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Hiring Postdoctoral Scholars

Postdoctoral Scholars are defined as individuals who have obtained a PhD or equivalent and will engage in full-time faculty mentored research and advance training.

  • The position is full-time only. There are no exceptions for less than full-time employment.
  • The minimum appointment length is 1 year.
  • The maximum appointment length for a postdoctoral scholar including any postdoctoral scholar positions at other institutions is 60 months.
  • Salary increases of at least 2% occur each year on the postdoctoral scholar anniversary date.
  • The minimum yearly salary for a postdoctoral scholar with 0 to 11 months experience is $50,004.00. Starting salaries increase with the experience levels as shown in the UW Postdoctoral Scholar Experience-Based Salary Scale, section 32.2 of the UAW Postdoctoral Scholars Contract.

Types of postdoctoral scholar titles

Postdoctoral Scholar

This title is used for officially conferred candidates who have received their diploma or an official transcript showing the date of degree conferral.

Postdoctoral Scholar Conditional

This title is used for candidates who can furnish proof of finishing all PhD requirements, but are waiting for their official conferral document. The accepted proof for completion of degree requirements is a letter from the granting university’s Graduate School official. The letter must be on official letterhead and include the future date of conferral. An individual in the conditional category will be changed to the Postdoctoral Scholar title as soon as the department receives proof of conferral.

Interim Postdoctoral Scholar

This short term title is limited to UW graduates who recently completed their PhD and need additional time to finish current projects before they move to other employment. This position is also 100% FTE and the maximum duration is 6 months. Proof of degree completion and/or conferral are required before an individual can be hired.

Initial hire process

Contact the CEE Administrative Coordinator to begin the hiring process.

Items needed for the initial appointment include:

  • An accepted offer letter using the approved UAW AFL-CIO Local 4121 language (CEE Administration will provide the appropriate offer draft)
  • Proof of degree conferral if the degree was obtained in the 12 months prior to the date of hire
  • 3 reference letters (1 of the 3 letters can be provided by the faculty supervisor)
  • A current CV
  • A completed Postdoctoral Scholar Data Sheet (This form is completed by CEE Administration)
  • A budget number for the salary

Reappointment process

Note: Supervisors must provide written notice of reappointment at least 30 days in advance of the appointment end date.

Items needed for the initial appointment include:

  • An accepted reappointment offer letter using the approved UAW ALF-CIO Local 4121 language (CEE Administration will provide the appropriate offer draft)
  • An updated CV
  • An updated Postdoctoral Scholar Data Sheet (This form is completed by CEE Administration)