Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

2016 NC State Postdocs

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.

NC State University Postdocs

  • Approximately 456 postdocs total  (March 2017)
    • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) – 100
    • College of Design (COD) – 1
    • College of Education (CED) – 1
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) – 13
    • College of Natural Resources (CNR) – 26
    • College of Engineering (COE) – 104
    • College of Sciences (COS) – 80
    • College of Textiles (COT) – 8
    • College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) – 114
    • Kannapolis – 7
    • Other – 2
  • 51.3% international postdocs
  • 43% female
  • 75% 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 administer, monitor, and support postdoctoral scholars
  • To serve as the central resource office for postdoctoral issues
  • To provide career services, career counseling, and professional development programs for postdocs
  • To develop a sense of community for all NC State postdocs into the larger University community
  • To serve as a resource for principal investigators and faculty

Postdoctoral research scholar, Dr. Madhavi Latha Kakumanu presents her poster at the 2015 Postdoctoral Research Symposium.

Annual Reports


Contact Information

Dr. Laura Demarse
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
1020 Main Campus Drive, Room 2305B (Centennial Campus)
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.