Current Postdoctoral Classifications

The resources on this website and within the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs are designed to help postdoctoral scholars make the most of their advanced research training experience at UConn Health.

The postdoctoral period is a critical time in the career development of an investigator regardless of whether they will ultimately work in academia, the private sector, or government service. You are encouraged to take full advantage of all the resources and benefits available to you during your time at UConn Health.

Postdoc Classifications

Postdoctoral fellows and trainees should contact Dr. Gerald Maxwell in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs if they have questions or suggestions about how to improve the postdoctoral experience.

Postdoctoral scholars at UConn Health are classified in two broad categories: postdoctoral fellows and postdoctoral trainees.

Postdoctoral fellows are employees of UConn Health and are members of the University Health Professionals (UHP) bargaining unit. Currently the minimum salary for postdoctoral fellows is $42,000 per year (effective July 2014), but fellows may be hired above this minimum. In addition to salary, a generous benefits package for fellows includes health insurance, retirement contributions, and 30 days of paid leave per year which includes vacation, personal days, and holidays. Twelve days of paid sick leave per year are also included. There is no carryover of paid leave from year to year.

Fellows are subject to a probationary period of six months, which can be extended for an additional six months at the discretion of the mentor. The probationary period is automatically extended for an additional six months if a fellow switches mentors or transfers (i.e., no break in service) to another UHP position. Dismissal during the probationary period cannot be grieved.

  • UHP Contract
    Details that refer specifically to postdocs begin on page 120.

Postdoctoral trainees are individuals receiving a postdoctoral stipend from an NIH training grant or other source that does not permit them to be employees. Postdoctoral trainees are eligible to participate in the graduate assistant/trainee health plan.

Vacation and other leaves for trainees who are not UConn Health employees are governed by the policies of the agency funding the training support.

Information for international postdocs pertaining to visas can be obtained through the UConn Health’s International Office.