Postdocs at Weill Cornell Medicine are appointed with one of the following titles: Postdoctoral Associate In (Department), Fellow In (Department), or Visiting Fellow In (Department). Postdocs are appointed to one year terms for no more than five years. In special cases, a sixth term may be granted with permission of the Dean in order to complete any remaining research.
Postdoctoral Scholars are appointed to the non-faculty academic staff according to the guidelines in Section 5 of the Academic Staff Handbook. Requests for appointments for postdoctoral trainees must be sent to the Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) and must include the following documents in order:
- Recommendation for Appointment form
The form must be dated and signed by the Chair. Indicate type of appointment: New, Promotion, Reappointment, etc.
- Letter of Recommendation from Chair to Dean
Please note that a single letter of recommendation from the Chair may be submitted to recommend a large number of individuals to the same training position with the same effective date on the basis of established and consistent criteria.
- Curriculum Vitae and Bibliography
Must be in Weill Cornell Medicine format, must be signed and dated. Template for Non-faculty Academic Staff.
- One letter of recommendation from a previous employer or academic evaluator
Must be the original, not a copy.
- An offer letter to the appointee from the Chair
Template offer letters can be found under "Document Drafts" on the OFA web site. Note: Before sending letter to appointee, a draft of the letter should be sent to the Office of Faculty Affairs for approval. Once returned to you, place on Chair's stationery for signature).
- Letter of Recommendation from Supervisor (e.g. PI) to Chair: Academic Employment Form.
Additional steps when appointing new postdoctoral trainees:
- Housing application
If appointee desires to live in Weill Cornell Medical College housing, the Department Administrator or Principal Investigator should initiate a Postdoctoral Associate Housing Application by completing the first part of the application.
If appointee is not a US citizen or green card holder, contact Immigration if you have questions. Otherwise, J-1 Exchange Visitors and H-1B Specialty Occupation Workers forms can be downloaded. Scan the signed RFA and offer letter and send to Immigration via e-mail for all appointees who require a Visa.