of the information given here can be found in the Postdoctoral
is a postdoctoral scholar?
scholars and senior postdoctoral scholars are considered to be
temporary interim employees. Postdocs and senior postdocs
always work under close supervision of one or more Caltech
professorial faculty members. Postdocs and senior postdocs are
a separate group, distinct from faculty, staff, and students.
long is a postdoc appointment?
are normally made in increments of one year; however,
multi-year appointments are optional. The rank of a postdoc
can be renewed to a maximum of six years.
is a senior postdoctoral scholar?
who have held this rank for a minimum of one year may be
promoted to the rank of senior postdoctoral scholar. Time
served in the ranks of postdoc and senior postdoc cannot
exceed the maximum of six years. Persons who have held a
postdoctoral position at another institution may be appointed
directly to the senior postdoctoral scholar rank.
can I apply for a postdoctoral position at Caltech?
the academic division web
sites by clicking “Academic Divisions” on the
Caltech main page for more
information regarding your particular area of science or visit
is a senior research fellow?
and senior postdocs may be promoted to senior research fellow.
Promotion from either position requires a divisional committee
review that includes three external letters of reference and
approval by the IACC (Institute Academic Council).
is the current minimum salary for postdocs, senior postdocs
salary guidelines are reviewed and determined each year by the
Provost with the concurrence of the IACC. Contact your
division office or the
Postdoctoral Scholars/Visitors Services for current guidelines
concerning minimum salary.
will I be paid?
who are paid by a salary are paid at the end of the month.
Postdocs who are receiving a stipend from a fellowship are
paid at the beginning of the month. You may get two separate
checks if you are receiving both a stipend and a supplemental
is a Caltech visitor?
visitor must have an established position or relationship with
another academic or research institution or organization. A
visitor must be nominated by an active faculty member who is a
colleague and is responsible for making his or her stay at
Caltech mutually beneficial.
long is a visitor appointment?
are appointed for terms of no more than one year, and may be
reappointed for a total of up to three years. Exceptions may
be granted with the approval of the faculty sponsor and