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Guidelines (Block name - Guidelines)

Conflict Resolution and Grievances

Postdocs may consult with the Faculty & Graduate Student Ombuds for confidential, neutral, informal, and independent conflict resolution. Postdocs are also encouraged to talk to their faculty supervisor, unit head, and/or school chair before filing an official grievance.

Other Benefit Issues

The Employee Assistance Program is available all postdocs, including Affiliate Postdoctoral Scholars (even though Affiliate Postdoctoral Scholars are not eligible for other employee health benefits). This program provides no-cost, 24-hour access to confidential counselling for a range of personal, family, and work concerns.

Retirement Program

Postdoctoral Fellows, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows, Brittain Fellows, and postdocs with other academic appointments have the option of participating either in the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) of Georgia or an Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). Upon initial appointment, the postdoc should talk with an Office of Human Resources benefits counselor to determine the appropriate plan given the temporary nature of their appointment.

Health Insurance

Postdoctoral Fellows, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows, Brittain Fellows, and postdocs with other academic appointments are eligible for Georgia Tech’s employee health insurance plans, subject to USG policies (see USG benefits eligible definition: http://www.usg.edu/hr/manual/employee_categories).

Leave

Postdoctoral Fellows, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows, Brittain Fellows, and postdocs with other academic appointments accrue 14 hours per month of paid annual leave and 8 hours per month of sick leave under Georgia Tech’s Time Away from Work Policy. Postdoctoral Scholars are eligible for the amount of leave allowed under the terms of the fellowship or award. 

 

Compensation

Georgia Tech believes that postdocs should be compensated at a level appropriate to their advanced education and training, as well as their value to the research enterprise. Georgia Tech requires that all full time Postdoctoral Fellows and research faculty members be paid at least $47,476 per year ($3,956.33 per month).

Evaluation

Recognizing that postdocs are in growth positions and striving for professional advancement, they are entitled to formal evaluations by their faculty mentors. USG Board of Regents and Georgia Tech policy (see Faculty Handbook section 3.1.2 Faculty Salaries and Evaluations) specify that written performance evaluations must occur on at least an annual basis. 

Ending the Appointment

Postdoctoral appointments may be terminated with a thirty-day notice by either party. In addition, appointments may be terminated at any time with a minimum:

Term of Appointment

The typical term of appointment for postdoctoral positions at Georgia Tech is between one and three years. The recommended maximum term of appointment for postdocs is five years. This term limit is based on federal guidelines and the tenet that all postdoctoral appointments are primarily for training, which has a natural limited duration. The term refers to the total time spent at Georgia Tech as a postdoc and does not include time spent at Georgia Tech as an undergraduate or graduate student or as a postdoc at other institutions.

Appointment Procedures

The unit in which a postdoc is appointed is responsible for ensuring that appropriate procedures are followed and complete files are established at the time of appointment. All appointment packages should include official transcripts issued to Georgia Tech and showing the doctoral degree completion.

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