004, Washington University passed a Postdoctoral Education Policy, which defined and structured postdoctoral appointments, creating postdoc specific titles and limiting postdoctoral training to five years, including time spent at other institutions. This policy also created a generous benefit package for postdoctoral appointees that includes postdocs of both employee and non-employee status. For more information, please visit the Policies & Benefits page.
Postdoctoral training is the opportunity for you to enhance your skills and prepare yourself for your career, whatever type of career that may be. Therefore, you should think carefully about what you want to accomplish in your postdoctoral training and what your career goals are before accepting a position. Please visit the "Finding a WU Postdoctoral Position" page to search current openings and faculty research interests.