Postdoctoral Policies Have Been Changed

March 17, 2017

Policy changes relating to the terms of eligibility for postdoctoral researchers, particularly in the natural sciences and engineering, have become effective as of March 1, 2017.  In summary, the changes are as follows:

  • Postdoctoral research associates appointed in the natural sciences and engineering may now serve in rank for five years.
  • Postdoctoral research associate candidates being recommended for appointment in the natural sciences or engineering who join the University having already completed a three-year postdoctoral appointment elsewhere, may now be appointed at Princeton as a postdoc for a maximum of three years, thus bringing the total years in rank to six years. Individuals joining Princeton from a second postdoc term elsewhere who are five years beyond Ph.D. will not be eligible for appointment as a postdoctoral research associate.

Details regarding all changes may be found in the Rules and Procedures of the Professional Researchers and Professional Specialists (Chapter V).