Information for Mentors

The links to the left are provided to assist you in the appointment of a Postdoctoral Scholar and the establishment of the terms and conditions for the position offer. The Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) is here to facilitate this process, so please do not hesitate to contact us should questions arise. Listed below are some important points I would like you to consider in making the appointment. We have found them very helpful in avoiding misunderstandings during the training97aa066dcc42404e7602768333af5659 L period:

Postdoctoral Scholars have terms and conditions, including vacation, UAB minimum salary, and maternity/paternity leave to which they are entitled according to UAB policy. 

At the time of making an offer the resources must be available for both the salary and requirements for training for the period of the appointment (one year). If you have concerns in this area, please discuss with the chair of your department before making this commitment.

Appointments are for one year and may be renewable annually for up to an additional three years upon written agreement between the mentor and the postdoc.

If the mentor does not intend to re-appoint the postdoc for another year, the mentor must notify the postdoc in writing three months prior to the re-appointment date. Following the first year of appointment and in subsequent years, if it is apparent that funding will no longer be available or for any other reason, a minimum of three months notice prior to termination must be given to the postdoc in writing by the mentor. The 3 month notice would start from a mutually agreed upon date.

The offer letter should include a description of performance expectations, responsibilities and position requirements.

The primary purpose for a postdoctoral position is for training and you are encouraged early in the appointment to establish performance bench marks, monitor progress, and record keeping on a regular basis. Formal feed back is appropriate in a training environment and if problems do arise then it is important to document these together with any corrective action you have instituted.

We offer a salary enhancement award twice yearly, on a competitive basis, for outstanding candidates known as the Career Enhancement Award.

We all recognize what an important role Postdoctoral Scholars play in the research environment at UAB. The Office of Postdoctoral Education is here to help ensure that this is a rewarding experience for both the mentors and trainees. Please contact us if you have any suggestions or comments on this process or any other aspect of Postdoctoral Education at UAB.

Sincerely,


Lisa M. Schwiebert, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Office of Postdoctoral Education

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  • The new Alabama Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education is part of the American Council on Education’s Women’s Network, a national system of state networks focused on advancing and supporting women in higher education.From left: Lisa Schwiebert, Shilpa Register, Wendy Gunther-Canada and Janelle ChiaseraA group of women at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is paying it forward with the creation of a state network committed to developing and advancing women leaders in higher...

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