Postdoctoral Scholar Toolkit

Office of Postdoctoral Initiatives

303 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455


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Make the most of the postdoc experience.

The Office of Postdoctoral Initiatives (OPI), located within the Graduate School, advocates for postdoctoral fellows and researchers. 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

OPI exists to:

  • Change the culture surrounding postdoctoral education at the University through advocacy and policy change
  • Encourage excellence in postdoctoral advising, training, and professional development
  • Prepare the next generation of scholars to be leaders in their respective fields

OPI Strategic Vision

OPI Logic Model

Contact Us

Rhonda Jones-Webb
Assistant Dean, Office of Postdoctoral Initiatives
Twin Cities Campus | 390, 10 Church St

Jiwon Kim
Graduate Assistant
Twin Cities Campus | 392, 10 Church Street

Spotlight on Postdocs

Manka Nkimbeng

Recent UMN Postdoc Dr. Manka Nkimbeng is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Prior to that, she was a Robert L. Kane Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She received her PhD in Nursing from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health, and Bachelors of Science in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Nkimbeng’s research centers around understanding the causes of health inequities in racial/ethnic minority populations and improving health outcomes for older adults. In partnership with the African Career, Education & Resource (ACER) Inc. and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Dr Nkimbeng is currently leading two projects with African immigrants in Minnesota. These projects seek to understand African immigrants’ dementia care, caregiving and education experiences and needs. Encompassing her research and policy expertise, she plans to adapt and test interventions that can be translated into health policies and practice to improve health and eliminate health inequities for older adults.


Postdoctoral Handbook

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

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