Employment Benefits

The University’s Assistant Director of Postdoctoral Affairs, the Postdoc Administrator for the Biological Sciences Division, Human Resources, and your departmental administrators can all assist you with settling into your new position. Below are some useful links to helpful resources.


Garnett-Powers & Associates is pleased to provide the University of Chicago Postdoctoral Researcher Program (PRBP). This comprehensive benefit program is offered to Postdocs as well as Visiting Scholars. The program offers the following benefits:

  • Medical: BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois HMO or PPO
  • Dental: Principal PPO
  • Voluntary Vision Plan: VSP
  • Life/AD&D: Standard Insurance (benefit increased from $14,000 to $50,000 in 2015)
  • Disability: Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
  • J1/J2 Visa Holder Medical Evacuation/Repatriation Requirements: Standard Insurance
  • Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance: Standard Insurance

Assistant Director of Career Development and Postdoctoral Affairs

The Assistant Director is the liaison between the postdoctoral community and University leadership. He advocates for postdoc needs and provides support programs, information, and policies for Postdoctoral Fellows & Scholars. Contact Dan Spiess.

Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (Biological Sciences Division)

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs supports the training and education of Biological Sciences Division graduate students and postdocs. The postdoc office is here to help postdocs during this important career stage. Erin Heckler, the Postdoctoral Affairs Administrator is available to postdocs to answer questions about postdoctoral policy, benefits and campus resources; provides support for the Postdoctoral Association; helps to organize postdoctoral events; and creates and distributes a weekly postdoc email bulletin. Contact Erin with any questions.