Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies


Position Requirements and Description

  • Postdocs are persons who have earned a PhD, MD, DVM, EdD or equivalent doctoral-level degree. Postdocs must have their PhD or equivalent, depositing the PhD or defense at a later date is not sufficient. Postdoctoral candidates must provide proof of degree by a copy of the diploma or an authorized transcript showing the completion of the degree. In cases where a postdoctoral candidate has defended their dissertation and is waiting for proof of degree completion, an authorized transcript and letter from the university with the date of the successful dissertation defense may serve as proof of degree completion.
  • Depending on the position, have no more than 0-3 years of previous postdoctoral experience.
  • Postdoctoral Scholars are engaged in full-time scholarly research and training under the supervision of a faculty member or senior scholar, also referred to as the Principal Investigator.
  • Postdocs participate in lab meetings, give presentations and prepare manuscripts on their findings for publications in close collaboration with the Principal Investigator.
  • The postdoc position is not part of a clinical training program.

Postdoctoral Recruitment

According to the HR Research policy, Postdoctoral Scholars (Track II) appointments are exempt from University recruitment and advertising procedures. However, if the Track II Postdoctoral position is posted for recruitment and advertised by the University, an adequate search must be completed.

Postdoctoral Appointments

Postdoctoral Terms

Postdoctoral appointments are temporary, fixed term, and may be renewed on an annual basis. The initial appointment is for one year and may be renewed for a maximum of five years. A postdoc can hold a postdoctoral position for a maximum of five years. For example, if one were a postdoc at another institution for two years then the maximum eligible time to be a postdoc at the University of Miami would be three years. After the completion of a five-year term, a postdoc is no longer eligible for renewal and must exit thier position. An additional year can be granted under unusual circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. Additional time to complete work is not sufficient justification for a sixth year.

Postdoctoral Appointment Letters

Postdoctoral offer letters include the anticipated beginning and ending dates of appointment, compensation information, and may include the title and a brief explanation of the research project. The offer letter also includes information on the New Employee Orientation and the Compact between postdoctoral appointees and their mentors, which should be signed within 90 days of the start date.

The principal investigator, the director of the Postdoctoral Programs Office and a human resources representative must all sign each postdoctoral appointment letter. You will need to submit your signed offer letter to the Human Resources office. Signed appointment letters are then filed with Human Resources and the Postdoctoral Programs Office. Postdoctoral Associates will be informed of the scheduled end of their appointment at least two months before the end date.