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Rules and Procedures of the Professional Researchers and Professional Specialists of Princeton University and Other Provisions of Concern to These Personnel

Last printed Fall 1996; Revised December 2009

APPENDIX H - TABLES: SUMMARY OF RANK DESCRIPTIONS

Researchers:
Rank Degree or equivalent Length of Appointment Maximum time at rank Reviews Description / Comment

Senior Research (by discipline)

Doctorate

continuing appointment

n/a

n/a

guide and direct others in program and research; can be principal investigator

Research (by discipline)

Doctorate

if promoted to rank then with continuing appointment; new hires may be given a 3-year appointment without continuing appointment

n/a

if without continuing appointment, reviewed annually; in third year must be granted continuing appointment, promoted, or terminated

guide and direct others in program and research; can be principal investigator

Associate Research (by discipline)

Doctorate

without specific end date

six years; without continuing appointment

reviewed annually; in 6th year must be promoted with continuing appointment or terminated

perform independent research; can be principal investigator

Post-doctoral Research Associate (PDRA)

Recent recipient of doctorate

one year; renewable

three years (five years in life sciences)

annually; in third year must be promoted or terminated

develop professional maturity, judgment, and experience to successfully complete research projects

Senior Research Assistant

PhD candidate near completion of degree

one year (temporary rank for PDRA awaiting defense)

one year, non-renewable

n/a

see PDRA

Post-doctoral Research Fellow (PDRF)

Recent recipient of doctorate

one year; renewable

three years (five years in life sciences)

n/a

Supported by external post-doctoral fellowship; institutional allowance required

Visiting Researchers:
Rank Degree or equivalent Length of appointment Maximum time at rank Reviews Description / Comment

Visiting Senior Research (by discipline)

Doctorate

one year

three years

n/a

associated with a PU research project; normally with salary

Visiting Research (by discipline)

Doctorate

one year

three years

n/a

associated with a PU research project; normally with salary

Visiting Associate Research (by discipline)

Doctorate

one year

three years

n/a

associated with a PU research project; normally with salary

 

Visiting Post-doctoral Research Associate Doctorate one year three years n/a (1) Holds post-doctoral appointment at another institution or (2) supported by external post-doctoral fellowship with non-PU sponsor.

Senior Visiting Fellow

Doctorate (or equivalent for PU tenure-track faculty in field)

one year

two years

n/a

Scholars (or recognized leaders in non-academic fields) of unique international distinction; normally receive no stipends or salaries from the University; no specific responsibilities

Visiting Fellow

Doctorate (or equivalent for PU tenure-track faculty in field)

one year

two years

n/a

Faculty or researchers on leave from other institutions or established, independent scholars; normally receive no stipends or salaries from the University; no specific responsibilities

Visiting Research Collaborator

Doctorate (or equivalent for PU tenure-track faculty in field)

one year

no limit

n/a

Collaboration with PU faculty member leading to joint publications and/or grant proposals

Professional Specialists:
Rank Degree or equivalent Length of appointment Maximum time at rank Reviews Description / Comment

Senior Professional Specialist

Master's or PhD in related field

continuing appointment

no limit

annually

outstanding achievements in their fields; assigned major responsibilities for the management of small or medium size projects

Professional Specialist

Master's or PhD in related field

Without specific end date

no limit

annually

exceptional competence in their fields or have important managerial responsibilities; normally given determinant responsibility for projects

Associate Professional Specialist

Master’s or PhD in related field

without specific end date

no limit

annually

manage own time; may lead small group or have primary responsibility for major equipment

Visiting Professional Specialists:
Rank Degree or equivalent Length of appointment Maximum time at rank Reviews Description / Comment

Visiting Senior Professional Specialist, Visiting Professional Specialist, Visiting Associate Professional Specialist

n/a

one year

three years

n/a

Holds equivalent position at another institution; with or without salary