At the earliest available time following the start date of the postdoctoral scholar, the mentor is encouraged to discuss and establish a career development plan with the postdoc as well as the steps that will be necessary for both mentor and postdoc to realize these goals. The sample Personal Development Plan that is provided to the postdoc and mentor with the offer letters can be changed to suit any specific environment. Time devoted monthly to discuss immediate project and duties as well as long term goals is ideal. A formal written evaluation review yearly should assess the postdoc's progress to date, strengths, areas needing improvement, and potential career objectives.

All mentors should review the guidelines for assessment and monitoring performance in theYou and UAB Handbook for Administrative, Professional and Support Personnel, especially if the mentor anticipates or recognizes a serious problem with the work performance or conduct. Postdocs do not have a probation period as other UAB employees have so unless there is an obvious reason for immediate dismissal; mentors are required to work with a postdoc through a "progressive disciplinary" process. The goal of progressive discipline is to retain employees and to improve an employee's performance while documenting the efforts of the mentor in the event of discharge. Faculty mentors are strongly urged to follow verbal discussions of deficiencies with written documents to the postdoc, reiterating the discussion and stating objectives to improve performance. HR and the Office of Postdoctoral Education require consultation and review of documentation before dismissal can be completed. See Section 7.3 in the You and UAB handbook.

Guidelines with respect to scientific conduct are defined in the Faculty Handbook and Policies.

If for any reason, you do not intend to renew the appointment at the end of the first year, you must give notice in writing three months prior to the end of the annual contract. If funding for the support of the postdoctoral scholar becomes unavailable in subsequent years due to non-renewal, termination of the grant, or grant funds leaving UAB, the postdoc must be given three months notice.

In cases of dispute in research related aspects or in the application of terms and conditions of employment, the Postdoctoral Dispute Resolution will be applied. This resolution can be found in the Postdoc Handbook on the Postdoc website at www.postdocs.uab.edu.

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