Postdoctoral Training

Advanced research training at Indiana University School of Medicine provides postdoctoral trainees with the expertise and support needed to accomplish their professional goals. Faculty investigators throughout IU School of Medicine academic departments conduct a broad range of translational, clinical and basic research, and postdoctoral trainees benefit from this robust research environment. This training and working environment enables postdoctoral trainees to hone their research knowledge and skills for career advancement.

Benefits and Funding

The benefit plan a postdoctorate trainee receives at IU School of Medicine depends on the classification of the postdoctoral appointment. Two types of postdoctoral researchers train at IU School of Medicine: Postdoctoral Appointees and Postdoctoral Fellows. The Postdoctoral Policy provides details for each classification, including salary minimums, length of appointment terms, how to request an extension for a postdoctoral appointment, and more. Applicants can consult with a department administrator to get additional details on program types.

Postdoctorate trainees who are funded through R01s, departmental budgets and start-up funds are classified as “Appointees” and are considered employees of the university. Appointees receive the benefits standard to Academic Appointees.

Postdoctorate trainees on training grants, NIH NRSA, NIH F or T awards, and other fellowships and typically classified as “Fellows” and begin training with different benefit structure than Appointees. Funding agencies require fellows to not have an employer-employee relationship with the university. The benefit plan for postdoctorate fellows at IU School of Medicine is underwritten by Anthem.

Postdoc Positions

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at IU School of Medicine is recruiting a diverse population of highly qualified postdoctoral researchers and welcomes opportunities to meet with prospective postdoctoral researchers during campus interviews. These meetings provide candidates with information on employee benefits, relocating assistance, career development resources, and more.

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International Applicants

Doing postdoctoral training in the United States is an exciting opportunity, but applying for programs and working so far from home can present challenges. IU School of Medicine recognizes the unique circumstances of international applicants to a postdoctoral research program and offers resources to make the process and transition successful.

The Office of International Affairs fosters and supports visa services for both students and scholars as well as faculty research projects, institutional partnerships, international development projects, curriculum internationalization, campus programming, and community outreach. Tax Information, electronic newsletter, and tax filing programs and services can help internal postdocs through this complex process. The Office offers Visa information and services pertaining to visas for dependents, institutional policy of J1 visas, SEVIS, and more.

The Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication is a university-based research and service organization created in 1998 to enhance links between the city of Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and cultures/nations throughout the world. This center strives for excellence in language and intercultural training in academic, professional, and other occupational contexts and offers group training programs and individualized tutoring in language and intercultural communication to students, faculty, medical residents and postdoctoral researchers as well as business professionals in the community.

The American English for Internationals program, offered by the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, provides medical professionals an opportunity to improve communication skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. The program helps international medical professionals develop the confidence and determination to pursue more conversations – professional and personal – in American English.

The Postdoc Buddy Program is a peer-to-peer mentoring program designed to help new and incoming postdocs in adjusting to a new city and job by matching them with existing postdocs at IU School of Medicine. A new job and work environment comes with its own stress. In addition, people moving from other countries may need to adjust to a different culture. This program, offered by the IU School of Medicine Postdoc Association, provides added guidance for these individuals. Sign up here.