Postdoctoral Studies

Postdoctoral Policies

Policies governing postdoctoral fellows at Albert Einstein College of Medicine are administered by the Belfer Institute for Advanced Biomedical Studies. The Belfer office manages the appointment of new postdocs, monitors salaries and oversees housing policy, health insurance and other benefits. Postdoctoral policies at Einstein are summarized in the links below.

Individual questions about any aspect of postdoctoral life should be addressed to the Belfer administrator, Mary Anne Clifford, at maryanne.clifford@einstein.yu.edu, or at 718.430.3191.

 

Appointment and Reappointment Policies and Procedures

At Einstein, a postdoctoral researcher is appointed a "research fellow." The position of postdoctoral researcher is defined as a period of intense postgraduate research, performed under the guidance of a mentor.  General Information regarding the recruitment and appointment of a postdoctoral investigator can be found here.

The appointment process is initiated by the department in which the individual will be a postdoctoral researcher. The office of Human Resources is responsible for verification of credentials and the office of Academic Appointments (Room 1202 Belfer, 718.430.2844) processes the official appointment and reappointment letters. Criteria for postdoctoral appointment include proof of satisfactory completion of a doctoral degree and eligibility to work legally in the United States.

Health Benefits

Full-time postdoctoral fellows at Albert Einstein College of Medicine are eligible for the following benefits: health, dental and vision coverage, access to reimbursement accounts for eligible healthcare, dependent care and transportation expenses, a retirement plan and disability benefits.

For more information about the various healthcare plans and benefits available to postdoctoral fellows please visit the Human Resources website.

 

Housing Policies and Procedures

Albert Einstein College of Medicine owns several apartment buildings on or near the campus, including 1579 Rhinelander Avenue, which is reserved for postdoctoral researchers and their families. Postdoctoral researchers are allowed to occupy an apartment in Einstein housing for a maximum of three years, as described in the Housing Policies and Procedures

 All Einstein housing is managed by the Einstein housing office and all occupancy is subject to the policies and procedures outlined above and in the Housing Policy Handbook, a copy of which is available in the housing office.

 The Belfer Institute office maintains the postdoctoral waiting list for on-campus housing. The list includes eligible postdoctoral researchers at Einstein who wish to reside in Einstein housing, as well as eligible postdoctoral researchers whose appointments have not yet started. For a postdoctoral researcher to get on the waiting list, the Housing Eligibility Form must be completed, and submitted to the Belfer Institute office with a copy of the postdoctoral researcher's C.V. For postdoctoral fellows who have not yet arrived, the signed letter of acceptance of the position must also be provided. A new postdoctoral researcher will not be eligible for an apartment until the Belfer Institute has verified that the arriving postdoctoral researcher has received his/her graduate degree or has provided acceptable documentation from the degree-granting institution that all requirements for receiving the degree have been satisfied. Once a postdoctoral researcher is on the official waiting list, the Belfer Institute is responsible for notification of availability.  

 

Paid and Unpaid Leave

For policies regarding vacation, sick days and leave, postdoctoral fellows should refer to the postdoctoral Paid and Unpaid Leave Policy. Recipients of a Kirschstein-NRSA fellowship should refer to the Paid and Unpaid Leave Policy Kirschstein-NRSA.

 

International Students and Scholars Office

Many postdoctoral researchers at the College of Medicine are foreign nationals. Alexia Pakiela serves as manager of the international students and scholars office (ISSO), and is available to help postdoctoral researchers regarding visas and immigration status.  The ISSO is located in Room 1201 of the Belfer building; 718.430.2850 or alexia.pakiela@einstein.yu.edu.

 

Stipend Level/Salary Policy

On November 27, 2018, the NIH issued the new stipend levels for postdoctoral fellows for FY2019.  For institutional training grants (T32, T90, TL1) and individual fellowships (F32), the minimum stipend level for postdoctoral fellows is $50,004.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine will continue to have a minimum stipend level/salary policy. Effective immediately, the minimum stipend level for Research Fellows at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine will be the NIH base minimum of $50,004. 

The NIH stipend schedule for FY 2019 is as follows: 

Years of Relevant 
Postdoctoral Experience
Base Stipend

0

50,004

1

50,376

2

50,760

3

52,896

54,756

56,880 

6

59,100

7 or more

61,308

 

Termination Policy

Albert Einstein College of Medicine requires a minimum of two months' notice prior to termination. Principal investigators are urged to give postdoctoral researchers as much notice as possible, to facilitate the postdoctoral researcher’s finding a new position. The procedure for termination can be accessed here.

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