Postdocs

Postdoc Search

For full instructions on conducting a postdoc search please see the Search Request Process.  Postdoc search package should contain the following:

  • Chair Seach Memo

  • Search Plan

  • Protected Groups List

  • Advertisement--Attachment A

  • Recruitment Letter--Attachment B

  • Interim Pool Report---to be completed once search has been opened, before interviews are held

Criteria
 

According to the Provost Handbook of Academic Administration, Section 4.7.3 (July 2013), postdoc appointments must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be hired for at least 12 months

  2. Hold a PhD or equivalent degree

  3. Have fewer than 5 years postdoc experience

  4. Be paid through Brown University or external funding.

Postdoc Titles 
 

Postdoctoral Research Associates are employees of the University: they receive a salary and all employee benefits for which they are eligible, and the research grants or other Brown University funds which support them are assessed accordingly. Individuals are appointed on an annual basis, for a maximum term of five years.

Postdoctoral Research Fellows are in residence to conduct research supported by fellowships or training grants; they are paid stipends. Postdoc Research Fellows are not Brown employees, but they may participate in a University health and dental plan. Individuals are appointed on an annual basis, for a maximum term of five years.

Forms Required to Hire a New Postdoc
 

  1. Chair Memo (signed, dated, on letterhead)

  2. PDAF

  3. Current CV 

  4. LOR, three (3) - Acceptable formats:

    1. Hard copy, signed, dated, on letterhead OR

    2. Email, with date, and official signature line including name, title, and institution of recommender.

  5. Proof of PhD - Acceptable formats:

    1. Documentation from authorized official of the degree-granting institution certifying all degree requirements have been met and that the thesis has been turned in (signed, dated, on letterhead)

    2. Photocopy of doctoral diploma

    3. Memo from graduate mentor or Department Chair attesting to completion of requirements and that the thesis has been turned in (signed, dated, on letterhead) 

      Note: On first day of work, postdoc must provide either 1 or 2 if not provided when paperwork was processed.