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PostDoc Procedures

Assessment of Postdoctoral Work

At least once a year, faculty mentors complete a formal review of the progress for each postdoctoral scholar working under their direction. The goal of the review is to ensure that the trainees have a clear understanding of the status and progress of their work and educational advancement. This review should also include progress of

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Hiring an International Postdoc

Hiring international scholars can be a great opportunity for our Mizzou community. When hiring and hosting international scholars, consider these processes and resources to help ensure a smooth transition to our campus. The International Center provides departments with resources for hiring international scholars: Hiring and hosting international scholars Pre-arrival information Setting Expectations Departments should provide

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Postdoc Letter Templates

The Office of Postdoctoral Education and Human Resources have established set formats for letters regarding positions for postdoctoral scholars, including offers, status changes, renewals and terminations. Download templates in Microsoft Word. Offer letters must be emailed to Dr. Lissa Behm-Morawitz at for approval. Termination and renewal letters should also be emailed to for

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Postdoctoral Appointment Process

Departments are not required to advertise postdoctoral positions. Departments may proceed directly to hiring with their dean’s approval as described below. Data on postdoctoral fellows will be gathered through the normal hiring mechanism outlined in the recruitment business process. Please read and follow this overview of the postdoctoral fellow recruitment and hiring process: Postdoc Recruitment

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Postdoctoral Completion Process

The Office of Postdoctoral Education must be notified when a postdoctoral scholar leaves a postdoctoral position for any reason, including transfer to another position, acceptance of a position outside the university or termination. This notification should be emailed to

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Postdoctoral Reappointment/Renewal and Transfer Processes

Postdoctoral appointments are renewable annually at the discretion of the University. Length of appointment may not exceed a total of five years. Circumstances affecting continued employment include, but are not limited to, work performance, fund availability, and educational priorities. No less than 30 days notice must be given to the postdoc if their appointment will not

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