Why Work at CWRU?

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CWRU Facts

  • Founded in 1826
  • CWRU ranked #44 out of 443 in the 2022 U.S. News and World Report
  • Research expenditures exceeding $400 million annually
  • R1 Research University - Very High Research Activity
  • ~5,600 undergraduates, ~6,300 graduate/professional students, ~3,700 faculty, ~3,000 staff, and ~210 postdocs

Current CWRU Postdoc Population

* as of November 2022

Postdoc population

54% males / 46% females

73% International / 27% U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

56% Asian, 35% White, 6% Black, 3% Hispanic


Note: The CWRU Postdoctoral Association is here to answer questions for anyone looking to do a postdoc at CWRU. Email postdoc@case.edu or any of the individual members


CWRU Benefits Compared to Peer Institutions

The National Postdoc Association (NPA) publishes their annual report which includes illustrations on postdoc benefits offered across US institutions. See what we offer and how CWRU compares to our peer institutions. 

View the Benefits Comparison Chart


CWRU Postdoc Scholar & Fellow Benefits

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs hires both Postdoctoral Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows. See the difference between the two categories. Currently there are 200+ postdocs employed at CWRU.

Postdoc Appointment & Pay Structure

  Postdoc Scholar Postdoc Fellow
Office Oversight Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in the School of Graduate Studies
University Employee Special class employees No
Domestic or International Either
CWRU Expense Class 513200 572500
Funding Source Funded by the PI's grant, CWRU, or an individual fellowship (internal funding) Funded by an individual federal fellowship obtained by the postdoc (e.g. NRSA F32, T32, or NSF) (external funding)
Mentored Training Relationship Yes
Subject to Fringe No
Salary or Stipend Salary Stipend
Salary Structure Based on the annual National Research Service Awards (NRSA) levels
Exempt or Non-Exempt Non-Exempt (salary) Non-Exempt (salary)
Pay days per month One; last working day of the month
Appointment Length One (1) year
Term Limit Generally five (5) years of combined postdoc experience
Teaching Permitted Yes
Taxes Federal, state, and local taxes. Postdoc Scholars also pay FICA taxes (Medicare and Social Security) Federal, state, and local taxes. Postdoc Fellows do not pay FICA taxes (Medicare and Social Security)
Visa Issuance Issued through CWRU Immigration & HR Services
Visa Length J1 visas are issued for 5 years, H1Bs for 3 years. 

Benefits

  Scholars Fellows
Benefits Package The Postdoc Benefits Program includes medical (Aetna), dental (MetLife), vision (EyeMed), life insurance (The Standard), and the Employee Assistance Program (Impact Solutions)
Life Insurance $20,000 Basic and $20,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment
Medical Evacuation and Repatriation of Remains (J visa holders) Yes
Monthly Benefits Costs Covered by PI The postdoc's PI is required to pay for the monthly costs of the Single coverage plan on the Postdoc Benefits Program
Sick and Vacation Leave

Sick: 10 days / year

Vacation: 16 days / year (accrued at 1.33 days / month)

Floating Holiday: 1 day / year

* Scholars can be paid out unused vacation leave upon leaving CWRU.

* See the policy here

Sick: 10 days / year

Vacation: 16 days / year (accrued at 1.33 days / month)

Floating Holiday: 1 day / year

* Fellows cannot be paid out unused vacation leave upon leaving CWRU.

* See the policy here

University Holidays

Eleven (11) University Holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve. 

The university may also be closed for Winter Recess between Christmas and New Year's.

Paid Parental Leave 8 weeks (40 days) of Paid Parental Leave after the birth, adoption, or foster care of a child.
Gym Facilities Free access to the Veale Recreation Center and Wyant Athletic & Wellness Center
Childcare Resource No on-site childcare available. Drop-in childcare, childcare discounts, childcare support during travel, paid parental leave
Retirement Eligible to contribute to an IRA through Vanguard or TIAA-Cref. Not eligible to participate in a 403b. No matching funds contributed towards retirement.
Eligible for COBRA Yes, when your postdoc appointment terminates and you leave the university, you may continue (and pay for) your insurance coverage for any of the medical or dental plans in which you and your family members are enrolled by electing COBRA Continuation Coverage
Eligible for Unemployment No

Resources

  Scholars Fellows
Orientation Yes, half day on-site Orientation
Postdoc Association Yes, see the CWRU PDA website
Free National Postdoc Association (NPA) membership Yes, see NPA information
Professional Development Center Yes
Access to the Career Center Yes
Tuition Discount Yes, Postgrad Audit Program allows you to pay 10% of the tuition cost to audit a course. 
Annual Reviews Yes, Annual Reviews are required as part of the annual reappointment process
Safety Training Yes, provided by Environmental Health & Safety
Social Media Yes, Facebook and LinkedIn
Professional Development Opportunities Yes, see the Professional Development site
Social Events with Postdocs Yes, see the Events page
Participation in Intramural Sports Yes, anyone with a CWRU ID can participate in intramural sports
Miscellaneous Discounts Theater tickets, movie tickets, Cleveland Cavaliers, cell phone plan, car rental, airport parking