Washington University in St. Louis is committed to excellence in research and education, and recognizes that postdoctoral researchers make a critical contribution to the University’s overall research mission through the generation of new ideas, sharing of research knowledge, and the publication of research results.

Mission Statement

To be an advocate for postdoctoral researchers and postdoctoral issues, to create and provide training and career development opportunities for postdoctoral researchers, to be a central resource for information regarding postdoctoral training and to assist in the development of a diverse community of postdoctoral researchers.

COVID-19 Information

Postdoctoral Appointees follow university announcements and guidelines for Staff / Trainees

  • The Emergency Management Page is the centralized location for all Washington University information
  • Washington University and BJC HealthCare hotline for concerns regarding COVID-19 exposure or illness: 314-362-5056 or 314-362-5050
  • The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research website has information for researchers, including links to funding agency guidelines and research continuity plans
  • Postdocs may also receive specific information from their area or department leadership and determinations of essential work. If a postdoc has a question or concern, contact Dr. Heckler.
  • For leave policies: Communicable Diseases Policy
  • Reliable news sources with COVID-19 information.
  • Mental Health Resource

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is working from home until April 22 per university guidance. We will check voicemail regularly, but email is the best contact for a faster response. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Campus Box 8060

Medical School Office:
4th floor, Becker Medical Library

Danforth Campus Office:
Skandalaris Center

If you have any questions, please contact the Office. We look forward to hearing from you!

Erin Heckler, PhD
Director of Postdoctoral Affairs

John Russell, PhD
Faculty Advisor, Professor in Developmental Biology

Paula Williams
Administrative Assistant

***Note:  The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs does not provide employment or fellowship verifications.  Please contact Human Resources, the GME office (if applicable) or the specific department where the person trained or worked.