Grainger Distinguished Postdoc Program

The Grainger Distinguished Postdoctoral Program is committed to impartially identifying and nurturing emerging leaders who will play a pivotal role in cultivating a more diverse and inclusive research culture at The Grainger College of Engineering. By applying to our postdoctoral pool, applicants automatically become eligible for consideration for all postdoctoral positions across Grainger Engineering's various academic departments and research institutes and centers.

Those chosen will have the opportunity to become part of a postdoctoral cohort, engaging in a program designed to foster the comprehensive growth of postdoctoral fellows. While emphasizing research, the program is equally dedicated to providing valuable resources, creating professional development opportunities and establishing a robust network of professional fellows.

Professional Development

Participate in workshops and seminars including grant writing and networking, research integrity, and entrepreneurship.


Receive mentorship from faculty dedicated to guiding the next generation of engineering and computing leaders.



Build a strong professional network of researchers and scholars in engineering, science, medicine and beyond.

How to Apply

The pool application portal is now open. To apply, please submit your application under the header "Postdoctoral Associate — 2023-24". Applications will be reviewed in two primary rounds — round one begins November 15, 2023, and round two begins April 15, 2024. Submit your application by these dates for earliest consideration. Rolling applications are accepted through June 30, 2024.

Applicants must provide:

  • Contact information for three references. 
  • Individual PDF documents:
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Research statement (two page max)
    • Statement on past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion through research, teaching and/or service (two page max). View the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement Guidelines for help getting started. 

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