Welcome to UNMC  and congratulations on your appointment! This checklist has been prepared to ease your transition into your new position. Although specific departments/units may have additional requirements, in general here's what  you'll need to do when you arrive on campus:

  • Check-in with PI. Your PI will introduce you to the people you'll be working with and help you become familiar with your work area. Your PI may also know of additional steps required by your department.
  • Check-in with Department Administrator to discuss:
    •  Payroll paperwork;
      • if a U.S. citizen, bring your (1) Social Security card and (2) passport or drivers license;
      • if an international postdoc, bring your (1) Social Security card or SSN request letter and (2) identifying documents as listed on Form I-9
    • Door access and keys
    • UNMC Employee number for parking application
    • UNMC email address
    • Procedure for obtaining a Social Security Number (SSN), if applicable
    • UNMC benefits eligibility
  • Go to the Student Center to pick up ID card
  • Check-in with International Affairs Office if you're an international scholar with a J-1 or H1B visa. Be sure to ask about the New International Scholar Orientation
  • Visit Parking Services to buy parking permit
  • If you’re an international postdoc, obtain a Social Security number (SSN). Visit the Social Security Administration (SSA) to apply for a SSN only after you've been in the US for at least 10 days. The SSA will give you a letter confirming your request for a SSN. You'll need to show your department administrator this letter to receive your pay
  • Open a checking/savings account. Having an account with the Credit Union or one of the many banks in Omaha allows you easy access to your money and simplifies many common transactions (e.g., direct deposit of your paycheck and withdrawals from citywide ATMs)
  • Enroll in UNMC benefits. You have 31 days from your date of hire to visit the Benefits Office to enroll. We strongly recommend meeting personally with a benefits representative to ensure you receive all available benefits for you and your family Set up an appointment by calling 402-559-5911 
  • Visit us at the Office of Postdoctoral Studies. We'll give you a welcome packet and ask you to provide your contact information so we can send you important announcements. If you have questions, please email us at unmcpostdoc@unmc.edu. 
  • Register your vehicle with the state of Nebraska and obtain a Nebraska driver’s license
  • Attend New Employee Orientation within a month of your arrival.  View orientation information
  • Complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training.
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