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.
Postdoctoral Scholar Salaries
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Postdoctoral Scholar Career Path
Learn how to become a Postdoctoral Scholar, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Postdoctoral Scholar Insights
“Good for career development and training”
“Never updated my pay or contract based on NIH salary adjustments so I never got a raise. in 4 years”
“Work and interact with top scientists.”
“Pay is decent but could be better for entry”
“Good benefit as a university employee”
“It is a Nice place to work”
“This is the best place to work”
“nice place to work with”
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a postdoctoral scholar
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