Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Welcome to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. What is a Postdoc? According to the National Postdoctoral Association, "A postdoctoral scholar ("postdoc") is an individual holding a doctoral degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of his or her choosing." There are around 79,000 postdocs involved in research in the United States, with the number expected to steady increase. This increase is due to postdoc positions having become the de facto next career step in many disciplines following the receipt of a doctoral degree (National Postdoctoral Association).

Postdoctoral scholars at UNLV advance research, teaching, and creative activities, helping the university to reach its Top Tier goals. In addition, postdocs can qualify for Associate Graduate Faculty Status. We encourage you to visit this website — a central resource for postdocs — frequently to learn about professional development opportunities, events, and programs.

Professional Development Workshops and Training

Workshops and training are hosted by members of the UNLV community and cover a broad range of areas from academic and professional topics to personal skills. Please see the Postdoctoral Scholar Calendar for the Fall 2018 schedule.

Additional resources for postdocs include:

Postdocs in the News

Miesha Marzell
Apr. 21, 2017

Former UNLV posdoctoral scholar Miesha Marzell credits her fellowship for helping her career as a professor. 

Rohan Jadav
Apr. 17, 2017

The researcher from Nebraska is working to reduce HIV transmission between mothers and children in Nigeria.

Stephanie McLaughlin
Apr. 7, 2017

Scholar's research on campus inspires more work to increase the Las Vegas community’s access to quality mental health care.

Constancio Arnaldo
Mar. 29, 2017

Get into the world of Filipino boxing and masculinity through postdoctoral scholar's research.

UNLV Funding Sources to Assist with Conference Travel, Research, and Publishing

Article Processing Charges: UNLV Open Article Fund

The UNLV University Libraries is pleased to announce funding to assist UNLV researchers seeking to publish in open access journals. Through the generous support of the Libraries Advisory Board along with funding from the Libraries' collections budget, there is $30,000 allocated to this pilot project. More information and the form can be found on the University Library website.

University Faculty Travel Committee Travel Fund

University Faculty Travel Committee (UFTC) travel fund provides funding toward academic faculty members' travel to attend conferences, conduct research at external sites, etc. Postdocs are eligible to receive funding. The maximum award is $1,000 per academic year.  Please view the website for additional details.

Search Research Grants

Additional information forthcoming.

Certifications

Postdoctoral scholars are invited to participate in all Graduate College certifications:

Upcoming Events

  • Planning and preparation in advance are essential for successful online classes. This workshop provides graduate students with the nuts and bolts of getting a class ready to be delivered online at UNLV.  Note: Our focus is...
  • UNLV Alumni Association and Rebel Athletic Fund (RAF) are teaming up to host the ultimate experience in football tailgate parties - Rebel Block Party, now in its fourth year. Supporting the Rebels is not just about the game...
  • In a highly anticipated meeting, the Air Force Falcons will make their first appearance at Sam Boyd Stadium since 2014 when they take on UNLV in a special Friday night Mountain West matchup. The nationally televised game...
  • Join us for the 2nd Annual Red Rebel 5k Color Run event put on by a partnership between UNLV Track and Field and The Goodie Two Shoes Foundation.
  • Text Analysis is a growing method of research that uses algorithms to quickly search through a large corpus to generate word clouds, identify major themes, recognize relationships between words, and more. We will utilize...
  • As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "Using Global Goals to Drive Progress in the Mountain West" by Senior Fellow in Global Economy and Development, Anthony...
  • Tableau is an interactive data visualization software that makes it easy to create, analyze, and visualize your data. We will go through the software and make simple visualizations such as line graphs, bar charts, and maps....
  • Are you interested in a career in academia? Do you have questions about the transition from a master’s program to a doctoral program? Are you thinking about postdoctoral scholar positions after you complete a doctoral...
  • Strategies for Research in Special Collections and Archives This workshop is for anyone planning to use unique materials in library special collections and archives either at UNLV or at another library, archive, or museum....
  • Evaluating New Journals For Publication: What Authors Need To Know Provides practical advice and hands-on experience in evaluating unfamiliar and new journals. Attendees will leave the workshop with a better understanding of...
  • Graduate faculty mentors/advisors play a critical role in the development of graduate students as they progress through their degree program. These professional relationships also often continue beyond a student’s time at...
  • The Rebel Grad Slam challenges students to a 3-minute/1-slide presentation to showcase their research to the audience and judges in a condensed and compelling way. Participants will be evaluated on how well they explain and...
  • By participating in this workshop you will: Understand reference etiquette for both being a reference and getting references Discuss ways to handle tricky reference situations, including reference asks that were a...
  • The Rebel Grad Slam challenges students to a 3-minute/1-slide presentation to showcase their research to the audience and judges in a condensed and compelling way. Participants will be evaluated on how well they explain and...
  •   By participating in this workshop, you will: Identify behaviors to be aware of (e.g., sexist or derogatory comments made to other members of the class, handling situations where your authority is being...
  • So you have collected, cleaned, and analyzed your data... now what? Learn how to visualize your data using Excel, Google Sheets, and even create a short infograph with the free program Venngage. Participants will be able to...
  • The goal of this presentation is to define sexual harassment, social norms and individual beliefs that perpetuate the behavior, and to encourage use of bystander techniques in the workplace. Topics include: sexual violence...
  • Do you have questions about the transition from graduate school to industry, including how to make this transition, how do you continue to develop professionally, how do you find mentors, and how do you maintain a work-life...
  • Story maps are a powerful storytelling tool. In this workshop, participants will learn how to create beautiful story maps to show their data in an engaging, dynamic, and innovative way. Participants will be able to describe...
  • By participating in this workshop you will: Identify why ethics are critical to mentoring Learn how to model appropriate research ethics to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars Discuss...
  • By participating in this workshop you will: Learn why your online profile is important Discuss strategies for enhancing your online profile Consider ways to develop your LinkedIn profile as one element of your online...
  • Questions about making your research articles available online on professional networking sites like ResearchGate or Academia.edu, university and disciplinary repositories, or your own website? Attendees will learn about:...
  • This workshop will let participants create a professional portfolio online using Google Sites. Participants will learn Google Sites functionality as well as ways to incorporate LinkedIn, GitHub, ORCID, and other online...
  • Putting together a well-crafted syllabus can be a daunting task. By participating in this workshop, you will: Understand the basic components of a syllabus Identify necessary and optional features of a syllabus Workshop...
  • The goal of this presentation is to explore the differences between self-care and self-soothing and when to use each in taking care of ourselves. Additionally, we want to support the UNLV community in managing the stress and...
  • Learn to develop and maintain your teaching presence in the online classroom. This workshop provides graduate students with an overview of how to effectively and efficiently teach online. We will also address the...
  • Please join the Graduate College and the Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) for a celebration of graduate student research and scholarship at the sixth annual Inspiration, Innovation, Impact: A...
  • Postdoctoral scholars and faculty members are invited to an evening of socializing at the Desert Research Institute. To attend, please RSVP by Feb. 28, 2019. Appetizers and drinks will be served.
  • Please join Phi Kappa Phi and the UNLV Graduate College for the United Blood Services Blood Drive. All donors will receive Hero Reward points, redeemable for gifts such as movie tickets, t-shirts, and e-gift cards. Donors...

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