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Training & Compliance

Includes guidance on training, research, and compliance for postdocs at Penn.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are postdoc extramural activities allowed?

At times a postdoc may wish to engage in activities outside of the University and/or beyond the scope of their appointment. Before undertaking such activity, the postdoc must secure approval, in writing, from their mentor and business administrator. The approval for such activities should include a description of the activity, include a specific end date no longer than one year later (which may be subject to renewal) and must be signed by both the mentor and the postdoc. These activities may not give rise to a conflict of interest or divert or diminish the training of the postdoc, and they should be reviewed regularly if approved. Approval may be withdrawn if the activity no longer is appropriate under policy or interferes with the postdoc’s appointment. It is the postdoc’s responsibility to update this documentation and notify their mentor should there be any changes. International postdocs should consult with ISSS to make sure they are in compliance with any visa regulations.

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