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

Dr. Block

Dr. Katharine Block, Ph.D. is a researcher in the Center for Immunology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Block’s projects focus on lung immunity, studying how prior microbial exposures influence the efficacy of influenza vaccines and modulate the immune response to inhaled allergens. Dr. Block is also a member of the campus group Empowering Women in Science and she was recently awarded the Postdoc Achievement Award for her Service to the Academic Community from the Office of Professional Development and the UMN Postdoctoral Association. Dr. Block is driven to do research that improves our understanding of human health and disease and is motivated to make STEM welcoming to everyone.


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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