Postdoctoral Association

The Postdoctoral Association at Wright State University, founded in May 2010, is aimed at providing a centralized source of information and support for both mentors and postdoctoral fellows.

Our Mission

The mission of the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) at Wright State University is to establish, nourish, and sustain an academic and administrative community for both mentors and postdoctoral fellows so that the latter can focus on research training and professional development, thereby fostering independent research, recognition, and positive change.


  • To provide oversight and coordination responsibilities for postdoctoral training and research
  • To offer a complete series of programs with emphasis on and enhancement of career development, as well as personal development
  • To foster a sense of community and identity among the postdoctoral scholars and improve interactions between postdocs and faculty
  • To facilitate the integration of postdoctoral scholars into the research and teaching establishment
  • To provide a forum for discussion of postdoctoral issues (e.g. career development, salary, mentoring) and for social gatherings and scholarly camaraderie
  • To offer information to new and existing postdocs (e.g. welcoming committees, foreign visas, opportunities for research and career development grants, housing locations, childcare, etc)
  • To connect Wright State postdocs with national organizations such as the National Postdoctoral Association



Having a successful PDA provides a voice for the postdocs, thus leading to changes that improve their personal and professional development as well as the overall postdoc experience.


Better trained postdocs, job postings, better candidates for institutional training grants (e.g. NIH, NSF), positive recruitment tool, collaborative research


Postdoc training, orientation, postdoc alumni network, talent retention, interdisciplinary recognition, enhancement of competition, many events aimed at postdocs will also attract, and be very relevant to, graduate student training


Faculty Advisor

Caroline G.L. Cao, Ph.D.

Executive Board

Matt Martin, Ph.D. - President
Jinling Wang, Ph.D. - Vice President, Treasurer
Ji Chen, Ph.D. - Secretary
Valerie Neff, Ph.D. - Social Chair
Nadja Grobe, Ph.D. - Web design

If you would like to know the schedule of our next meeting or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact the PDA representative at WSU, Matt Martin, by email ( or phone (937) 775-4903.