Postdoctoral Scholar Classification

Postdoctoral scholars advance institutional research and scholarship and enhance professional skills and research training for individuals who recently received a doctoral degree (or equivalent).

Individuals in these positions do not engage in instruction except on a part-time and occasional basis, and are not expected to supervise other professional staff.

NIU faculty or research scholars/scientists are responsible for the mentorship of their postdoc by providing the following:

  • An active line of research or scholarship that will enhance the postdoctoral scholar’s own research and scholarly development.
  • Fundamentals of grantsmanship and proposal best practices including identification of key research questions, aims and objectives, project timelines, and program management.
  • Opportunities for interaction with other practitioners in their field, including dissemination of their work at conferences, workshops, and seminars.
  • Instruction in professional practices of research integrity, scientific method, laboratory safety, and other discipline practices.
  • Counseling on positioning for future employment in academia, government, or industry.

*The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires postdoc mentoring plans (DMP) as part of the proposal and funding evaluation process.

Postdoctoral Scholars are exempt from Civil Service under section 36e4 and are classified as temporary Supportive Professional Staff (SPS). Appointments are on a limited-term basis.

A search is not required for these positions.

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