The Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) has provided resources here to assist you in the appointment of a Postdoctoral Scholar and the establishment of the terms and conditions for the position offer. Listed below are some important points to consider in making the appointment that may be helpful in avoiding misunderstandings during the training period:97aa066dcc42404e7602768333af5659 L

  • 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).
  • 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 appointment 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 feedback 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.
  • The OPE offers a salary enhancement award twice yearly, on a competitive basis, for outstanding candidates known as the Career Enhancement Award.