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The postdoctoral experience emphasizes scholarship and continued training for individuals who have recently completed a doctoral degree. Postdocs conduct research under the general oversight of a faculty mentor in preparation for a career in academe, industry, government, or the nonprofit sector. Postdoctoral work provides essential training that may include opportunities to enhance teaching and other professional skills. 

Postdocs contribute to the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) community by enhancing the research and education programs. They bring expertise and creativity that enrich the research and educational environment for all members of the university community, including graduate and undergraduate students. Georgia Tech strives to provide a stimulating, positive, and constructive experience for the postdoc, by emphasizing the mutual commitment and responsibility of the institution, the faculty, and the postdoc.

This document defines terms and guidelines related to postdocs at Georgia Tech. Additionally, postdocs are subject to all other applicable Georgia Tech and University System of Georgia (USG) policies and procedures. The Office of Postdoctoral Services, in collaboration with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR) and the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education & Faculty Development, is responsible for periodically reviewing the guidelines for revisions as needed, and taking active steps to encourage compliance with the guidelines. 

Throughout this document, "postdoc” is used as an inclusive, general term. Italics are used when referring to specific position titles, such as Postdoctoral Fellow, Affiliate Postdoctoral Scholar, and Brittain Fellow.

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