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Summary of Benefits

Health Insurance

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center provides health insurance for postdoctoral fellows and their family, the cost of which is shared by the postdoctoral fellow (employee co-pay) and the University (employer co-pay). J-1 exchange postdoctoral visiting scholars are not sponsored by UTHSC and are responsible for their own insurance coverage.


A postdoctoral fellow is recognized as a trainee committed to maximizing his/her research productivity and is expected to work extended hours as needed to achieve this goal. Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible for overtime pay or payment for any approved leave time that is not taken. A set of workplace expectations regarding work hours, annual leave and sick leave will be formulated between the postdoctoral fellow and mentor at the onset of the postdoctoral training period. It is expected that hours worked and leave time will be consistent with postdoctoral fellow peers in comparable departments at UTHSC and with peers in similar areas of research at other U.S. institutions.

Vacation Time

Vacation days granted for postdoctoral fellows are typically 2 weeks/year and are pro-rated based upon the start date of the fellowship. Vacation days expire at the end of each year of fellowship and do not accumulate from year to year.

Religious Holidays

Specific requests by the postdoctoral fellow for religious holidays should be discussed with the mentor.  Such requests should be honored unless they cause undue hardship to the laboratory. Leave for religious holidays may be unpaid or substituted with UTHSC holiday closings.

Sick Leave

Postdoctoral fellows will be provided with reasonable amounts of sick leave consistent with standard practices on campus. The mentor, on a case-by-case basis, will approve requests for sick leave. Sick leave is in addition to expected vacation time and administrative holidays and closings.

Sick leave may be requested for the postdoctoral fellow him/herself or to care for family members.

Approval for sick leave will be equally applied to all postdoctoral fellows in the mentor’s laboratory.

Last Published: Feb 27, 2020