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Postdoc definition and responsibilities


A Postdoctoral Fellow is a recent recipient of a doctoral degree (usually within the past five years) who is appointed on a term agreement. A Postdoctoral Fellow will advance his/her research experience and scholarly training under the mentorship and direction of a KAUST faculty mentor, and will work on a project approved by the faculty mentor. With the mentor’s consent, a Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to publish his/her research findings in peer-reviewed journals.


A Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to work on a research project assigned by the KAUST faculty mentor. Any change in research plans must be approved by the faculty mentor. All research results must be communicated to the faculty mentor on a regular basis.

The faculty mentor sets the research project and works with the Postdoctoral Fellow to develop a research plan and to set goals for the period of training. The faculty mentor approves this plan and provides ongoing mentoring, guidance, and support during the term of the agreement​​​​​​​​​​.

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