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Postdoctoral Affairs

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Drexel University serves as a resource for prospective and current postdocs.

What is a postdoc?

A postdoctoral appointment at Drexel University:

  • Is a temporary training position (generally 5 years or less)
  • Involves substantial full-time research or scholarship
  • Prepares the trainee for a full-time career
  • Is not part of a clinical training program
  • Is performed under the supervision of one or more senior scholars or a department
  • Allows and encourages the postdoc to publish the results of his/her research or scholarship

What can the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs help me with?

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Drexel University will:

  • Connect you with faculty, professional staff, and the Drexel Postdoctoral Association (DPA)
  • Assist you in navigating campus resources, policies and procedures
  • Provide opportunities for continued training and professional development
  • Offer career guidance and support for next steps

National Postdoctoral Association

Drexel University is a Sustaining Member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). Therefore, our postdocs receive free Affiliate Membership. By becoming a member, you will get opportunities to network with individuals in the postdoc community and gain access to members-only resources, such as the NPA Institutional Policy Database, and myPostdoc Monthly, a webinar offering support to postdocs. To learn more about NPA free resources, events and opportunities, please visit the National Postdoctoral Association's website.

National Postdoc Appreciation Week

Every year, the National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week (NPAW) is held in the last week of September to thank postdocs and celebrate their contributions. Along with other institutions around the country, Drexel Celebrates its postdoctoral researchers with a series of fun and informative events.

Read more about NPAW on the NPA website and download Drexel's NPAW 2022 event flyer.

Meet the Drexel Postdoctoral Association (DPA)

The Drexel Postdoctoral Association (DPA) aims to support postdocs during their journey at Drexel in a professional and social capacity. The DPA works with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to build stronger relations and advocate for postdocs in order to enact constructive changes and improve the training experience by engaging with Drexel administration and faculty.

Through the DPA, you can:

  • Connect with peers
  • Find information and resources
  • Gain leadership experience by joining a committee or even joining the executive board - Doc Upload

For more information, please contact Natalie Chernets, PhD, director of Postdoctoral Affairs and Professional Development at ns485@drexel.edu.

View the profiles of current DPA leadership.

More Resources for Postdocs

News & Announcements

September 19-23, 2022: Join the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) in celebrating the 13th annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) and the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to research and discovery at Drexel with events September 19-23, 2022. The theme of this year's NPAW is postdoc mental health and wellness. Click on the NPAW website for a complete list of virtual and in-person events, as well as our website for a list of Drexel-specific events.

Fall 2022The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) is pleased to offer a FREE series of webinars and small group discussions to help you develop the confidence and resilience you need to navigate challenging situations in school, work, and life. Trainees who attend or view all the webinars and participate in four of the five small-group discussions will receive a certificate of completion. The first webinar is September 8th  3-5 p.m. ET followed by the first small group discussion on September 15 3-4 pm. ET. Sign-ups close on September 12. Recordings are also available to view in lieu of live participation.

July 2022: The Cotswold Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship is now accepting applications for the 2023 cohort. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 10, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. EDT. Two awards will be given this year. Proposals should be submitted electronically through the Drexel University Funding Portal. 

The Cotswold Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship is intended to foster the career development of postdoctoral researchers at Drexel University who are pursuing a career in academic research and are seeking long-term employment at a U.S. educational and/or research institution. The fellowship will provide $50,000  for one year, and Cotswold Post-Doctoral Fellows will also augment instruction at Drexel University by providing additional teaching resources in a key scientific, engineering, or clinical field.

Eligibility:

• Postdocs in formal, physical, life, and applied sciences are eligible to apply.

• Foreign nationals in postdoctoral roles at Drexel are encouraged to apply.

• The applicant should have completed at least two full years of postdoctoral fellowship (either at Drexel or prior to joining Drexel) at the time of the application deadline (Monday, October 10, 2022).

• Applicants must have completed one or more of the following degrees or their equivalent: MD, Ph.D., MD/Ph.D., DDS, DVM within the last five years.

• The fellowship will start on Sunday, January 1, 2023, and end on Sunday, December 31, 2023.

• Cotswold Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellows will submit two progress reports due on Friday, June 30, 2023, and Monday, January 15, 2024. 

