Appointment as a Postdoctoral Scholar requires a doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D.) or the foreign equivalent. Normally, individuals cease to be eligible for Postdoctoral Researcher positions seven years after the award of the degree. This requirement may be waived in special circumstances, such as when the individual has changed fields or had a career interruption.
An offer of employment as a Postdoctoral Scholar is conditional, subject to:
- satisfactory presentation of documented evidence of personal identification and authorization to work in the United States, as required by Federal law;
- appropriate evidence of having received the doctoral degree or another appropriate terminal degree; and
- approval by the cognizant dean.
In cases where an offer of a Postdoctoral Researcher position is extended to an international candidate, the offer is contingent upon the candidate’s having a valid visa. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that he or she is at all times in compliance with requirements of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS – formerly called the Immigration and Naturalization Services or INS). For the duration of their relationship with the University, Postdoctoral Researchers are likewise responsible for ensuring compliance at all times with BCIS requirements. All candidates are screened for eligibility to participate in Medicare, Medicaid, and other government programs as required by our corporate integrity agreement with the federal government, and also in compliance with the Homeland Security Act of 2003.