Office of Postdoctoral Initiatives

Assistant Director

Mariam Banahi
Johnston Hall 306


Pomerantz Lab
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Make the most of the postdoc experience.

The Office Postdoctoral Initiatives, located within the Graduate School, advocates for postdoctoral associates (9546) and fellows (9560). We collaborate with faculty, administrators, and departments across the University to provide the support and resources our postdoctoral scholars need as they prepare for their future careers.

About the Office of Postdoctoral Initiatives

The Office of Postdoctoral Initiatives exists to:

  • Build community and give greater visibility to postdoctoral scholars;
  • Encourage excellence in postdoctoral mentoring, advising, and professional development;
  • Prepare the next generation of scholars to be leaders and change agents in their respective fields.

OPI Strategic Vision

OPI Logic Model

Postdoctoral Handbook

The Postdoctoral Handbook is a guide for incoming and existing Postdocs for navigating their time at the University of Minnesota.


Contact Us

Office of Postdoctoral Initiatives |

Mariam Banahi
Assistant Director for Postdoctoral Initiatives
Twin Cities Campus | Johnston Hall 306

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The Post is a monthly e-newsletter catered to UMN’s postdoctoral community. It includes career and professional development resources, information on internal and external funding opportunities, service opportunities, as well as the latest from OPI and the Postdoctoral Association. All UMN Postdocs are automatically subscribed to The Post, but Faculty and Staff who work closely with Postdocs are encouraged to subscribe using the form below. To submit content to The Post, please email

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