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Benefit Options for UA-Employed Postdoctoral Scholars

Training grant or fellowship recipients and internationally funded scholars are not benefits eligible because they are not employed by the University of Arizona.*

  POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES I–V OTHER APPOINTED PROFESSIONALS**

Insurance Benefits

Dental insurance For self and dependents For self and dependents
Medical insurance For self and dependents For self and dependents
Basic life insurance Yes Yes
Supplemental life insurance For self and dependents For self and dependents
Long-term disability insurance Yes Yes
Short-term disability insurance For self and dependents For self and dependents
Vision insurance For self and dependents For self and dependents

Family Benefits

Childcare cost reimbursement
    Up to $2,000/year for qualified
    expenses

Yes Yes
Childcare placement advice Yes Yes
Sick and emergency childcare
   (Modest hourly charge to
    parents)
Yes Yes
Elder care resources Yes Yes

Leave Programs

Family medical leave for self or immediate family members
   Unpaid job-protected time available
   for up to 12 weeks after 12 months of
   employment and 1,250 hours worked

Yes Yes

Paid parental leave
   
Up to 6 weeks after 12 months of
   employment for either parent 

Yes Yes

Sick time
   12 days/year for own illness or to
   care for immediate family

Yes Yes
Vacation time

10 days in first year; 15 days/year beginning in year 2; no carryover to next year

22 days/year; can carry over 1.5 times annual accrual
Paid holidays (10 per year) Yes Yes

University Closure†
   Paid time off when UA is closed
   from Christmas to New Year.

Yes (if fiscal appointment) Yes (if fiscal appointment)

Retirement Benefits

Arizona State Retirement System or Optional Retirement Plan Not available Participation required—UA matches employee contribution
Voluntary 403(b) supplemental retirement plan Those under age 50 may contribute up to $18,000/year  Those under age 50 may contribute up to $18,000/year 
Voluntary 457 deferred compensation plan Those under age 50 may contribute up to $18,000/year  Those under age 50 may contribute up to $18,000/year 

Wellness Benefits

Counseling services† Up to 6 visits/year Up to 6 visits/year
Nutrition counseling† Yes Yes
Wellness screenings† Yes Yes

Other Benefits

Flexible spending accounts
   To pay for healthcare or dependent-
   care expenses on a pre-tax basis

Yes Yes

Qualified Tuition Reduction Program
   For self and eligible dependents

Yes Yes
Free financial advising with certified financial planner Yes Yes

*Examples of training grants include the National Institutes of Health (NIH) T32 mechanism. Examples of individual postdoctoral fellowships include the NIH F32 or F99 mechanism and the American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship.

**Examples of position titles under the Other Appointed Professionals category include titles such as Assistant Research Scientist and Staff Scientist..

† UA pays for or subsidizes benefit.