The Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor

Postdoc Preview

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. During a fully-funded, two-day visit, candidates will have the opportunity to interview with prospective mentors, network with current postdocs, and learn about life in Ann Arbor.

Event Dates: May 11-12, 2023

Application Deadline: March 24, 2023


Applications for the in-person Postdoc Preview event will be open from Monday, February 13, 2023 until Friday, March 24, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST.

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

  • To protect the health of the participants, faculty, staff, and surrounding Ann Arbor community, all invited participants are required to be fully-vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization before being allowed to attend the event. To meet this requirement, individuals must have received the full initial series plus one booster for their respective vaccine. Additional booster shots are recommended and encouraged as outlined by the CDC. Exemptions will be allowed for religious or medical reasons.


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Research Areas

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 Reseach Database.


Tentative Postdoc Preview Schedule

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2023

Arrival: Guests arrive any time prior to 4:00 p.m. 

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

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


FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2023

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

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

1:30 p.m-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).


When will applications be evaluated?

Application decisions for May Postdoc Preview will be sent out by Wednesday, March 29, 2023 via email. At that time, selected applicants will be invited to contact faculty directly to inquire about funding for positions and request interviews for May 11-12, 2023.

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

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.

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 via email at [email protected]. Our team will be happy to answer questions.