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World-Class Research. Strong Clinical Collaboration. Life-Changing Impact.

As a post-doc at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, you will receive exceptional training and support at a leading-edge research institution. With myriad options for clinical partnerships, a long record of pioneering advances, and a drive to improve lives, we offer unparalleled opportunities for promising young scientists.

Medical Research at Temple

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is one of the nation’s most active centers of medical research. Every day, Temple scientists advance the fight against disease, push the boundaries of medical science, and work to alter the course of serious illness. These achievements – made through basic science and translational research – are unraveling the molecular mysteries of disease.

Our researchers have made groundbreaking discoveries across the scientific spectrum, in such areas as cancer biology, cardiovascular and thrombosis research, cell and developmental biology, HIV research, immunology and autoimmunity, neuroscience, pharmacology, pulmonary research, and substance use disorder research.

These scientists are recognized at national and international levels, and are primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Examples of our research breakthroughs include:

Focus on Translational Research

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine is closely connected to Temple University Hospital, a nationally respected academic medical center. Located directly across the street from the medical school, the hospital provides countless opportunities for researchers to collaborate with physicians and conduct cutting-edge translational research.

Moreover, the hospital’s biobank provides deidentified samples for research, which directly increases the impact of translational research.

Collaborating with Clinicians: An Example

In a recent breakthrough, our researchers found that quercetin, a plant pigment, prevents development and progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in small animal models. This discovery has led to a clinical trial to test the benefits of quercetin for COPD, in partnership with clinicians at the Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery.

Temple University clinicians participate in clinical trials initiated both by the medical school’s investigators and by outside companies. These trials also generate patient samples for research.

Our scientists partner with colleagues at other top institutions across the country and the world. For example, researchers from the School of Medicine collaborated with experts from Tulane University (in New Orleans, Louisiana) to achieve the HIV-related breakthrough described above.

For more highlights of the latest research at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, please visit our 15-plus research centers.

State-of-the-Art Research Facilities & Services

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine is based in a custom-designed, 480,000-square-foot Medical Education and Research Building, which opened in 2009.

The 11-story facility is home to more than half of the school’s research scientists. It features open lab space that facilitates investigator-trainee interaction and collaboration.

Moreover, the medical school provides the tools needed to conduct trailblazing research. This technology is housed in several centralized facilities and available to all departments.

Our core facilities and services include the Biostatistics Consulting Center, Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center, and Flow Cytometry Core, as well as the renowned Fox Chase Cancer Center and Temple University School of Pharmacy.

To learn more about these resources.

Supporting Our Post-Docs

The medical school’s Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs helps young researchers make the most of their time at Temple. The office’s knowledgeable, supportive staff offers timely and practical training that adds value to the post-doctoral experience, while continually evolving with the ever-changing training landscape.

Our strategy is to enhance our post-docs’ research skills, career development, and social and interpersonal skills. In addition to one-on-one mentoring in the lab, we provide a range of workshops, panel discussions, seminars, and networking opportunities to post-docs. These activities are designed to advance lab-management skills, grantsmanship, communication, academic and industry career exploration, and interviewing skills.

In addition, Temple’s Post-Doctoral Association, run by post-docs, holds an annual research symposium and social gatherings throughout the year.

Compensation and Benefits

Post-docs receive a highly competitive compensation package, including the stipend level and health benefits set by NIH, dental insurance, and generous paid vacation and sick days.

How to Apply

Open post-doc positions are posted at

To reach the Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs, email Dr. Uma Sajjan at or call 215-707-7139.