Office of Postdoctoral Education

Engineering students working in lab with faculty
At the University of South Alabama, we believe that postdoctoral training should provide the individual fellows with mentored advanced training to enhance their professional skills and research independence needed to pursue their chosen career path.

Welcome to the Office of Postdoctoral Education

In response to the University of South Alabama's growing number of postdoctoral researchers, the Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) was announced on March 12, 2014 at the Board of Trustees' meeting.

The University has approximately 45 postdoctoral researchers at present. All researchers hold doctoral degrees. Through postdoctoral education, researchers increase their expertise in a specialist subject, usually in mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring professional skills needed to pursue a certain career path. Postdoctoral research is considered essential to helping the University achieve its mission of making a difference in the global and local communities through discovery, health, and learning. 

USA believes that postdoctoral fellows will broaden and enhance the University's research capacity by bringing more talent to the campus. Therefore, the purpose of the OPE is to enrich the postdoctoral experience through services and support to the fellows, their mentors, and the departments.