Postdoctoral Researchers and Trainees

​​​​​​​​UW Medicine Research provides an outstanding research and educational environment to develop the next generation of researchers and continue the tradition of excellence in biomedical research. ​​Postdoctoral researchers at UW Medicine work closely with faculty mentors and are a part of a dynamic and successful research organization while continuing to grow and advance as researchers.

​​Individual Development Plans

Postdoctoral researchers and trainees partner with their faculty mentors and advisors to create a plan for their postdoctoral experience at UW Medicine. The Individual Development Plan (IDP) becomes the roadmap for postdoctoral researchers to develop or enhance the skills, knowledge, and expertise that will serve them as researchers. IDP templates are available from both the School of Medicine and from the UW Graduate School.

The UW Postdoctoral Community and Events

Postdoctoral researchers and trainees at UW Medicine Research are also invited to become involved in the University of Washington's postdoctoral community. Several resources are available that further a postdoctoral researcher or trainee's professional development, including:
  • UW P​ostdoctoral Association (UWPA): A peer network organization that hosts professional, educational, and social events throughout the year.
  • Future Faculty Fellows: A free, two-day workshop on teaching and career development.
  • Biomedical Postdoc Seminar Group: a mailing group and seminar series run by the postdoctoral community that provides a venue to practice presentation skills, give and receive feedback on research topics, and to meet others who are working in biomedical research laboratories.

Administrative Information about Postdoctoral Employment

UW Medicine departments and staff who are looking for administrative information about postdoctoral employment, offer letters templates, grievance and dispu​te resolution policies​, and other relevant guidance within UW Medicine should review the materials available through the Office of Research and Graduate Education's intranet site​. ​