What does a Postdoctoral Scholar do?

Scholars perform academic research at an educational institution or research facility. Their role is usually established for a pre-determined period of time and supported by a grant, endowment, or other source of designated funding. Their research is often of a highly technical or scientific nature. They perform research through a variety of information gathering methods that may include testing, experimentation, or investigations. They compile and document their research and prepare reports summarizing their findings. The role may also involve duties as an instructor or lecturer. They may also serve as a mentor to fellows, researchers, or students.

Scholars typically have an advanced degree in their field of expertise, along with extensive knowledge in that subject area. They must have excellent research skills and strong investigative abilities. Teaching experience is helpful.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Postdoctoral Scholar Salaries

Average Base Pay

$69,708 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $70K
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Postdoctoral Scholar Career Path

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Stanford UniversityStanford University
Postdoctoral Scholar
9 May 2020

“Good for career development and training”

University of Nevada, RenoUniversity of Nevada, Reno
Postdoctoral Scholar
22 Jan 2021

“Never updated my pay or contract based on NIH salary adjustments so I never got a raise. in 4 years”

Stanford UniversityStanford University
Postdoctoral Scholar
17 Jun 2020

“Work and interact with top scientists.”

Scholar Intern
7 Sep 2020

“Pay is decent but could be better for entry”

The Ohio State UniversityThe Ohio State University
Postdoctoral Scholar
3 Mar 2021

“Good benefit as a university employee”

University of IowaUniversity of Iowa
Postdoctoral Scholar
16 Apr 2021

“It is a Nice place to work”

Blue Scholar
13 Dec 2021

“This is the best place to work”

Scholar Trainee
25 Dec 2021

“nice place to work with”

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