University of Nebraska Medical Center

Navigating Your First Year

Thank you for choosing UNMC for your postdoctoral education.

We hope your time here is productive, fulfilling and better prepares you for the next stage in your career. Make sure you read our arrival checklist to see what you should do on your first day on campus.


Get acquainted with life at UNMC and Omaha by attending two orientations.

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Required Training

Within the first year, all postdocs need to complete an Individual Development Plan, take online CITI training and attend an in-person workshop on Responsible Conduct in Research.

Annual Evaluations

The annual performance evaluation is a critical opportunity for a postdoctoral scholar to meet and discuss goals, objectives and performance with their mentor. Annual evaluations are conducted through UNeVal, the University of Nebraska's employee evaluation system.

The evaluation process is:

  • The postdoc and their mentor receive a notification roughly two months before the evaluation is due.
  • The postdoc initiates the process through a self-appraisal.
  • The mentor completes their evaluation of the postdoc.
  • The two meet and discuss the appraisal.

Since completion of the evaluation is a condition for contract renewal, it is critical that postdocs keep the Office of Postdoctoral Education informed about changes to their lab or mentor.

Read the online performance evaluation guidelines.