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Postdoctoral Training

Frequently Asked Questions

As of March 1, 2024, it is $56,484. This is the minimum salary that should be paid to all IU School of Medicine postdoctoral scholars. Postdoctoral scholars can be paid more than the required minimum salary by discretion of the department or principal investigator. 

The minimum salary for IU School of Medicine postdoctoral scholars is based on the NIH year 0 minimum salary as of the December prior to the new fiscal year starting July 1. This allows principal investigators to have time to adjust budgets accordingly to increase the salaries of postdoctoral scholars. There may be times when the Dean approves of increases after December under specific circumstances.

Postdoctoral scholars can be paid more than the minimum salary. We encourage faculty and postdoctoral scholars to use the NIH NRSA postdoctoral stipend levels.

Salary increases occur at the beginning of the fiscal year which is July 1.

It depends on the severity of the conflict. Start by contacting the director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to start a discussion about the conflict. She can help you navigate the process and help you connect with the people you need to connect with.

The Ombuds Office is a great resource for providing third party input and mediation depending on the issue. There is a former laboratory scientist and a clinician who are available to help and who both specialize in different backgrounds.

If the issue is severe, please immediately file a mistreatment report.

Postdoctoral scholars paid from their principal investigator's grants are given 22 days per calendar year. Postdoctoral scholars supported by fellowships should check the policies of the funding agencies. Time off must be approved by your direct supervisor.

Yes. The term limit is six years if you have not been a postdoctoral scholar before and four years if you have been a postdoctoral scholar before.

You can apply for listed positions or you can email the principal investigator you are interested in working with directly to see if they have availability in their laboratory.

Yes, PhDs must be conferred prior to the individual starting their postdoctoral position based on Indiana University policy.