University of Southern California


Postdoctoral Scholars

The University of Southern California recognizes the importance of assisting Postdoctoral Scholars as they develop into independent investigators. It is our goal to assist scholars who have completed their doctoral degrees (Ph.D., Sc.D., M.D., D.D.S., J.D. and equivalent doctorates) by preparing them for full-time academic or research careers, under the guidance of senior scholars.

Postdoctoral Scholars are hired in any of three categories:

Postdoctoral Research Associates work as university employees under the direction of a faculty member. This is the most common category of appointment.

Postdoctoral Fellows are externally funded student appointments, in which the postdoctoral scholar executes a mentored research plan. Fellows are not directed to do work on behalf of the mentor or university.

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows are university employees who combine teaching and research.

USC does not provide centralized recruiting for postdoctoral scholars. Individual faculty, centers, programs and schools offer various programs that hire postdoctoral scholars. To be considered for a position, it is best for candidates to directly contact faculty within their areas of interest.

For more information on postdoctoral scholars at USC, contact the Office of Research at: 213-740-6709 or