The definitions of a Postdoctoral Associate and Postdoctoral Fellow are articulated in the University of Florida Regulations, 7.003: Academic Personnel Employment Plan: Academic Appointments, Types of Appointments, Appointment Status Modifiers, and Academic-Administrative Classification Titles.
Postdoctoral Associate (Specialty OPS Faculty title). The appointee shall have received the doctorate in a field appropriate to the assigned duties and responsibilities. This appointment is used when the individual renders compensable services to the University and is assigned specific duties and responsibilities. Such appointments are temporary, and appointees to these specialty OPS faculty titles shall have no continuing contractual relationship with the University. Postdoctoral associates may be appointed for up to four (4) years. Appointments of the postdoctoral associate beyond four (4) years will require approval of the Senior Vice President of the area requesting the appointment.
Postdoctoral Fellow. The appointee shall have received the doctorate in a field appropriate to the position offered. The appointment is for the individual’s further experience in research and teaching and is generally limited to two (2) or three (3) years. To qualify for a fellowship exemption under the Federal income tax laws, no assigned duties and responsibilities or services can be required other than those which are an integral part of the Fellow’s program in research and teaching. Appointees to these specialty faculty positions shall have no continuing contractual relationship with the University.