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POSTDOC RESEARCHER PROGRAM

POSTDOC RESEARCHER PROGRAM

TITLE

Postdoc Fellow

REPORT TO

Lab Leader

DEFINITION

The Post-Doc is a scholar who has recently held a Ph.D. in the last 2 years. He is supposed to conduct research after the completion of his Ph.D. in a research lab associated with Prince Sultan University.

SELECTION CRITERIA

First, we have to make sure that the post-doc is likely to provide the expected outcomes. For this reason, we need to analyze the following metrics when reviewing each postdoc candidate:

  • Ph.D. holder.
  • He must have at least four publications, among which 2-3 good quality journals.
  • He must have published at high ranking journals (Q1 or Q2).
  • He must have published at high-quality conferences.
    In the case of computer science and engineering, we look at the ranking of the conference and its impact on this website. For other disciplines, active researchers should be consulted about the quality of conferences.
  • The University of the candidate and his supervisor.
  • Other Scholarly Activities:
    • Research Network and collaboration,
    • Review Duties,
    • Editorship in Journals,
    • TPC of Conferences.
  • He must have H-index above 5 and a good number of citations.

A candidate who meets these criteria is eligible (does not mean should be accepted), and then we conduct an interview with him. The purpose of the interview is to check the communication skills of the candidate and assess his potential in fulfilling the expectations.

RECRUITMENT PROCESS

The college dean or research lab/group leader post an announcement for a postdoc. It is important to clearly specify the target research profile of the candidate that fits the scope of its related research thrust. Once applications are received they are short-listed and the relevant candidates will be contacted for an interview. After the interview, the college dean and/or research lab leader write a report stating their recommendation about the candidate with justifications in case of recommendation of his acceptance. The report is raised to the rector's office for final approval.

TEACHING LOAD

  • No teaching load.
  • Can be assigned a course with the coordination with the lab leader as a part-timer.

DUTIES

  • Conduct research under the supervision of a research lab leader.
  • Supervise undergraduate/graduate students.
  • Apply for/attract research grants.
  • Co-supervise Master and Ph.D. students.
  • Conduct national, regional and international research cooperation.
  • Publish in top-ranked journals and patents.
  • Give seminars and training.
  • May teach a course (0-1 courses per semester) - should have no teaching load.

CONVERSION TO A FACULTY MEMBER

The postdoc researcher can be converted to a faculty member with mutual agreement between the lab leader, the postdoc and the college in case there is a mutual interest for such a conversion, either at the end of three possible extensions or before. In this case, the candidate will have the same teaching load and duties and also the same salary package as other assistant professors. In this case, a request is raised from the college dean and the lab leader to the rector for the approval of the conversion to a position of a faculty member, for the rank of an assistant professor. In the case of the conversion, a new contract has to be signed between the University and the faculty member for the position of assistant professor.

DURATION OF THE CONTRACT

The postdoc candidate can be renewed as a postdoc 3 maximum times, annually. This means the total number of years as in a postdoc position should not exceed 4 years. After the end of the possible extension period, there are three possibilities:

  • The postdoc can be converted to an assistant professor at the University.
  • The postdoc can be promoted to a senior researcher.
  • The postdoc may not be admitted for any other contract.

The decision is based on the recommendation of the lab leader and the availability of the position at the University, in addition to the research interest and budget.

PROGRESS REPORT

The researchers are requested to send a progress report on a regular basis upon the request of the rector office. They are required to fill in the Activity Report of PSU Researchers.

VACATION

  • The vacation of the postdoc researcher is 30 days in the summer.
  • They have 3 days of vacations for the week of inter-semester.

OUTCOMES & EVALUATION

The evaluation of the postdoc researcher should be based on an activity report but there are some minimum expected outcomes that he has to fulfill. The expected deliverable for a postdoc is at least 5 Scopus papers where 3 of which journal papers and 2 additional as conference or book chapter papers. Furthermore, the postdoc will be assessed as per the following metrics.

  • Number of ISI/Scopus papers.
  • At least three (Q1, Q2, Q3) journals every year.
  • Keeping a number of citations per year no lower than 100 citations in Google Scholars and 70 citations in Scopus.
  • Number of research events/training organized.
  • Number of students supervised.
  • Number/amount of research grants attracted.