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A postdoctoral scholar is one who has received his terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D./M.D.) and is pursuing further training. The postdoctoral scholar position is a short term training position, geared towards career, typically in academics, private industries, law firms or government. The initial appointment is for one year, with possible reappointments for two additional one-year terms. A postdoctoral scholar for the first three years of appointment is designated as a postdoctoral research associate. A postdoctoral scholar under the F or T-type training grants is designated as a postdoctoral research fellow. The extension of the postdoctoral scholar appointment beyond three years requires the approval of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs prior to the effective date of the reappointment. A written justification from the mentor for the extension is required. The appointment of postdoctoral research associate can remain the same or change to a senior research associate. The purpose of the time-bound appointment is to protect the postdoctoral scholar from an indefinite length of stay in a training position and ensure transition into his/her career in a particular area of choice.
Postdoctoral Research Associate (095075) (Postdoctoral Trainee)
Is for additional training following receipt of Ph.D. Appointment for a specified period of up to one-year with possible reappointments for two additional one-year terms. Extension of a Postdoctoral Research Associate appointment beyond three years requires the approval of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs prior to the effective date of the reappointment. A written justification for the extension should be submitted.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow or Trainee (095470) (Fellow)
Individuals who are fellows under the F-type grants or trainees under the T-type grants and have received a doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Research training at the postdoctoral level must emphasize specialized training to meet national research priorities in the biomedical, behavioral or clinical sciences. No individual fellow may have received more than three years of aggregate NRSA support, including any combination of support from NIH-funded institutional training grants and individual fellowship awards. The appointment period is one year, with annual renewal up to three years. Current stipend levels are at the NIH web site.
Senior Research Associate (098175) (Employee)
This is a postdoctoral scholar position beyond the first three years of postdoctoral scholarship or 5 years experience as a Research Associate with a doctoral degree. The extension of a postdoctoral scholar's appointment beyond 3 years requires the approval of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs prior to the effective date of re-appointment and a written justification from the mentor is required for promotion to this position.
A postdoctoral scholar is expected to participate in full-time advanced research training under the supervision and direction of a faculty mentor in his/her research program, supported by a Fellowship/Traineeship or equivalent support. The training involves participation in all relevant research and academic activities related to preparation for a scientific career. These include reading and researching literature, manuscript preparation of research findings, attendance and presentations at seminars and meetings, attendance at training related activities (e.g., workshops for grant writing/scientific presentation), and a possible training in teaching related activities by mutual agreement between the postdoctoral scholars and mentors.. A good communication and sharing of similar expectations between mentor and the scholars cannot be overemphasized for meeting these objectives.