Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

"A postdoctoral scholar 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." National Postdoctoral Association

The best way to explore postdoctoral opportunities at the University of Arizona is to search for faculty who work in your area of interest and contact them directly. Another way to look for open postdoctoral positions is to search the UArizona Jobs website and enter "Postdoctoral Research Associate" to find current listings.

Postdocs who are on a fellowships (e.g., NIH T32 or F32, NSF postdoc fellowship) and need to obtain their own healthcare benefits should contact Jenny Hoit, Director of Postdoctoral Affairs, for resources and guidance on the process (

Arizona Global has up-to-date resources for International Faculty & Scholars on their website including information on visas. You may also want to contact Arizona Global personnel with your specific questions at

The best way to get to know your postdoc peers across campus is to sign up for the postdoc listserv from which you will receive information about postdoc workshops, social events, and other important news and resources. You can do that by filling out this simple form.  

You may also want to contact postdocs who are part of the Executive Board of UAPA (University of Arizona Postdoctoral Association) to inquire about getting involved with that organization. Contact them at

For postdocs interested in pursuing jobs in academia, gaining teaching experience is a great way to prepare for this career. The first step is to talk to your postdoc mentor (PI) about including teaching activities in your postdoctoral program and determine if there are potential teaching opportunities in your department. You may also want to earn a postdoc teaching certificate through the Postdoc Pathways Program, a two-semester “just-enough, just-in-time” program specifically designed for postdocs by the UArizona Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL).

We have collected many resources that should help you in your search. Please visit our webpage on Find Funding.

Postdoctoral Affairs and other units in the university offer workshops on grant writing throughout the year. Please consult our calendar and sign up for our listserv, both of which will keep you updated on grant writing workshops, and visit our Grant Application Resources page. You may also contact Jenny Hoit, Director of Postdoctoral Affairs, for additional guidance (