Postdoctoral Trainees

Welcome from the Assistant Dean

Dr. Laura Kasman

Welcome to the Medical University of South Carolina and its Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, housed within the College of Graduate Studies at MUSC. We are excited to have you visit our website and hope that you will do so often as you seek a postdoctoral trainee position and once you join us as a postdoc at MUSC. On this page, as well as on those for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the MUSC Postdoctoral Association, you will find information concerning our policies and procedures, demographics, postdoctoral activities, career development, the university, and life in Charleston.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is excited to announce that coming soon will be APEX Achieve your best Postdoctoral EXperience - a new recruiting tool for postdocs for the College of Graduate Studies.

Please return to this site often and feel free to contact me for assistance.

Laura Kasman, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs
College of Graduate Studies


There are currently 126 postdoctoral trainees at MUSC, 87 as postdoctoral scholars and 39 as NIH postdoctoral fellows, approximately 76 percent of which are US or permanent residents and 24 percent internationals. Gender distribution is 44 percent male and 56 percent female. Of the US postdocs, 14 percent come from underrepresented ethnic or racial groups. Approximately 31 percent of MUSC postdocs are supported by either individual fellowships or NIH T32 training grants.

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Policies and Procedures pertaining to postdocs may be found here. Postdoctoral Trainees are defined at MUSC in accordance with the NIH and NSF definition: “An individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue her or his chosen career path.” All policies are constructed with this definition in mind.

All postdoc salaries are to be reviewed before onboarding and annually by the OPA. To do so, please submit an up-to-date CV of the postdoc along with a completed Salary Verification Form. Additional information on postdoc salaries and benefits may be found in PolicyTech (link coming soon).

Purpose and Function of the MUSC Postdoctoral Association (PDA)

  • Scholarly Learning: This includes inviting outside speakers, organizing workshops, continuing education and giving postdocs opportunities to present their work in local meetings.
  • Networking Activities: This includes formal and informal meetings and gatherings of postdocs. In addition, this includes social activities both at the University and outside of the University. The PDA shall have a commitment to promoting networking opportunities both within the postdoc community as well between the postdoc community and faculty.
  • Postdoc Advocacy: The PDA should be a source of information and a sounding board for complaints and concerns. The PDA is a place to pass those concerns on to the appropriate channels; however, the PDA does not, in and of itself, have authority to directly alter any policy except its own bylaws and governance. The PDA interacts with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in the College of Graduate Studies, as well as, faculty to address the concerns that are brought forward.