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About Postdoctoral Scholars

A postdoctoral appointment is a temporary one designed to give individuals an opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The time spent as a postdoc is in preparation for a career progression in academia, industry, government, the nonprofit sector or numerous other fields. For many, especially those in the physical and life sciences, postdoctoral work is a critical step in securing future employment.

A postdoc is an individual who:

  • Has been awarded a doctoral degree (or equivalent) within the past ten years.
  • Will pursue a full-time program of advanced training and research under the direction of a faculty member with an appointment in an academic department or organized research unit.
  • Will be supported by campus research grants or contracts, by fellowships administered by the campus, or by other external sources.
  • May not have had more than five years of postdoctoral experience, including at other institutions.
  • Cannot have held or hold a tenure-track professorial appointment (assistant professor, associate professor, or professor).