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Scott Burghart,
Director of Graduate and Postdoctoral Education
Office: WCH 104BB
(512) 232-1074

Scott Burghart


Po-Tsan Ku,
Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Career Development Specialist
Office: PAI 5.03
(512) 232-0681



General Information

The Office of the Vice President for Research supports a Postdoctoral Office that provides valuable information and resources for both current and incoming postdoctoral scholars:


Scott Burghart (Director for Postgraduate Education) maintains an email listserv for CNS postdocs, with information about upcoming events and activities specifically for postdocs.


CNS Postdoc Handbook

The CNS Postdoc Handbook is an online resource that is maintained by the CNS Postdoc Association leadership team with input from postdocs across the college. This resource may be particularly useful to new postdocs in the college, with a wide variety of information about resources and ways to stay connected and informed during your training experience at UT-Austin.


Funding Opportunities

Information about postdoctoral funding opportunities is regularly updated on the College of Natural Sciences Strategic Research Initiatives website.

If you need help identifying the departmental support staff who can assist you with proposal preparation and getting the necessary permissions from UT to submit a proposal, you can contact: cns_sri@austin.utexas.edu Keep in mind that you should begin the administrative process at least 2 weeks in advance of your deadline.


Concentration in Teaching and Mentoring

The Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science offers a free curriculum for graduate students and postdocs interested in learning to teach and mentor effectively. These courses will allow grads/postdocs to expand their knowledge and experience in teaching and mentoring undergraduates beyond what is typically gained from a TA experience. Postdocs who complete the concentration will earn the CNS Graduate Concentration in Teaching and Mentoring. More information about these courses is available here.

Concentration in Communicating Science

In partnership with the Moody College of Communication, postdocs can participate in a free semester-long experience designed to hone their ability to effectively describe their research to various audiences. Details about this concentration can be found here.


Concentration in Leadership and Project Management

We offer two free courses through the McCombs School of Business that enhance the leadership abilities of participants. Postdocs can earn the concentration by completing Leading People and Organizations and Strategic Management. Dates of these offerings can be found here.

University Support Services

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) facilitates visa paperwork for faculty and scholars and provides advice, programs, information and service to the international community.

The Office of the Faculty Ombuds is an independent, neutral and informal problem-solving resource for both faculty and postdoctoral scholars. The office can assist postdocs with work-related difficulties, such as interpersonal conflicts or misunderstandings, and academic or administrative concerns.

The Employee Assistance Program provides personal consulting services to promote emotional health and wellness for UT-Austin employees.

The Behavioral Concerns Advice Line is a campus-wide service that allows any member of the university community the opportunity to report or discuss their concerns about another individual's behavior.