Postdoctoral Affairs E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

October 2020

Dear Postdoctoral Fellow Community –

Thank you to everyone who participated in National Postdoc Appreciation Week! Our professional headshot session was a big success, and we are exploring opportunities to provide these more often. We hope you saw the story in myVU, which included messages from leaders across campus about the critical contribution our postdocs make to Vanderbilt and academia more broadly.

Below you will find links to upcoming events and opportunities, including our fast-approaching VPA Symposium. Also, please be sure to check out the updated postdoc funding opportunities page. 

I hope you all are enjoying the beginning of fall and these cooler days.


Sally Parker
Interim Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Flula-2-Uza is Here!

This year, there are three no-cost, convenient options for faculty, staff and postdocs to obtain a flu vaccine during the next three months. For those primarily working on campus, small Flula-2-Uza events will be held in the Library Lawn and Peabody tents throughout October: 

Fri., Oct. 2: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Peabody)
Thurs., Oct. 8: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Library Lawn)
Fri., Oct. 9: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Library Lawn)
Tues., Oct. 13: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Peabody)
Tues., Oct. 20: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Library Lawn)
Thurs., Oct. 22: Noon to 4 p.m. (Peabody)

These events will be staffed by two nurses and there will be no sign up required. Flu vaccines will be given on a first-come, first-served basis in a physically distanced line. Those receiving a flu vaccine at these sites must have completed a Return to Campus Acknowledgment and must bring their Vanderbilt ID card.

Those working remotely are highly encouraged to obtain their vaccination at any Vanderbilt Health Walk-In Clinic or at any of the walk-in clinics (not pharmacies) at Walgreens stores. Flu vaccinations are 100 percent covered as preventive care for all employees who are on a VU Health Plan. Find your nearest location here.


14th Annual VPA Symposium 

The 14th Annual VPA Symposium will be held virtually on Thursday, October 29!

This interdisciplinary one-day conference will highlight postdoctoral research as well as provide a virtual venue for networking and professional development. We are proud to announce our Keynote Speaker, Chad Topaz, Professor of Mathematics, Williams College! All attendees will also be eligible to receive raffle prizes throughout the day!

Postdocs will have the opportunity to present their research through either a lightning talk (brief oral presentation) or a poster presentation.

For more information and to register click HERE.


Updated Funding and Job Opportunities Page 

Check out our updated Funding and Job Opportunities page for postdocs. If you come across other opportunities, please share them with OPA to consider posting on this page.



Stay in the Loop!

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA)

Events for Postdocs



Return to Campus Update for October 1

This Return to Campus Update is part of our ongoing effort to provide you with the latest information regarding the fall 2020 Return to Campus Plan. While some of this information may not directly affect you, we wanted to ensure everyone in our community has easy access to this information. Read more.


Inclusion at Vanderbilt

A new web portal is now available to help students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars and staff access key equity, diversity and inclusion resources and activities.


2021 Health Insurance Premiums and Open Enrollment

Monthly health insurance payroll premiums for 2021 benefits are now available. Open Enrollment begins at 8 am on Oct. 19 and ends at 11:59 pm on Nov 2.


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