Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

About Us

Postdoctoral scholars are a vital part of the research endeavors at our university, and NC State University’s OPA was established on August 1, 2008 to serve as a clearinghouse for information related to postdoctoral appointments as well as to provide programs, resources and support to postdocs. As the biggest land-grant university in North Carolina and as part of the Research Triangle, this institution provides an array of resources for our postdoctoral scholars to prepare them for both a successful transition to our university community and to a career beyond their postdoctoral appointments. This website provides postdocs with information about a variety of topics, resources and opportunities.

The vision of OPA is to enhance, support and promote the postdoctoral experience so that postdoctoral scholars can contribute effectively to the research and scholarly endeavors of NC State University, develop their professional skills more intently, and move on to rewarding and successful careers.

2019 Postdoc Research Symposium

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 their choosing.

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Postdocs and House Officers at NC State

There are approximately 350 postdoctoral scholars and 100 house officers working at NC State at any given time.

Postdoctoral Scholars are individuals who have earned a terminal degree and who are engaged in temporary research, teaching, and scholarship-based training positions at the university. Postdoctoral scholars work across academic colleges and centers at the university.

House Officers are individuals who have earned a DVM or equivalent degree, and who are working in clinical-based training positions in the College of Veterinary Medicine. House Officers include both interns and residents.

  • Approximately 425 postdocs and house officers total (August 2019)
    • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) – 96
    • College of Design – 1
    • College of Education (CED) – 4
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) – 9
    • College of Natural Resources (CNR) – 21
    • College of Engineering (COE) – 84
    • College of Sciences (COS) – 54
    • College of Textiles (COT) – 9
    • College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) – 127
    • Kannapolis – 11
    • Research Centers & Community Engagement (Centers) – 9
  • 49% international postdocs
  • 38% female
  • 10% under-represented minorities
  • 95% STEM-related

Postdoc Events

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs was established in 2008

The office is unique in that it is the only central resource available to all postdocs, independent of discipline.

Office Mission

  • To serve as an advocate for postdoctoral scholars and house officers within NC State, and among the external community
  • To administer, monitor, and support the appointments of postdoctoral scholars and house officers
  • To serve as the central resource office for postdoc-related issues
  • To provide career services and professional development programs for postdocs and house officers
  • To develop a sense of community for all NC State postdocs and house officers into the larger University community
  • To serve as a resource for principal investigators and faculty who mentor postdocs and house officers

Contact Information

Dr. Chris Smith, Postdoctoral Affairs Program Manager

919-515-6503 (office)
Schedule a time to meet via Google Calendar

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
1020 Main Campus Drive
Box 7102
Raleigh, NC 27695

It is our goal to have your postdoctoral experience here at NC State University be both rewarding and enriching. If you have a question or need assistance, do not hesitate to contact the OPA Office.