Postdoctoral Scholars and Associates are scientists in training, who carry out a research program under the guidance of a research advisor. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) define a postdoc as, “an individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path.”
The Postdoctoral program is a training period for scholars to provide them with the skills necessary to become independent researchers.
There are two classifications of post doctorates at University of Miami: Postdoctoral Associates and Postdoctoral Scholars. These categories are based upon their corresponding supporting funding source, which governs benefits and manner of tax payment. Postdoctoral appointments are distinct from those of students, staff, or faculty in their scope, time limits and nature of appointment.
are funded by extramural federal grants awarded to Principal Investigators as well as other UM funding sources. Postdoctoral Associates are classified as employees and receive employee benefits. Postdoctoral Associates follow Track I recruitment and appointment policies.
are funded by individual fellowships (NRSA) or Training Grants (T32) and receive a stipend rather than a salary. Therefore, Postdoctoral Scholars are not classified as employees. However, like Postdoctoral Associates, they receive healthcare benefits. Postdoctoral Scholars follow Track II recruitment and appointment policies.