Appointment Length

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.

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  • Enjoy wine, craft beers, live music from Eric Essix and a silent auction all for a good cause at this annual fundraiser presented by the National Alumni Society.The University of Alabama at BirminghamNational Alumni Society will host the sixth annual Uncork Education fundraiser Sunday, Nov. 9. The event is set for 6-8 p.m. at the UAB National Alumni Society House, 1301 10th Ave. South. In 2013, more than $53,000 was raised for scholarships through this fundraising evening. Guests...

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