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February 21, 2002

What is a post-doc?

What is a post-doc?

A post-doctoral appointment is temporary and viewed as being preparatory for a full-time academic and/or research career.

Beyond that, the Association of American Universities defines a post-doctoral appointment as follows:

* The appointee holds a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (such as an M.D. or Sc.D.) in an appropriate field.

* The appointment involves substantial full-time research or scholarship.

* The appointment is not part of a full-time clinical training program (i.e. not a research rotation in a hospital residency program).

* The appointee works under the supervision of a senior scholar or mentor.

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