A postdoctoral position is a short-term, training position which should lead to a research career in academics, private industry, or government. Appointments are established for an initial period of one year, with the possibility of being re-appointed annually for an additional three years, not to exceed a total of four years. A four year time period for postdoctoral training has become the recommended length for most universities. A time-limited appointment protects the postdoc from an indefinite length of stay in a training position and is an adequate period for transition into full time positions with appropriate salaries and benefits.

In some cases, a faculty member may wish to extend an individual's postdoctoral appointment beyond the fourth year. If so, a written request to the Associate Dean of the Office of Postdoctoral Education should be made before the end of the postdoc's fourth year. Requests for a fifth year must include a mutually agreed upon and detailed career development plan for the postdoc signed by both the mentor and the postdoc. In all cases, appointment as a postdoctoral scholar at UAB is limited to a period not to exceed five years.

Postdocs in UAB News

  • After 30 years at UAB, VP Marchase announces plans to retire
    Longtime VP for Research and Economic Development Richard B. Marchase, Ph.D., plans to retire at the end of 2016. During his tenure, UAB annual research expenditures grew from $331 million to $510 million.
  • New role for immature brain neurons in the dentate gyrus identified
    Researchers have proposed a model that resolves a seeming paradox in one of the most intriguing areas of the brain, exploring how immature granule cells in the dentate gyrus appear able to enhance pattern separation due to lesser synaptic connectivity than mature cells.
  • Palliative care makes every moment count
    Palliative care helps patients get the most out of life, whether they’re newly diagnosed, a survivor, or nearing the end of their journey. UAB’s palliative care pioneers provide a fresh look at the fast-growing specialty and its emphasis on listening, choices, patient goals, and quality of life.
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