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.



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. 

April 7th, 2017 - RCAW Awards Luncheon

Congratulations to Maria Torres for winning the Postdoctoral award at the 2017 ECU Research and Creative Achievement Week

Maria Torres at 2017 RCAW with KV

April 5th and 6th, 2017 - Increase Your Writing Productivity

The College of Nursing has invited postdoctoral scholars to benefit from an ECU visit from two academic writing experts.  Kimberly A. Skarupski, Ph.D., M.P.H. is the Assistant Dean for Faculty Development in the Office of Faculty Development. Prior to joining Hopkins in April of 2013, she served for 7 years as the program director for the Rush Research & Teaching Mentoring Programs in the Office of Academic Affairs at Rush University Medical Center.  Dr. Skarupski was here last year and was an excellent speaker.  Dr. Paul Sylvia, is a Professor at UNC Greensboro, and author of “How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing”.  Books will be distributed at the luncheon presentation on April 6th.
Wed April 5th        College of Nursing (Room numbers TBA)                      
3:00- 3:45             Postdoctoral scholars meet with Dr. Kim Skarupski and Dr. Paul Sylvia
4:00-5:00            Presentation: “The Art of Graceful Self-Promotion”
Thurs April 6th      Eastern AHEC Conference room D (2600 W. Arlington Blvd)                        
11:30-1:00           Siegfried Lowin Scholar Lunch and Presentation:  “Writing Accountability Groups (WAGs): Establishing Sustainable Writing Habits”

April 3rd - 7th, 2017 - 11th Annual Research and Creative Achievement Week

ECU Research and Creative Achievement Week provides students with an excellent opportunity to practice their presentation skills and meet other creative scholars at ECU with similar interests.

Undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral scholars (you must be a current East Carolina University student or postdoctoral scholar to submit an abstract) are invited to present their research to fellow students, colleagues, faculty, and the local community in a professional, conference-style setting.  We define research as an original systematic investigation and/or original creative activity designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge or culture. This event will be held in Mendenhall.

Wednesday March 1st, 2017 - Career Development Seminar for Trainees

Dr. Tammy R.L. Collins, Ph.D. will be presenting a career development seminar titled "Articulating your accomplishments: Tips for building a high-impact job application" in Brody room 2E-100 from 11-12 noon. 

February 24th, 2017 - Career Path Writing Solutions

Dr. Heidi Guisto  ( ) will be presenting a workshop on Friday, Feb 24, 2017 from 10:30am-3:00pm.  It will include an initial 2hr session on Resumes/Cover Letters, followed by a 30 minute catered lunch break, and a final 2hr session on preparing optimal LinkedIn profiles and using LinkedIn to effectively network and job search.  This is a hands-on Workshop, with significant one-on-one time.  Dr. Guisto will provide course materials including workbooks, handouts, and sample documents.  She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), a Certified Advanced Resume Writer, a Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP), a Certified Empowerment and Motivational Coach (CEMC), a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches, and a Career Thought Leaders Associate.

This workshop will promote the development of written communication skills, self-assessment of skills and attributes, and the preparation of improved resumes and LinkedIn profiles.

Link to RSVP:

Heidi Giusto


Increase Your Writing Productivity Siegfried Lowin Scholar Luncheon

Thursday, April 6th, 2017


11th Annual Research and Creative Activities Week

April 3rd - 7th, 2017

Mendenhall Student Center


Career Development Seminar for Trainees

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Brody Room 2E-100

11-12 noon

Featured Speaker: Tammy R.L. Collins, Ph.D.


Career Path Writing Solutions

February 24th, 2017

Please use the link to RSVP.

Research at the FBI Laboratory

February 3rd, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Gene Peters, Chief, Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research
FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia