Information and Recommendations for Best Practices for the Life Cycle of the Postdoctoral Scholar

A postdoc is an individual holding a doctoral degree who is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored research and or technological training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills and experience needed to be an independent researcher

Postdoctoral Scholars (commonly referred to as postdocs) hold doctoral degrees and are pursuing research and/or scholarly training for careers in the public or private sectors. Research is the primary activity of postdocs, and scholarly publications are the main tangible outcomes. Faculty supervisors mentor postdocs by assisting them with career development and the attainment of research skills. Postdoc appointments are temporary, must be at least half-time, and cannot exceed five years.