Salary Guidelines for Officers of Research

 

April 23, 2013

TO: Deans
  Interim Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences
  Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences
  Executive Vice President for Research
  Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
   
FROM: John H. Coatsworth, Provost
   
SUBJECT: 2013-14 Salary Guidelines for Officers of Research

 

Dear Colleagues:

 

Because of the effects of the sequestration on funding agencies the salary ranges for the 2013-14 academic year for full-time officers of research will remain at the 2012-13 levels for the time being. We hope to be able to issue new ranges once the issues surrounding the effects of the sequestration on research funding are resolved. For now the enclosed ranges, and the guidelines described below, should be used in determining the salaries for the upcoming year for officers of research throughout the University. (CUMC no longer has separate guidelines.) Human Resources will send you separate instructions on the research support staff.

 

I also wish to remind you of the University policy introduced last year regarding postdoctoral research fellows. The stipends of postdoctoral research fellows must equal at least the minimum the NIH has set for those with no years of experience ($39,264). Their stipends may, of course, be higher. If any of those fellows' stipends are below the NIH minimum, the principal investigators, or their department, institute or center, must supplement the stipend with salary to bring it up to that level.

 

The average salary increases your officers of research receive should not exceed 2 percent. Individual increases, of course, will depend upon the availability of funding and the performance of the officer.

 

If possible, officers of research (excluding postdocs) should be reappointed for the academic year (July 1-June 30). Postdocs should be reappointed on their anniversary dates to keep track of their limited appointments. Salaries should be reviewed at the time of reappointment. If an officer's salary is within the approved range and the increase meets the guidelines provided above, you only need to submit the appropriate personnel forms. Salaries that are below the minimum and starting salaries that are above the review point will require the prior approval of my office for Morningside appointments and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences at CUMC. Similarly, we will review salary increases in those units that exceed our guidelines. In those cases, you should provide written explanation of the reasons for the salary or salary increase you are requesting. In the Arts and Sciences and Engineering, such requests will require the approval of the Interim Executive Vice President or Interim Dean before they are forwarded to my office.

 

I would appreciate your cooperation in implementing these policies. If you have any questions or concerns about them, on the Morningside campus you should call Pearl Spiro, Associate Provost for Academic Appointments, at x43813; at CUMC please call Carolyn Merten, Director of Faculty Affairs, at 342-0242.

cc:    Department Chairs
         Directors, Institutes and Centers
         Departmental Administrators        

 

 

2013-14 Salary Guidelines for

Full-Time Officers of Research

Columbia University*

Rank

Minimum

Review Point

PROFESSIONAL OFFICERS OF RESEARCH

   
Associate Research Scientist/Scholar 50,251 106,121
Research Scientist/Scholar 68,042 134,004
Senior Research Scientist/Scholar 74,493 152,315
     

POSTDOCTORAL OFFICERS OF RESEARCH

   
Postdoctoral Research Scientist/Scholar 41,304 76,105
Postdoctoral Research Fellow 39,264  - 
     

STAFF OFFICERS OF RESEARCH

   
Staff Associate 44,217 92,231
Senior Staff Associate 55,765 123,287
     
     
*Because of the effects of the sequestration the salary ranges for the 2013-14 academic year will remain at the 2012-13 levels for the time being. We hope to be able to issue new ranges once the issues surrounding the effects of the sequestration have been resolved.

 

 

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