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Postdoc Preview

Postdoc Preview is an opportunity for senior graduate students to learn about the extensive research and training opportunities at Michigan. During Postdoc Preview, you will have the chance to meet prospective mentors, network with our current postdocs, explore the resources at Michigan, and have a window into life in Ann Arbor.

Important Update

The Postdoc Preview program will be held virtually in 2020-2021. Our May Postdoc Preview program is rescheduled for August 26-28, 2020. For interested applicants, our next event will be held November 9-11, 2020. See details below.
Research fellows are essential members of our U-M community; new postdocs may be hired with external funding. If you have any questions about Postdoc Preview, please contact the Office of Postdoctoral Studies,


Applications for the November Postdoc Preview event will be open from Friday, August 14, 2020 until Wednesday, September 30, 2020.
Applicants will be required 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.


Submit an Application


Research Areas

Include but are not limited to:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Human Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Pathology
  • Molecular Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology

To explore the vast U-M research enterprise, visit the U-M Research database.

November Postdoc Preview Schedule

November 9-13, 2020

Individual interviews scheduled with faculty. Participants will be able to virtually meet one-on-one with faculty and interview for postdoctoral positions.

Monday, November 9, 2020

  • 3-4 p.m.: Welcome & Virtual Campus Tour

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

  • 3-4:30 p.m.: Overview of opportunities & resources available to Medical School postdoctoral research fellows
  • 6-7:30 p.m.: Casual networking with current postdocs to learn about their experience at Michigan Medicine and in Ann Arbor

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

  • 3-4 p.m.: Postdoc Preview Event Wrap-Up


Is an invitation to Preview an offer to work at the University of Michigan as a postdoctoral scholar?

No. Preview is a structured event during which you will interview prospective mentors and network with current postdocs.

When will applications be evaluated?

Application decisions for November Postdoc Preview will be sent out by Tuesday, October 6, 2020 via email. At that time, selected applicants will be invited to contact faculty directly to inquire about funding for postdocs and request interviews for November 9-13, 2020.

How can I identify faculty mentors I want to interview with?

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. A list of departments in the Medical School can be found here.

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

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

What does Ann Arbor have to offer?

On the banks of the Huron River, Ann Arbor is a midwestern cultural mecca, offering a unique blend of city sophistication and small-town charm that appeals to students and professionals, singles and families. Ann Arbor is both ethnically diverse and culturally rich and is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the United States. Read more about Ann Arbor!

I have more questions. Who can I talk to?

You can contact the Office of Postdoctoral Studies staff at (734) 763-5940 or via email at Our team will be happy to answer questions.