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Postdoctoral appointees are critical to the success of the RBHS research goals and their contribution to Rutgers' research is highly valued. The University supports its post-doctoral appointees and believes they should be offered compensation, benefits and an academic environment commensurate with their training and abilities. Toward that end, the RBHS Policy for Postdoctoral Fellows was revised July 2013. The major points are listed below. For the complete policy go to: Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Policy on Postdoctoral Appointees.

  1. Because the term "fellow" is used to describe a variety of positions, the designation of Postdoctoral Appointee is used in place of Postdoctoral Fellow. This remains a full time position for individuals who have recently earned a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, and who join the University for a limited time to continue advanced research training under the supervision of a member of the faculty. The maximum time at RBHS is five years, with a total allowable postdoctoral experience of six years.

  2. All newly appointed Postdoctoral Appointees must receive financial support no lower than the current NIH NRSA support appropriate to the relevant years of experience. To enable faculty to prepare for changes in NIH stipend scales, the new scales will not be implemented until the following July 1.

  3. Annual salary increases for Postdoctoral Appointees should at least equal the next NRSA step for years of relevant experience based on the salary scale in effect when the appointment was made. Principal Investigators with grants funded prior to July 1, 2003, may limit the increase to 6% if the next NRSA step is greater than that amount.

  4. The content of the Letter of Appointment is defined and a sample is appended.

  5. Benefits are specified, and include a University-sponsored group health plan, term life insurance, up to 15 days of sick leave per year, one day accrued paid vacation per calendar month of appointment, and up to six weeks new child leave (which includes vacation and sick time) with full pay.

  6. Each Postdoctoral Appointee shall receive an annual written evaluation of academic progress, with a copy submitted to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. No specific form is required, but a sample generic Performance Assessment Form is provided by the OPA.

  7. Statements regarding Mediation Services, Resignation, Termination, Obligations of the Mentor and Obligations of the Postdoctoral Appointee. The University has established an Ombudsman policy to address grievances.

Additional Benefits not in the RBHS Policy

  • Postdoctoral Appointees are eligible for membership in the New York Academy of Sciences without cost for their first year.
  • Postdoctoral Appointees may attend graduate courses at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences according to the following policy.
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