The University of Alabama, Office for Academic Affairs

Academic Personnel Category Policy - Postdoctoral Positions

Unit:  Academic Affairs
Contact: Dr. Lesley Reid
Title:  Associate Provost
Effective Date: 5/1/2017
Revision Date: 06/16/2022


 
 

Purpose

This policy provides guidance on the appointment of personnel into postdoctoral positions.

Policy

Postdoctoral positions provide a unique opportunity for individuals to pursue intensive study or research after completion of the doctoral degree. Frequently, postdoctoral appointments are under the direction of a senior faculty member who serves as a mentor for the postdoctoral appointee during the internship experience. Postdoctoral appointees are more similar to advanced graduate students than to junior faculty members or entry-level research positions. Thus, personnel policies are different for these positions than for other personnel categories of Faculty, Administrative/Professional, Research Positions, and Non-Exempt Staff. Appointments to postdoctoral positions are either temporary full-time or temporary part-time and are classified as either Postdoctoral Fellow I or Postdoctoral Fellow II.

Postdoctoral Positions

Description

This position provides for an internship and continuation of scholarly activity and research after achieving the Ph.D. or other doctoral degree.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow I:  All incoming (first time at UA) postdoctoral fellows are classified as Postdoctoral Fellow I and can be either temporary full-time or temporary part-time. These Fellows are not required to participate in the Teachers' Retirement System of Alabama and may be employed for a maximum of three years.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow II: After an individual has spent three years in the Postdoctoral Fellow I classification, he/she will automatically be reclassified as a Postdoctoral Fellow II. The change in job classification will not be accompanied by a salary adjustment. In a Postdoctoral Fellow II classification, the individual will be required to participate in the Teachers' Retirement System. Individuals may be employed in this classification for a maximum of three years for a total of six years in both positions. After six years, in order to remain at UA, the individual must be moved into a faculty or research scientist position.

Salary

The minimum salary scale for postdoctoral positions is determined/approved by the Office of Academic Affairs each year.

Benefits

Personnel in postdoctoral positions are included in Blue Cross/Blue Shield Health Insurance. Personnel are not eligible for participation in any other University-sponsored benefits including vacation and sick leave. A prior special waiver exempts postdoctoral personnel from participation in the Teachers' Retirement System of Alabama in the second and third years in a Postdoctoral Fellow I appointment. In a Postdoctoral Fellow II classification, the individual will be required to participate in the Teachers' Retirement System of Alabama.

Scope

This policy applies to individuals hired into postdoctoral positions.

 
 

Office of the Provost

Approved by Dr. Lesley Reid, Associate Provost, 06/16/2022