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Welcome to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs & Postdoctoral Association

A postdoc is an individual with 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.

Official NIH/NSF Definition

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The joint mission of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) & Postdoctoral Association (PDA) is to enhance the postdoc experience at UIC by providing support, creating opportunities, measuring success, and building community.

If you are interested in joining UIC as a postdoc or if you are a new postdoc at UIC, check out our UIC Postdoc Community page where you can learn more about UIC.

Make sure to stay tuned with our activities by joining the listserv, checking out upcoming events, and following us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

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Contact info for OPA and the PDA

Valerie Miller

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) serves as an advocate, resource, and central point of contact for the postdoctoral community. OPA was established in 2018 to advance the UIC research enterprise by supporting the development of postdoctoral training programs, maximizing the effectiveness of our postdoctoral research training, and enhancing the quality of the postdoctoral experience at UIC.


The Postdoctoral Association (PDA) was established in 2010 and serves as the voice for the UIC postdoc community. The PDA is run by the PDA Executive Committee, a postdoc-driven volunteer organization that plans regular community building events, professional development activities, seminars of special interest to postdocs, and the Annual Career Development Symposium in collaboration with OPA.

2021-2022 PDA Executive Committee Heading link

Flowchart of PDA Executive Board for 2021-2022 with headshots