The BRET Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) assists postdoctoral fellows during their training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Our office makes postdoctoral appointments and reappointments. We meet with postdoctoral candidates upon faculty request and with new postdoctoral fellows focusing on the Compact Between Postdoctoral Appointees and their Mentors, the Individual Development Plan and resources available, including resources to aid postdocs in developing writing and presentation skills.  The BRET Office of Postdoctoral Affairs sponsors the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association which welcomes all Vanderbilt postdoctoral fellows from all schools to PDA events such as the PDA and Shared Resources Poster Symposium and Research Day, monthly meetings, holiday events and celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week with the Postdoc Family Picnic. The Scientist's annual survey has consistently ranked Vanderbilt as one of the best places for postdocs to work in the United States. Whether you are a prospective postdoctoral fellow considering a move to Nashville or a current postdoctoral fellow seeking assistance, we are here to offer our support.


To New Postdocs:  Please contact claudia.n.cottingham@vanderbilt.edu to set up a brief introduction to Postdoc Office.

To Departing Postdocs: Please complete the Exit Survey.



BRET Office of Postdoctoral Affairs - 340 Light Hall

Roger Chalkley, D.Phil., Senior Associate Dean

Claudia Cottingham, Program Manager

Phone: 615-322-1753
Email: Claudia.n.cottingham@vanderbilt.edu