Postdoctoral fellows are an integral part of the College of the Environment. Between our academic and research units, and including the Applied Physics Lab, Climate Impact Group and Friday Harbor Labs, there are nearly 100 postdoc fellows.

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

The University of Washington Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is located at located at Loew Hall, room 302, and is directed by Dr. Kelly Edwards, Associate Dean for Student and Postdoctoral Affairs, in the Graduate School.  Postdocs can find campus resources to address career exploration, appointments, mentoring, teaching and research skills, and connect with other postdocs from across campus with similar questions and career development goals.  Postdocs may also sign up for the OPA listserv and the bi-weekly newsletter, and find upcoming events.

Handbook for Postdoc Fellows

The Handbook for Postdoc Fellows (v1.0) was released by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in February 2016 as a campus-wide resource guide for postdocs, advisors, and supervisors. It includes a checklist for new postdocs, links to relevant national policies, tips for working with your advisor, as well as sections on professional development, career exploration, and teaching and learning opportunities.

UW Postdoctoral Association

The UW Postdoctoral Association (UWPA) is run by postdoctoral fellows for postdoctoral fellows.  It is served by an executive committee of 12 postdocs, each serving a one-year term, and elected by their peers. The UWPA serves as an advocate for postdocs at the UW on issues such as parental leave as a postdoc, and professional development and career exploration. In addition, the UWPA works to provide programming such as an annual research symposium, monthly happy hours, social outings and intramural sports teams.

National Postdoctoral Association

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a member-driven, non-profit organization (501(c)3 status) that provides a voice for postdoctoral fellows. NPW’s agenda looks to enhance the quality of the national postdoctoral experience and provide a leadership role in addressing issues that confront the postdoctoral community.

Other UW Resources for postdocs

For more information or to join the UW Environment postdoc listserv, contact Anthony Salazar ( in the Office of the Dean at the UW College of the Environment.