Prestigious Postdoctoral Programs
Role of Departments & Programs
Issues pertaining to specific terms of appointment, position requirements or limitations not specifically covered in this policy statement are the responsibility of the faculty mentor and appointing department. Departments can, and are encouraged to, develop their own policies and programs for postdoctoral trainees that may be more comprehensive than those described within campus policies.
Responsibilities of Postdoctoral Scholars
Appointment as a postdoctoral scholar imposes responsibilities on the trainee to the mentor, laboratory colleagues, the department with which they are affiliated, the university, and the agency that supports them.
These responsibilities include:
- Conscientious discharge of research responsibilities.
- Conformance to ethical standards in research.
- Compliance with good laboratory practices.
- Maintenance of laboratory notebooks and/or other records of research activity.
- Adherence to university and departmental standards and policies regarding the use of isotopes, chemicals, infectious agents, research animals, human subjects as well as other policies regarding workplace safety.
- Initiation of open and timely discussions with the mentor regarding all facets of research.
- Prompt disclosure of information to the mentor regarding the possession of and/or intent to distribute materials, reagents, software, copyright-able and potentially patent-able discoveries derived from the research.
- Collegiate conduct toward members of the research laboratory and others.
- Compliance with all applicable university policies and the terms of the sponsoring agency’s grant, contract or fellowship stipulations.
Teaching postdoctoral scholars may or may not have some research responsibilities. If so, their research responsibilities should be consistent with those listed above.
In addition, teaching postdoctoral scholars will be responsible for teaching credit-generating courses and other responsibilities may also include:
- Student Advising
- Student Mentoring
- Course Development