About the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

meet our team and our affiliates

Postdocs at MSU

Postdocs at Michigan State University include a diverse group of experts across our many units and campuses. The majority of our Postdocs are classified as “Research Associates” or “Senior Research Associates,” and have fixed-term appointments typically ranging from one to three years, with possibility for renewal. Their funding and training are mostly overseen directly by an individual faculty supervisor. The title “Postdoctoral Fellow” is reserved for postdocs who are awarded extramural fellowships that provide funding for their research.

Our Mission

To enhance the postdoctoral experience at Michigan State University providing leadership, support and a unifying structure for Postdocs: Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Associates, Senior Research Associates and all individuals pursuing advanced mentored training beyond a doctoral degree.

Some of Our Major Campus Partners

The Graduate School

Chittenden Hall, the home of The Graduate School at Michigan State University

Chittenden Hall

Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation

WorkLife Office

Work Life Office

Office for International Students and Scholars


The STEM Ed PaCER program is a collaboration between Michigan State University (MSU), the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at the State University of New York’s Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) campus, and the Sustainable Development Institute of the College of Menominee Nation (CMN).