February 2022: The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) would like to congratulate 2022 Cotswold Foundation Postdoctoral Fellows:

Dr. Stephanie Matt
Pharmacology and Physiology
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
Project: "Epigenetic regulation of dopamine induced by substance abuse and HIV-associated neuroinflammation"

Dr. Josiah Kephart
Urban Health Collaborative
Dornsife School of Public Health
Project: "The impacts of climate-related extreme flood events on health and health disparities in Latin American cities"

Dr. Emanuela Piermarini
Neurobiology and Anatomy
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
Project: "Gene therapy approach for SPG4-based Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia"

Dr. Hua Zhang
Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering
Project: "High Efficiency Medium Voltage Power Conversion Technology Leveraging the Next Generation Wide Bandgap Semiconductors for Grid Integration"

Read the press release

July 2021: The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) would like to congratulate 2021 Cotswold Foundation Postdoctoral Fellows:

Pricila Mullachery, PhD, MPH (Mentor: Usama Bilal, PhD, MPH, MD)
Urban Health Collaborative
Dornsife School of Public Health
Project: "The relationship between state-level Medicaid policies and access to treatment for substance use disorders”

Karolina Bryl, PhD, R-DMT/DMP, CMA, RMST/E (Mentor: Joke Bradt, PhD)
Creative Arts Therapies
College of Nursing and Health Professions
Project: " COVID-19, social isolation, and schizophrenia: A mixed methods feasibility study on the effects of telehealth dance/movement therapy to promote activation in chronic schizophrenia"

Also, the OPA would like to congratulate 2020 Cotswold Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Xuehang Wang, PhD, for starting the position of Assistant Professor at Technische Universiteit Delft in the Netherlands!

2021: The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs facilitated seven Postdoc Academy Learning Sessions for Drexel Postdocs based on the course "Succeeding as a Postdoc" by the Postdoc Academy. The Postdoc Academy is a digital professional development program designed specifically for postdocs.

2021: The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs launched the "Postdoc Society," a Microsoft Team to foster a community of Postdocs at Drexel University. The Postdoc Society is a community-wide discussion board with the sole purpose of creating a space for Drexel postdocs to communicate and connect with other postdocs. During these times of turbulence—where physical, face-to-face meetings are rare, we believe that an informal, online hub will remind those developing their research in solitude of the many active members that make up Drexel's postdoc community.

September 2020: The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs spearheaded the first Virtual National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) and established the first virtual NPAW steering committee in collaboration with National Postdoc Association. Drexel University hosted three virtual events for the postdoctoral community: "Green Card for Scientific Researchers" by Brian Getson, US Immigration Lawyer, "Health Insurance 101 for Postdocs" by Steve Johnson, Area Vice President, Student and Scholar Services at Gallagher, "Planning for Financial Success by Vivel Sharma, CFA, CIPM, PhD. The events were open to Drexel Postdocs and postdocs at other institutions and drew over 350 participants across the three events. Additionally, Drexel Postdocs were invited to engage in over 35 virtual events hosted during NPAW.

8/26/2020: Natalie Chernets Selected to Serve on GREAT Postdoctorate Leaders Section Steering Committee

July 2020: The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs would like to congratulate the 2020 Cotswold Foundation Postdoctoral Fellows!

The Cotswold Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship is intended to foster the career development of Drexel University postdoctoral researchers who are pursuing a career in academic research and are seeking long-term employment at a U.S. educational and/or research institution. The fellowship will provide $50,000 for one year and Cotswold postdoctoral fellows will also augment instruction at Drexel University by providing additional teaching resources in a key scientific, engineering or clinical field.

Dr. Ipsita Mohanty
Mentor: Dr. Patrick Osei-Owusu
Pharmacology and Physiology, Drexel University College of Medicine
Project: Role of AT1R-integrin signaling in hypertension and chronic kidney disease development in elastin insufficiency

Dr. Paakhi Srivastava
Mentor: Dr. Adrienne Juarascio
Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science or WELL Center, College of Arts and Sciences
Project: The BODY+ Study: Using Just-in-time, Adaptive Interventions (JITAI) to Address Body Dissatisfaction in Bulimia Nervosa

Dr. Xuehang Wang
Mentor: Dr. Yury Gogotsi
Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
Project: Electrochemical energy storage in 2D materials

Dr. Victor Rovira Zambrana
Mentor: Dr. Megan Detloff
Neurobiology and Anatomy, Drexel University College of Medicine
Project: Involvement of Dorsal Rot Ganglia nociceptors phenotypic switch in the development of neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury

1/22/2020: DPA and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs receive 2019 Elsevier Award

Group of postdocs in front of fountain

Members of the Drexel Postdoctoral Association (DPA) and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at the "Mentors in Motion" event during National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) September 2019.