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Postdoctoral trainees generate excitement in our research programs, and we're committed to bringing the brightest trainees from a broad range of backgrounds to tackle the biomedical challenges of the future.
CWRU SOM, like other institutions, has defined the postdoctoral positions as a training period for a career in biomedical science:
A postdoctoral trainee is a person who has recently earned a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, and who joins Case Western Reserve University to perform mentored research full-time under the supervision of a member of the faculty. The position can be held for up to five years and is meant to provide additional research and/or scholarly training in preparation for a position in academe, industry, or government.
CWRU established the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in Graduate Studies to support postdoctoral training and improve the training environment. The University established uniform policies for terms of postdoctoral appointment, benefits and level of compensation. In particular, an attractive benefits package has been negotiated for these trainees. Because the majority of postdoctoral trainees are in the School of Medicine, the Office of Graduate Education tracks postdocs and organizes various workshops, professional development seminars and courses specifically for postdocs at CWRU.