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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

UT's Postdoctoral Office provides valuable information and resources for both current and incoming postdoctoral scholars:

  • Visit the Postdoctoral Office website for info about employment benefits, funding opportunities, professional development and other resources.


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



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 college 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

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. 


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. 

Concentration in Science and Public Policy

Offered via a course through the LBJ School of Public Policy. 

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.