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 Levels for Research Fellows

On February 7, 2020, the NIH issued its new stipend policy for Research Fellows supported by NIH training grants and fellowships. This new policy provides for an increase for all levels of experience, effective 10/1/19. This increase raises the base stipend level for all Einstein postdoctoral researchers from $50,004 to $52,704. Reflecting this change, our full policy for Research Fellows is reiterated below.

Policy for Research Fellows Supported by NIH Training Grants and Fellowships as of 10/1/19 

Stipend levels for Research Fellows, supported by NIH training grants and fellowships, will continue to be governed by the rules of the funding agency.

Research Fellows on Federal National Research Service Awards (T32’s and F32’s)

  1. The stipend schedule is as follows:
    Years of Relevant Postdoctoral Experience Base Stipend
    0 52,704
    1 53,076
    2 53,460
    3 55,596
    4 57,456
    5 59,580
    6 61,800
    7 or more 64,008
  2. These stipend levels are effective only for awards beginning on or after 10/1/19.
  3. Stipends for Research Fellows on NIH training grants and fellowships may be supplemented commensurate with the training, expertise, and productivity of the individual. However, supplements may only be paid from non-federal sources.
  4. Stipend level adjustments to the next step can be made only on the anniversary date of initiation of the fellowship or the appointment date of the trainee.
  5. Increases in stipend supplements for Research Fellows can be implemented at any time if appropriate non-federal funding sources are available.
  6. Research Fellows must be reviewed with regard to performance at least annually.

Policy for All Other Research Fellows 

For Research Fellows who are funded from sources other than federal training grants, federal fellowships and non-federal fellowships:

  1. The Albert Einstein College of Medicine will continue to have a minimum stipend level. Effective immediately the minimum stipend level for Research Fellows at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine will be the NIH base minimum of $52,704. 
  2. No Research Fellow will be hired below the prevailing minimum stipend level. Incumbent Research Fellows will be incremented to at least the prevailing minimum stipend level within two months of this notice (April 2020). Mentors are encouraged to exceed this minimum stipend level commensurate with the training, expertise, and productivity of the individual. The NIH stipend schedule for NRSA fellows is a reasonable guide to postdoctoral starting stipends.
  3. Increases in stipends for Research Fellows can be implemented at any time, but must be done at least annually. The magnitude of this increment is left to the discretion of the mentor, commensurate with the training, expertise and productivity of the individual, as long as the final stipend is at or above the prevailing minimum stipend level. The NIH stipend schedule for NRSA fellows is a reasonable guide to such increases.
  4. Research Fellows must be reviewed with regard to performance at least annually.
  5. For Research Fellows who receive direct payment from an external source that is less than the prevailing minimum, the PI will provide a supplement to bring the total stipend to a level that is no less than the prevailing minimum, and will review the individual at least annually as described above.
 

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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