University-wide, postdoctoral trainees are appointed in the titles of Postdoctoral Research Scholar (non-employee status, paid by stipend) or Postdoctoral Research Associate (employee status, paid by salary). Training is limited to 5 years, including time spent in either title or at other institutions, and excluding clinical training.
Washington University postdoc minimum compensation (whether salary or stipend) is $54,840 per year (defined as a 12-month period) as of July 1, 2022 for the fiscal year 2023.
Starting fiscal year 2024, Washington University postdoc minimum compensation will be based on the NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Year 1 stipend amount. Accordingly, the minimum compensation (salary or stipend) as of July 1, 2023 will be $56,880 per year.
Importantly, this establishes only the required minimum salary or stipend. Individual compensation should be discussed with the appointing faculty member.
Washington University offers eligible postdoctoral appointees a comprehensive benefits package:
- Postdoc Health Benefits Plans (includes health, dental and vision plans; life and AD&D insurance; long term disability)
- WUCare, preferred employee and family access to world-class primary care
- Employee and Family Outpatient Therapy and Psychiatric Services
- Danforth Campus and Medical Campus Lactation Room Program
- 24/7 support and information through Work-Life Solutions (EAP) (includes emotional support, work-life resources, legal and financial guidance, etc.)
- Postdoc Paid Parental and Caregiver Leave
- Postdoc Tuition Assistance
- Dedicated support through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
- Commuter Assistance (Metro U-Pass)
Washington University establishes regulations to protect postdoctoral appointees and enhance the postdoctoral experience:
- Washington University Postdoctoral Education Policy (PDF)
- School of Medicine Implementation Policy (PDF)
- Postdoctoral Appointments in Arts & Sciences
- Postdoctoral Appointee Time Off Policy (PDF)
- Postdoctoral Appointee Tuition Assistance (PDF)
- Postdoctoral Appointments on a Temporarily Reduced Schedule (PDF)
- WashU Employee Handbooks
- WashU Institutional Policies
Postdoc Annual Review
Faculty supervisors and their postdoctoral appointees are expected to establish a mentor-mentee relationship and regularly meet to discuss research progress and professional development. Annual reviews should lead to compensation increases appropriate to the postdoc’s experience and performance.
Postdoctoral Appointment Extension Request