The Office of Postdoctoral Services and the Duke University Postdoctoral Association (DUPA) welcome new Duke postdoctoral appointees to virtual orientation!

Please note that Duke postdoctoral appointees are employees, and therefore required to attend New Staff Orientation. New postdocs must also attend any required departmental, lab, safety, DLAR, and Responsible Conduct of Research orientations. International postdocs must meet with their Visa Services Advisor, and are encouraged to attend International House (DISC) Orientation.
Virtual Postdoc Orientation is a supplement to existing orientations, not a replacement or requirement.
If you have questions about New Staff Orientation or other orientations that are required for your position, please discuss with your departmental HR or Business Manager (Campus, School of Medicine, Pratt School of Engineering, Nicholas School of the EnvironmentSanford School of Public Policy, Fuqua School of Business, Divinity School, School of Law).

Links to session recordings and/or resources are posted beneath the descriptions.


Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services

Postdoctoral appointees are an integral part of the research endeavor at Duke University. The Office of Postdoctoral Services (OPS) is the central resource for postdoctoral appointees on campus, and serves as a liaison between postdocs, faculty, and staff. The OPS promotes postdoctoral training at Duke and prepares postdocs for successful careers both within and beyond academia. Molly Starback, Director of Duke Postdoctoral Services, will welcome you to Virtual Postdoc Orientation and discuss the support and programs offered by Postdoc Services.

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel


Duke Office of Research Initiatives

The Office of Research Initiatives facilitates research and collaborations for the Duke community. We serve researchers across Duke’s schools, and offer our services to all researchers – faculty, staff, and trainees – including:

  • myRESEARCHhome: An online portal that helps members of the research community manage their research portfolio by consolidating their tools and info in one place, including personalized funding recommendations, locating potential collaborators at Duke, and access to required training.
  • myRESEARCHnavigators: A team of experts dedicated to providing tailored consultations & research onboarding, and assistance identifying funding and educational programs.

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel


Duke Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

The Duke Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD) strives to achieve an inclusive campus climate for students, staff, faculty, and alumnx with marginalized sexual orientations, romantic orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions through education, advocacy, support, mentoring, academic engagement, and providing space. Join representatives from CGSD as they discuss programming and support for the Duke community. 

List of Duke University Identity and Cultural Centers

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel


Duke WorkOUT

WorkOUT creates space for employees identifying with marginalized SOGI to meet their peers across Duke University and to find support and sense of community, respect, and inclusion. WorkOUT hosts social events, campus lunches, and more. Join WorkOUT members to discuss how you can get involved!

Duke Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisory Council

Durham-Duke Center for AIDS Research Collaborative Community Council


Duke Libraries

Duke University Libraries hold millions of books, and offers access to books and articles from other universities via Interlibrary loan. Library staff provide specialized research assistance and instruction to library users. Join librarian Ciara Healy to learn how Duke Libraries can help you with your research, teaching, and more.

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel


Duke Parking and Transportation

Parking and Transportation Services provides parking facilities, buses and shuttles, and various means of alternative transportation throughout the University. Tyler Dewey will answer your questions about parking and parking alternatives.  Tyler is a full-time bike commuter and the Alternative Transportation Lead & Associate Transit Planner for Duke.

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel


Durham Medical Orchestra

The Durham Medical Orchestra connects volunteer musicians from the health professions and the community to promote wellness, provide cultural enrichment, and deliver the benefits of music to all. In this session, Anna Loksztejn (flute/piccolo and former Duke postdoc) will tell you how to get involved in what she describes as “a joyful group of people who share a common passion for playing music.”

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel


Duke University Postdoc Association (DUPA)

Join Briana Simms, president of the Duke University Postdoc Association (DUPA), and other DUPA council members to hear about the many ways you can get involved in DUPA. DUPA is here to address the needs and concerns of all Duke postdocs and celebrate their accomplishments. DUPA committees include Communication, Diversity, International, Professional Development, Service, Social, and Sports.

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel


The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Advancement, and Leadership in the Sciences​ (IDEALS) Office

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Advancement, and Leadership in the Sciences (IDEALS) Office contributes to the diverse scientific climate in the Duke School of Medicine. The office works to bring talented underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to the School of Medicine and to enrich their experiences over the course of their training and studies. The IDEALS office is dedicated to maintaining a climate of inclusiveness and celebrating the richly unique scientific community at Duke University. Join Johnna Frierson, Assistant Dean for SOM Graduate and Postdoctoral Diversity & Inclusion, to learn how you can get involved in IDEALS.

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel


Duke International Student Center (formerly International House) International Spouses and Partners Orientation

International House welcomes all new spouses, partners, and their families to Duke. Please note that this orientation is for ALL NEW international spouses/partners affiliated with Duke (students, scholars, or employees).  Both new postdocs and their spouses/partners are invited to attend. We understand that coming along with your spouse and/or partner means that you need additional information and resources. We strive to provide you with the support you need and an environment where you and your partner/spouse can connect, learn, and grow.

Watch on the DISC Channel


Duke Visa Services

Duke Visa Services determines the visa and employment options for international students, scholars, visitors, and employees. In this session, Dylan Sugiyama, Associate Director, will give an overview of Visa Services and answer questions about the visa process for Duke postdoctoral appointees.

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel


Duke International Student Center (formerly Duke International House)

In this session, Andromeda Connor from the Duke International Student Center (formerly International House) will talk about what DISC is, how to connect with the staff, and the programs, services, and activities offered by DISC to international postdocs and families at Duke.


Managing Your Research Career Using an Individual Development Plan (IDP)

For better or for worse, your experiences and the training you receive as postdoctoral researchers and graduate students can greatly shape the rest of your career. However, there are strategies and resources that can increase your chances of getting what you came for. During this program, participants will learn how to develop clear and specific goals and objectives, along with a plan for executing them.

Topics include:

  • The importance of setting goals and developing an IDP
  • Introduction to the SMART goals model
  • Resources for crafting and executing your IDP
  • Strategies for establishing expectations and effectively communicating research and career goals with your mentor/PI.

SPEAKERDara Wilson-Grant is the Associate Director at the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. With over fifteen years experience providing career management education and counseling, Dara’s mission is to help individuals develop a framework for choosing a meaningful and rewarding career path, plus develop the skills necessary for a lifetime of career success.

Resources for Creating Your IDP


Finding Funding Workshop

Looking for funding? Seeking a fellowship to support research? Want to fund travel for a summer project? Take this opportunity to learn how to search for funding by using a variety of tools, including the Duke Research Funding DatabaseMyResearchHome, and Pivot.  This is a special session just for postdocs as part of Duke Postdoc Virtual Orientation.

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel