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.

Postdocs in UAB News

  • Deadlines for abstracts are set for early fall and are open to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows and residents.Registration is open and abstracts are being accepted for the Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center symposium “Inflammation and Cardiovascular Disease,” which will be held Oct. 22-23 in the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa. Sept. 1 is the deadline for abstracts to be considered for oral presentation and the Featheringill Young Investigator Award. Oct. 2 is the...

  • A national expert in the biomedical engineering field will chair UAB’s joint department beginning Oct. 1.Written by Kendra Carter Jianyi Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., a national leader in myocardial bioenergetics, biomaterial and stem cells for cardiac repair, has been named the chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, a joint department in the schools of Medicine and Engineering. Zhang will come to UAB from the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he is...

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