Welcome to Columbia University’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). Our Office was established in 2006 and with a mission to holistically support and assist Columbia University Postdoctoral Research Scientists, Scholars, and Fellows in their professional training and development; to offer in depth guidance and resources to the Columbia University community on matters pertaining to postdoctoral affairs.
We carry out our mission through:
- Designing, organizing, and providing professional and career development programming and resources for Postdocs across the University
- Counseling Postdocs with respect to mentors, housing, job opportunities, funding opportunities, University policies and practices, and life in NYC
- Facilitating new Postdoc orientations and social/networking events
- Undertaking initiatives to increase visibility of Postdocs and to assist in community building among Postdocs
- Serving as an information repository and liaison among Postdocs, faculty, administrators, and external constituencies
- Offering expert guidance and resources to the University community on the administrative management of postdocs
- Advocating for resources and policies that enhance Postdoctoral training and promote a supportive and inclusive training environment at the University
We hope to be both a starting point for identifying resources available to you as well as a resource during your Postdoctoral training so that your time at Columbia is as rewarding and productive as possible. Therefore, we encourage you to explore and utilize this website and contact our office if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming OPA events.
Highlighted Fall 2016 Events:
The following information pertains to abstract submitters and poster presenters for the 2016 Columbia University Postdoc Research Symposium taking place from 12:30-7:00 PM on Friday, October 14, 2016. All postdocs (except postdoctoral residency fellows) are eligible to submit an abstract. Associate Research Scientists/Scholars may submit an abstract if they conducted the majority of the research submitted in the abstract while holding a postdoctoral appointment at Columbia University. Notification of abstract acceptance will occur on a rolling basis beginning in late August. All accepted abstracts will be published in the symposium event book which will be distributed electronically in early October to all individuals that have RSVP'd for the symposium. Please note that abstracts used for prior conferences may be submitted for presentation and posters presented at prior conferences may be presented at the Postdoc Symposium. Poster display boards will accommodate posters as wide as 6 feet and as tall as 4 feet. After submitting, if you wish to withdraw your abstract, please do so no later than October 4th by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Postdocs interested in presenting a poster at the symposium (several $500 poster awards to be given out) must submit an abstract by September 30th through the following link: http://tinyurl.com/
Individual Development Plan (IDP) Program
The annual IDP program at Columbia University has been designed for PhD students in the third and fourth year of training and postdoctoral researchers in the first two years of training. However, trainees outside of these time periods in their training are more than welcome to participate in the program. The IDP program is mainly applicable to trainees in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) fields. NIH funded trainees should be aware that the NIH now requires PIs to report on whether their mentored PhD students and postdocs have developed an IDP as well as information about any University programs they have participated in to help them develop an IDP. Participating in the Columbia University IDP program will meet this NIH requirement. For more information about the Columbia University IDP program, including registration details, please visit: https://www2.gsas.columbia.
For more information about the Fall 2016 OPA programming, click here for the Fall Programming Guide.
For more information on the programs and events that OPA has run over the past year, please visit our Career Development page.