Office of Postdoctoral Studies


The goal of the Office of Postdoctoral Studies is to provide a supportive environment and high-quality training for postdoctoral researchers. As part of our commitment to excellence in education and research, the Office of Postdoctoral Studies strives to serve as the dedicated resource for current and prospective postdoctoral researchers at Kent State University, faculty mentors and department administrators.

What is a Postdoc?

Postdoctoral Associates are individuals with a doctoral degree who are engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of their choosing. This definition was adapted from National Postdoc Association.


The College of Arts and Sciences provides support to postdoctoral researchers for extramural grant development and submission. This support includes four main elements which will be specifically programmed for each funding opportunity and tailored to meet individual needs. See Develop Proposals for detailed information.

Professional and Career Development events

Throughout the year, the Office of Postdoctoral Studies organizes or supports events for training in Core Competencies, including communication skills, responsible conduct of research, leadership and management skills, and professionalism.

Event calendar:

September 21-25: National Postdoc Appreciation Week

  • Monday September 21: TownHall with Kent State University Leaders
  • Wednesday September 23: Workshop: “Applying for Faculty Positions”
  • Thursday September 24: TownHall for Postdocs at Neomed with Lique Coolen


Applying for Faculty Positions [PDF]
Date: September 23, 2020
Speakers: Mike Lehman and Maria Zaragoza

To participate in events and for questions, please contact Dr. Lique Coolen, Associate Dean Research Development, Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, 108 Bowman Hall. Phone: 330-672-8973.