Interested in advancing your career?

Established in 2008, ECU’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is here to help you reach new heights in your research career. Past ECU postdoctoral scholars have made breakthroughs in cancer research, diabetes management and women’s health. Our current postdoctoral scholars are working on tackling Lyme disease, cardiovascular disease and the environment, and emergency medical care. The university’s postdoctoral scholars span many department and divisions, from anatomy and biology to microbiology and rural health. No matter your career goals, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs can help you achieve them while advancing scientific knowledge.

Postdoctoral Scholar Stats


Total number of current postdoctoral scholars continuing their research careers at ECU


Total number of departments with postdoctoral scholars with the Department of Microbiology leading the way with five scholars


Combined salary of current
ECU postdoctoral scholars

2018 National Postdoc Appreciation Week

The National Postdoctoral Association is pleased to announce the ninth annual celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week from Sept. 17-21, 2018. In honor of this week, ECU will host several events honoring its postdoc scholars.

Postdoc Mixer

Thursday, Sept. 20; 4 p.m.; 2W-38/40A/40B Brody

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs invites you to attend an event in recognition of the 2018 National Postdoc Appreciation Week to acknowledge the contributions of our ECU postdoctoral scholars and their importance to our research community.  Postdocs, their mentors and families, have been invited for a brief program and mixer. ECU postdoctoral scholar activities and research accomplishments for the past year will be highlighted, ECU’s Outstanding Paper award winner will be announced, and refreshments with heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Please RSVP via Outlook so that we are able to place an accurate refreshment order.


NPAW Visiting Speaker

As our NPAW visiting speaker for the day, we have invited Dr. Tracy Costello. Dr. Costello is chair of the Board of Directors of the National Postdoctoral Association and Director of Postdoctoral Affairs at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Fla..  She earned her doctorate in biomathematics & biostatistics and human & molecular genetics – funded in part by an R25 predoctoral fellowship in cancer prevention – from the University of Texas MD Anderson UT Health Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Houston. Her recent editorial in Science can be found here online.


Other NPAW Events

  • 1 p.m.: Dr. Costello will be presenting an open session, “Mentoring the Next Generation of Postdoctoral Scholars.”
  • 2:30 p.m.: Postdoctoral scholars will attend a hands-on seminar and workshop, “Networking Success Secrets,” where they will engage in interactive activities to:
    • Understand that building a network is about building relationships
    • How to start a conversation and engage in small talk
    • Master a perfect handshake
    • Create a 5-word introduction
    • Construct a 30-second elevator pitch
    • Leverage social media to build their network

Postdoctoral Scholars Resources




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Kathryn Verbanac
Director of Postdoctoral Affairs
(252) 737-4812
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Becky Gardner
Business Officer
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