Postdoctoral Scholars

Welcome to USF

Postdoctoral scholars are important members of the University of South Florida community. Much of our recent rise in prominence is due to postdocs advancing scientific knowledge, using innovative practices in the classroom and contributing to a better, more informed world.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs works to serve postdoctoral scholars by:

  • Providing professional development opportunities
  • Cultivating a community of scholars
  • Assisting with the navigation of USF policies and resources
  • Advocating for postdocs across USF

For questions, please contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at or directly reach out to our Associate Director or Academic Program Specialist. 

Associate Director
Dr. Kiri Kilpatrick

Academic Program Specialist
Brandis Baines-Waiz


Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do when I first come on campus?

Please visit Human Resources on your first day (or before if you can) so your paperwork can be processed timely. Make an appointment with a HR Benefits rep to go over your benefit options. Postdocs have the option between the University Sponsored Benefits Plan and the State Sponsored Benefits Plan and the coverage is quite different for each.

When I can get my USF ID, NetID, and email?

Once your offer letter has been processed by HR and you have an employee ID (also called a GEMS ID), you will be able to establish an email address and obtain a USF ID Card. This process make a few days depending on the time of year. If you are moving to the Tampa Bay area ahead of your start date, you can complete the HR on-boarding process before your start date.

What special things do I need to know if I am an international postdoc?

Please, contact International Services or visit them on the Tampa Campus in
BEH 255 (See Campus Map). They are responsibile for processing your visa and will be able to give you information related to maintaining your status at USF.

Does the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs offer an orientation?

Yes, we offer an orientation in the Fall and Spring semesters. Any postdoc is welcome to come if they have not attended a prior orientation.

How do I get on the postdoc email list to get word about events and workshops?

Please send an email to once you have a USF email address. Postdoctoral Affairs does not process the appointments so we only know if you are coming after you're already here. In order to get on the list in timely fashion, please email us the first week you are here or stop by the office in ALN 200.

Does the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs offer any travel awards?

Generally, no. We are not given a budget for travel awards. If there are surplus funds in a given year, we may offer them but you will be notified if this is the case.

I am a research postdoc. Can I get teaching experience?

Your department may allow you to teach if they have a need. If you are paid by a grant, you need to be sure you are permitted to teach. Your PI or your department research administrator will know the answer to this. The Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE), Library 6th Floor, offers professional development related to teaching for anyone interested.

How do I get career guidance or help with my resume/cover letter?

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will be happy to assist you. We assist postdocs and students with faculty and non-faculty job searches from application through the offer negotiation process.