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Orientation and Onboarding for New Postdocs

Vanderbilt University has made the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and postdocs and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University requires all employees to (1) participate in routine on-campus COVID-19 testing or (2) show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Have questions? Check out the FAQs.

For Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) employees, COVID-19 vaccination (or approved exemption) is a compliance requirement. Compliance is met by having two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. A booster dose is not part of the VUMC compliance requirement.

Orientation for New Postdocs

Orientation for VU Postdocs

  • OPA holds VU postdoc orientation on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. All Vanderbilt University Postdocs (9145, 9146, 9136) should attend the OPA orientation. This is a 90-minute orientation to give new postdocs information on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, resources on campus and benefits information.
  • Due to COVID-19 all OPA orientations are taking place virtually.
  • Click here for more information and to register your postdoc for OPA Orientation.

Effective January 2022:
VU Human Resources has created a webpage for all new hires. In lieu of presenting benefits via zoom orientation, new hires can access all benefit information along with vendor presentations at their own pace.

Orientation for VUMC Postdocs

  • For VUMC postdoc orientation, please contact Jan Varadarajan in the School of Medicine.

Onboarding and Information for New Postdocs

  • More information for new postdoc hires, including onboarding information can be found online here.