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Benefits for MD Anderson Postdoctoral Fellows

Representation and assistance from the MD Anderson Postdoctoral Association
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Research Resources and Training

• Getting to know MD Anderson: 

Fast Track Orientation (<1 day training in the resources at MDA and how best to utilize them), a Training Resource Guide, and dedicated staff within Academic & VISA Administration - Trainee

• Writing and educational opportunities: 

Get help writing your grant or manuscript, Responsible Conduct of Research series certification (needed if you have NIH/NCI funding), access to GSBS (graduate) classes, free access to research articles through MD Anderson Library, and access to internal stipends (R25T, Odyssey Program, T32 training grants, T.R.I.U.M.P.H.), presentations, conferences and symposia (Annual Postdoctoral Science Symposium, and Trainee Research Day)

• Career planning, development and one-on-one meetings:

An invitation to the Annual Presidential Career Symposium, annual reappointment includes an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and progress review with mentor, ability to participate in the GSBS postdoc mentor program, resources offered through Faculty and Academic Career Development and Center for Professional Development and Entrepreneurship (CPDE) including one-on-one meetings, MD Anderson Career Resources and a monthly career development letter

• Connect with other postdoctoral fellows:

Coffee Breaks, Ice Cream Socials, an Annual Town Hall meeting, Postdoctoral Association Forum, use of a Postdoctoral Fellow mailing group, access to regular Postdoctoral Association Executive Committee meetings, network through LinkedIn, Facebook, low-cost business cards and headshots, and other events sponsored by the MD Anderson Postdoctoral Association

• Awards and Recognitions:

Mentors, reward your postdocs – Over a dozen Endowed Fellowship Awards, Awesome job award and a one-time cash award  
Postdocs, reward your mentor – Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award
Postdocs, reward yourselves – Trainee Excellence Award and Trainee Research Day
Postdocs, reward someone – Awesome job award

• Additional Programs/Resource:

Postdoctoral Fellowship Certificate Program; access to resolution assistance programs (Ombudsman’s Office and Employee Assistance Program, EAP); and Texas Medical Center opportunities (teaching, writing, and more located at GSBS and TMC L.E.A.D. calendar)

Pay and Benefits

• Minimum stipend level is NIH/NRSA stipend for zero years experience (FY14 $42,000) and MD Anderson policy recommends all postdoctoral fellows be paid at scale

• Paid time off: 3 weeks vacation leave/year (at reappointment, request to carry forward unused time, max 120 h) and 2 weeks sick leave/year (automatic rollover if not used, max 80 h)

• Health Insurance: free health insurance for full time trainees paid by MDA, with term life insurance and personal accident insurance ($10,000 coverage each for full time trainees paid by MDA), optional Dental and Vision insurances (MDA pays a portion of the premium)

• Dependent coverage: health, dental, term life, accident and vision is available (MDA pays a portion of the premium)

• Retirement and Tax-Deferment Benefits: TRS (Teachers Retirement Systems), optional tax sheltered annuities, and optional UT-Flex Spending accounts (tax-free reimbursement account for medical expenses and dependent care)

• Longevity benefits across UT institutions (complete form when changing to classified position)

• Discounts and freebies: access to iDEAL Discounts, 10% discount in MDA food courts, free legal advice through the Employee Assistance Program (713) 745-6901

• Parking at MDA: is discounted for postdocs at $23 per month in the NGA lot with completed trainee form; park in any MDA lot after-hours for $33 per month; park after-hours, weekends & holidays at TMC garage 10 for $25 per month (form required). To obtain a parking contract, please complete the Direct Bill Parking Contract Packet.

Health and Well-being

• Assistance for working parents: 

Access to back-up care services, UT Health Science Center at Houston Child Development Center, mother’s lactation rooms; discounted child care and summer camps; free breast pump or $1,000 for hospital breast pump rental (via health insurance for fulltime trainees paid by MDA); counseling for employee or spouse through the EAP (713) 745-6901

• Stay Fit! 

Free access to the gym at MDA with exercise and nutrition programs through the fitness center, join a postdoctoral intramural sports team (volleyball, soccer, etc.), and MD Anderson WorkLife & Wellness Benefits

• Stay Connected: 

Access to Social Media groups such as Facebook and LinkedIn (find/post apartments and material items for sale or rent)

• PDAEC/AVA –Trainee-sponsored Social events: 

Postdoktoberfest Fest, annual picnic, movie night, game night, ice cream socials, coffee breaks, etc. – many are family friendly!!!!

Upcoming Benefits

• Career Resource Library


Revised 10/15/14

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