New office to support postdoctoral fellows
Michigan State University has established the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, providing increased support for the work and work lives of the university’s postdoctoral fellows and continued support for the activities of the MSU Postdoctoral Association.
Antonio Nunez, associate dean for academic affairs and postdoctoral education, will serve as the office’s faculty adviser and interim director while MSU conducts a search for a director next year. Nunez’s appointment will be effective Jan. 1.
Nunez received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Florida State University in 1977, and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health to do research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He joined the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program at MSU in 1980, where he holds the title of full professor. His research is in the areas of neuroendocrinology and chronobiology and his laboratory has been funded over the last 35 years by research grants from several NIH institutes and the National Science Foundation.
The new office will have many responsibilities, including enhancement of career development resources available to postdoctoral scholars, as well as improvement of the postdoctoral experience at MSU.
MSU is home to nearly 500 research associates and postdoctoral fellows who have been served by the graduate school, but are not graduate students. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs’ goal is to support them and help them to make a successful transition to other roles.
The office space is currently being prepared on the first floor of Owen Hall and is expected to open in early 2019.