Policies & Benefits

There are several policies & procedures that oversee postdoctoral training at Washington University.  The Washington University Postdoctoral Education Policy oversees postdoctoral appointments University-wide and the School of Medicine also utilizes a more specific School of Medicine Implementation document.  Additionally, the School of Medicine has guidelines to request for extension to the five year term limit as well guidelines to apply for a temporarily reduced schedule.

Postdoctoral Appointments

University-wide, postdocs are appointed in the titles of Postdoctoral Research Scholar (non-employee status) or Postdoctoral Research Associate (employee status).  Postdoctoral training is limited to five years, includes time spent in either title or at other institutions, and excludes clinical training.

Postdoc Salary/Stipend Amounts

As of December 1, 2016, the WU School of Medicine minimum postdoc salary/stipend amount is $47,476. For fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018), the minimum will be $47,484. This is only the minimum amount, and individual stipends/salaries should be discussed with the faculty member making the appointment. It is recommended that postdocs be reviewed annually and given raises as appropriate. (Link to Annual Review Template.) For other WU Schools, please contact the department administrator or school contact for information on postdoc salary/stipend guidelines. 

Postdoctoral Benefits

Most postdocs are eligible for the University’s generous benefit package which includes health-dental-vision insurance, life insurance, tuition remission and paid time away.

Beginning fall 2013, Washington University is instituting a new mandatory influenza vaccination policy for all faculty, staff, trainees and students engaged in patient care or working in buildings where patient care or clinical research is provided.  Please visit http://wusmhealth.wustl.edu for more information.

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