Postdoctoral scholars

Postdoctorial scholar Rajan Sekhon bags young ears of corn to prevent cross-pollinating of corn plants growing in a farm field at the University of Wisconsin–Madison\'s West Madison Agricultural Research Station during summer on July 13, 2012. UW–Madison researchers in the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) are studying the genetic traits of the corn plant and potential for using corn stover as biomass fuel.

Benefits and policies

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Postdoc openings

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Professional development events

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The post-doctoral experience in the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin–Madison enriches the academic experience and helps the research enterprise thrive.

Postdoctoral research and training is vital to building the careers of the next generation of scientists, researchers and scholars. At the same time, post-docs also play a significant role in maintaining the pre-eminence of UW–Madison’s research on a global level.

At UW–Madison, post-docs are an essential part of a dynamic research community.

The Graduate School supports the career and professional growth of post-doctoral researchers and scholars, helping them to advance, succeed and lead in their chosen disciplines. Post-docs are a vital component of the research and scholarly success that has resulted in a $1.1 billion annual investment at UW–Madison.

As the connection between research and graduate education is key at UW–Madison, so is the mentor-trainee relationship. The university strives to cultivate a strong bond between post-docs and their mentors to ensure that the next crop of academic researchers is prepared to do top-notch work.

The Graduate School is committed to ensuring that the post-doctoral experience at UW–Madison is a rewarding one, filled with opportunity and the chance to build strong, meaningful and productive research and scholarly careers.


The postdoc bulletin is a weekly newsletter sent out each Tuesday by the Office of Postdoctoral Studies in the School of Medicine and Public Health and the UW–Madison Graduate School Office of Professional Development. The newsletter features professional development opportunities for postdoctoral scholars in the areas of career planning and exploration, research skills, research, communication, responsible conduct of research, and teaching. All postdoctoral scholars are subscribed to the newsletter.