The typical postdoc appointment occurs when an individual is recruited and hired as a University employee to perform specific services. Such individuals are eligible for all applicable benefits associated with employment.
There are occasions when a postdoc contacts a specific UM researcher/scholar and requests to be mentored and trained under his/her tutlage. Such affiliations typically involve full-time research or scholarship and are viewed as preparatory activity for a full-time academic and/or research career. Postdoctoral Scholars will received non-salary support in the form of an allowance (stipend) for living expenses, including health insurance support. As non-employees, Postdoctoral Scholars do not contribute to the benefits pool and therefore are not eligible for employee benefits (health insurance, retirement, workers’ compensation, unemployment). Postdoctoral Scholars are acting on behalf of the University and not as independent contractors. They are required to follow all University policies and procedures.
These relationships are formalized via an individualized two-year postdoctoral scholarship agreement, prepared by the UM senior research/scholar in collaboration with the postdoc.