Postdoc Preview
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Apply to Postdoc Preview

Tour Ann Arbor, speak to faculty and interview for positions.

Explore Opportunities

Postdoc Preview is a recruiting event and opportunity for upper-level graduate students to explore the extensive postdoctoral research and training opportunities in biomedical sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School.

We are pleased to provide two different opportunities to participate in the Postdoc Preview – a virtual Fall informational event and an in-person Spring event.

Fall Virtual Postdoc Preview: Registration is free and open to all prospective postdocs in the life sciences and biomedical fields. Candidates will have the opportunity to learn about University of Michigan research resources, funding opportunities, life in Ann Arbor, and network with current postdocs. PhD graduate students who expect to complete their degree by the end of the academic year are especially encouraged to attend.

Spring In-person Postdoc Preview: Application-based event that fully funds a two-day visit to the Ann Arbor campus for accepted applicants. Candidates will have the opportunity to interview with prospective mentors, network with current postdocs, and learn about life in Ann Arbor. This event is limited to Ph.D. candidates who anticipate graduating by the end of the calendar year.

Upcoming Events: 

  • October 2024 (date TBD): Virtual Postdoc Preview. Stay tuned for the registration link.

  • May 8-9, 2025: In-person Postdoc Preview. Applications will open in early 2025.

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Event Information

Applications for the May In-person Postdoc Preview will open in early 2025. More details on the application components can be found in the May 2024 application portal.

Applicants will be asked to provide a current CV, including a list of publications, a statement of research interests, a letter of recommendation from their current mentor and the names of two to three U-M faculty mentors with whom the applicant would like to interview.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Applicants must expect to complete their thesis research within the next year

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents or be currently enrolled in a U.S. graduate institution


Research areas include but are not limited to:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cellular & Developmental Biology
  • Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • Human Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
  • Molecular & Cellular Pathology
  • Molecular & Integrative Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology

Research Opportunities are also available across our clinical departments at Michigan Medicine. Ranging from Cardiology to Hematology/Oncology, and Neurology, explore the vast U-M research enterprise through the UM Research Database.


Arrival: Guests arrive any time prior to 4:00 pm. 

4:30-5:30 pm: Tour of Ann Arbor and campus.

6:00 pm: Dinner at the home of Dr. Michele Swanson, faculty director of the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies + meet & greet with current U-M postdocs.


8:00-11:45 am: Interviews with faculty. Participants will be able to meet one-on-one with faculty and interview for postdoctoral positions.

12:00-1:15 pm: Lunch.  Learn about postdoc opportunities & resources available to Medical School postdoctoral research fellows.

1:30 pm-on: Interviews with faculty. Participants will be able to meet one-on-one with faculty and interview for postdoctoral positions.

Evening: Depart campus. Ground transportation arranged from hotel to Detroit Metro Airport (DTW).

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Application decisions for the May Postdoc Preview will be sent out in early March via email. At that time, selected applicants will be invited to contact faculty directly to inquire about funding for positions and request interviews during this in-person recruitment event.

Preview is a structured event during which you will interview prospective mentors and network with current postdocs. It is not guaranteed that you will receive an offer for a postdoctoral fellow position, although many of our Preview guests do receive offers.

There are a number of ways and resources to identify faculty whose research interests match your own. The following sites may support your search within the University of Michigan Medical School:

  • Biomedical Sciences faculty search by name, program, or research topic

  • Review department websites to identify faculty in your area of science. View a list of departments in the Medical School.

  • Researcher database by topic, name, or free text excerpts

  • Ask your mentor and researchers in your network for recommendations!

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You can contact the Office of Postdoctoral Studies staff via email at [email protected]. Our team will be happy to answer questions.

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