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The PennCard is the official University of Pennsylvania identification card for members of the Penn community. New postdocs are eligible for a PennCard when their payroll record has been processed and approved by the University, which will typically occur within a few days of the start date. Once eligible, new PDTs should visit the PennCard Center (located inside the Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 36th and Walnut St., second floor) with a valid form of photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.), where their photograph will be taken and a PennCard issued. There is no charge for the initial card.

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Is benefits enrollment required for all postdocs?

Yes. You must participate by either enrolling or waiving benefits in Workday. This is required during your onboarding process and each year during open enrollment.

What is the role of the host department and/or administrator?

The hosting school, department, and/or administrator are responsible for welcoming postdocs into the department, onboarding, appointment letter management, professional development, and ensuring compliance with university policies and regulations.

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