For New Postdocs

Checklist for new postdocs

We listed a few things for newly arrived Postdocs.

Subscribe to Ask A Postdoc (ASAP) mailing list for general questions about housing, funding, or anything else that other postdocs across university departments might be able to help you with.

  1. Know your hiring status: are you a Postdoctoral Associate or a Postdoctoral Fellow ? Associates are typically paid off a grant held by their advisor, while Fellows are paid off a University Fellowship or have their own direct link to an external funding source.

  2. When you arrive on campus, one of the first things you'll need to do is visit Human Resources in New South. They will give you a packet of information regarding health care and retirement plans to choose from.

You are fully vested in the Princeton University Retirement Plan (PURP) after two and one-half years of service. If you are newly hired, you may be vested earlier due to your previous employment if your previous employer was classified as an exempt organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or if you were employed by a public college or university, which maintains a regular faculty and curriculum and has a regularly enrolled student body that attend classes at the place where its educational activities are regularly carried on.

In order to be credited for previous employment, you must have been employed at least six months before being hired at Princeton University. You also must submit a Certification of Prior Employment form to a member of the Benefits Team. The link to that form can be found here.

  1. Attend a postdoc event to get in touch with the local community of postdocs from around the world. Events are announced on the PDC-social mailing list, which you can subscribe to here and on our events page.

  2. Contact graduate students and departmental administrators to ensure that you have been added to mailing lists for announcements and social events. Postdocs are often not included automatically, so it is a good idea to be proactive on this front.

  3. Read through the rest of the Princeton Postdocs website for information on housing, professional services, and lifstyle.

  4. New Postdoc Orientations are being held regularly through the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. New postdocs will be invited directly by the Dean of the Faculty's office. In case you missed it: sign up for our mailing list to ensure you receive information regarding the next orientation session and check our events page.