Policies and Benefits
BenefitsBeginning July 1, 2013, all postdocs and their dependents are eligible for medical/vision and dental coverage through the Postdoctoral Scholars Benefit Plan, administered through Aetna Health. In addition, all postdocs are eligible for life insurance of $50,000, accidental death and dismemberment insurance of $50,000, and disability insurance at no cost to the postdoc. Finishing postdocs can look at continuing coverage through an AMA sponsored program underwritten by MetLife. OHSU provides a monthly benefit contribution to postdocs. If the cost of the coverage exceeds the OHSU contribution, the amount exceeded will be deducted from your paycheck or stipend check.
In addition to the coverage as described above and in the plan document, all post docs and their adult dependents are eligible to access the Joseph B. Trainer (JBT) Health and Wellness Center as their primary health care provider. At the Center, post docs and their adult dependents can access medical and behavioral health appointments with no co-pay or billing to their insurance. Please note that if you would like to see a provider outside of the Center, you will need a referral. The referrals require a 20-30 minute appointment at the Center and will need to be renewed annually. All child dependents may continue to see their regular pediatrician with no referrals required. For more information, please see the JBT Health and Wellness Center website.
- Postdoctoral Scholars 2013-2014 Health Insurance Plan info sheet
- Postdoc Benefit Enrollment and Update Form
- Postdoc Life Insurance Beneficiary Form
- Postdoc Life Insurance Highlight Sheet
- Postdoc Group Disability Income Insurance Plan Highlight Sheet
- Insurance Verification Form (If you registered for any university class through the OHSU registrar, you may be assessed the student medical/dental premiums and the health fee. Complete this form and return to the JBT Health and Wellness administrative office to have the health fee can be removed from your student account.)
Definition of Classifications
Two postdoctoral classifications are defined based on source of funding and job purpose:
- Postdoctoral Researchers are individuals appointed in this classification to gain research experience under the guidance of a faculty mentor and who receive a salary to perform research. Individuals holding this title are employees of OHSU, are considered "at-will" and do not receive annual contracts.
- Postdoctoral Trainees are individuals appointed in this classification to pursue advanced training under the guidance of a faculty mentor and who receive a stipend, which is funded from a training grant or individual external fellowship. Individuals holding this title are not employees of OHSU. They generally have an initial appointment of one year, which is reviewed annually for reappointment. A 30-day notice is given of non-renewal.
Total Duration of AppointmentsThe total duration of appointments as a Postdoctoral Researcher or a Postdoctoral Trainee shall not exceed five years without approval from the appropriate Vice President.
Percent EffortPostdoctoral appointments are generally 1.0 full time equivalent. Exceptions must be approved by the Dean or Institute Director of the work unit and the funding agency. For appointments of less than 1.0 full time equivalent, the faculty mentor must make the appointee aware in writing that only the agreed percentage of time needs to be devoted to the postdoctoral position.
Pay ScaleThe Postdoctoral Researcher salary scale was developed using the NIH scale as a guide but taking into account OHSU budgetary restrictions.
OHSU Minimum Rates and NIH (FY2013) Stipend Scales
NIH pay scale may be used for Postdoctoral Trainees on Training Grants.
||OHSU Minimum Pay
|7 or more
The Postdoctoral Trainee stipend is set by the external funding agency. If the stipend level is less than the OHSU minimum, it is to be supplemented to the OHSU minimum or approved as an exception by the appropriate Vice President.
Postdoctoral Researchers shall receive 80 hours annually of vacation to be tracked at the departmental level. These hours may be carried over from year to year. Sick leave is granted at 8 hours per month to be tracked at the departmental level. Neither sick nor vacation accruals shall be paid out at the time of termination. Holidays shall be granted consistent with the unclassified employee policy.
Postdoctoral Trainees shall receive vacation and sick time consistent with the funding agency's requirements and tracked at the departmental level. If no vacation or sick time is addressed by the funding agency, the Postdoctoral Researcher policy above shall apply.
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