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Postdoctoral Information

All qualifying postdoctoral positions will move to regular PNA staff positions effective January 1, 2009.

In an effort to better serve our postdoctoral candidates within the university, all current and future postdoc positions will be moving to PNA staff effective January 1, 2009. This will provide postdoctoral employees, including non-resident aliens, compliance with wage standards, affirmative action and current regulations as required by state and federal guidelines.  These candidates will be eligible for retirement benefits and the accrual of vacation and sick leave as of January 2009.

Additional information concerning postdocs is available at Postdoc Facts (PDF).

Postdoctoral Exception Approval Form (DOC) should be used when the department wishes to offer a salary over the maximum of the grade and in the event the department wishes to have a postdoc appointment in the D12 category due to pay source restrictions.

Postdoctoral Appointment Letter Template (DOC) should be used for the preparation of appointment letters for incoming postdoctoral positions.

Human Resources has prepared a Postdoc Checklist (PDF) to assist departments during the conversion process.

The following job specifications have been provided in order to determine the most appropriate job title and job code for the current postdoctoral position.

The following template JDF's have been prepared in order to assist departments.


All postdoctoral employees must meet federal and state wage requirements as appropriate for exempt employees. Current FLSA requires a minimum of $23,660 annually at full time status. The salary may not be included with outside monies being granted from other agencies. Future postdoctoral positions will follow the same hiring practices and guidelines as current staff positions.

Please contact the office of Employment Services with any questions or concerns via phone at 852-6542 or via email at

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