Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) serves the Temple University postdoctoral community, including postdoctoral fellows, visiting research scholars, and other visiting scholars, as well as the departments wherein training is provided post-doctorate. OPA chiefly has responsibility for processing appointments and reappointments; providing orientation and on-boarding for new fellows and scholars; and training business managers, associate deans, and other staff on the workflow processes used to appoint postdocs. Temple University engages approximately 400 postdoctoral trainees, research associates, and visiting scholars annually in activities that enrich and advance their careers.
Policy 02.54.11: Postdoctoral Fellows ensures that all postdoctoral fellows across the University are treated consistently and that their appointment/reappointment is efficient and effective.
Postdoctoral Positions Administered by OPA
A Postdoctoral Fellow is an individual who has earned a Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.V.M., O.D., Pharm.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., D.Eng., D.S.N., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or approved foreign institution of higher education. S/he is primarily associated with Temple University to obtain advanced research skills under the supervision of one or more members of the University faculty. The purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide research training experiences to prepare the individual for employment in a permanent academic or research position. The trainee is compensated, including any fringe benefits, through a training grant or fellowship awarded by an external agency directly to the postdoctoral fellow. S/he is considered a student at Temple University.
A Postdoctoral Fellow Research Associate has similar qualifications as those for the Postdoctoral Fellow and engages in similar training experiences, but holds an H-1B visa. The research associate is compensated, including any fringe benefits, from external funds awarded to the faculty mentor or a unit of the university for the purpose of conducting research. S/he is considered an employee of Temple University.
A Visiting Research Scholar/Graduate is an individual with a baccalaureate, master’s, or first-professional degree or equivalent who is currently enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program at an institution other than Temple University; has completed a post-baccalaureate program within six months; or is employed at another academic institution and is participating in a research and/or scholarly training or exchange program under the direction of a faculty mentor. The individual gains laboratory and research experience, learns to use state-of-the-art techniques, and/or shares unique expertise with the Temple community. The appointment is made for up to three years.
A Visiting Research Scholar/Postgraduate is an individual with a terminal master's or doctoral degree or equivalent or is someone recognized as an expert in her/his field. S/he may be recently retired or currently employed at, but on sabbatical from, another academic institution. The individual gains laboratory and research experience, learns to use state-of-the-art techniques, and/or shares unique expertise with the Temple community.The appointment lasts one year or less, with compensation provided by the home insititution, although a stipend may be provided by Temple University.
A J-1 Student Intern is a degree-seeking student from abroad who has a degree requirement for practical field experience. The purpose of the “internship” is to provide a unique opportunity for the student to gain practical experience in the process of conducting research in an academic field and must fulfill the educational objectives for the student's degree program at the home institution.The intern program is a structured work-based learning program that:
- Reinforces an intern's academic study;
- Exposes the intern to American techniques, methodologies, and expertise, thereby expanding her/his knowledge and skills; and
- Enhances the intern's knowledge of American culture and society.
A Clinical Intern is a student who is satisfying accreditation requirements to achieve licensure, which is the official recognition by a state governmental agency that an individual has met its specific qualifications. As a candidate in a professional doctorate program that requires an internship for licensure, the student is immersed in the learning community at Temple University and provided with opportunities to develop and demonstrate competence in the professional role for which s/he is preparing. When licensure is granted by a state, the individual is approved to practice the occupation as a professional in that state.
A Visiting Intern is a graduate student who is satisfying curriculum course requirements that are counted toward the completion of the individual’s degree from another accredited institution. The purpose of the “internship” is to provide the student with experiential learning in the field for which s/he is preparing. As a "guest" of Temple University, the visiting intern is granted access to systems and a guest card in accordance with the Guest Access Policy established by Computer Services.
Salary Schedule for Postdoctoral Fellows
* Years of experience are counted as the number of years from completion of one's final degree. For example, if an individual has earned an M.D. and then a Ph.D., the years of experience will be counted from the completion of the Ph.D.; however, if one has only completed an M.D., the years of experience are counted from the completion of that degree. Please note that research experience is counted by years regardless of where that experience was gained; that is, one cannot distinguish between one year, for example, in China and one year in the United States.
** Effective July 1, 2016. For greater detail, view NIH's 2016 web announcement.
*** Effective December 1, 2016. For greater detail, view NIH's 2017 web announcement.
Fringe Benefit Rates for Postdoctoral Fellows
The current Temple University Fringe Benefit Rate Chart is available on the website of the Research Administration Office.
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