“Postdoctoral scholar” describes an individual holding a doctoral degree or equivalent terminal degree who is engaged in a temporary and defined period of formally mentored research or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of their choosing. These positions may also include mentored instruction, although it should not constitute the majority of the appointment. At the time of appointment, hiring documentation must include an articulated program of mentoring with an identified mentor. With each contract renewal, the incumbent’s mentor will need to certify that the incumbent has an active individual development plan as evidence of active mentorship.
Postdoctoral appointments require a doctoral degree or equivalent terminal degree in the field.
Classification, Rank, and Title
Postdoctoral appointments have the classification of “postdoctoral scholar.” The category for a postdoctoral appointment is “postdoctoral scholar.” The rank for a postdoctoral appointment is “postdoctoral scholar.” The title for a postdoctoral appointment is “postdoctoral scholar.”
Appointments and Contract Renewals
Generally, postdoctoral appointments are structured as one-year renewable contracts and are limited to three years. Upon approval of Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, appointments may be extended up to an additional two years beyond the three-year maximum.
Postdoctoral scholars are faculty appointments in the faculty bargaining unit represented by United Academics. The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University of Oregon and United Academics governs the terms and conditions of employment for postdoctoral scholars.
Externally Paid Postdoctoral Appointments
Postdoctoral scholars who are funded externally and have no employment relationship with the university may be given courtesy faculty appointments at the discretion of the university. In these cases, the classification would be “courtesy,” the rank would be “fellow,” and the title would be “postdoctoral fellow.” Courtesy postdoctoral appointment requests must also include an articulated program of mentoring with an identified mentor. Courtesy faculty appointments are not represented by United Academics because they are not UO employees.
Units wishing to make appointments in the postdoctoral rank should follow the University of Oregon recruitment guidelines found on Human Resources - Recruitment website.
The provost or their designee may make exceptions to this guidance that are consistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement based on the individual circumstances of the appointment and the interests of the university.