New Postdocs


Health benefits are available to Postdoctoral Scholars working at Stony Brook University. There are different plans offered depending on your title and your employer. Those who are employed by the Research Foundation at Stony Brook University can find an RF summary of benefits on the Human Resources website. Those employed by New York State are eligible for a variety of health insurance options which can be found on the State summary of benefits page on the Human Resources website.

Those Postdoctoral Scholars in the title of Postdoctoral Fellow should consult the Stony Brook Fellows’ benefits page for information on health benefits. Note: Postdoctoral Fellows who hold a J VISA are not eligible for the previously mentioned health insurance plans and are advised to contact Visa and Immigration Services for more information on the International Students and Scholars Health Insurance Plan.

Health benefits vary with each plan. Please visit the Stony Brook Benefits website to find the insurance coverage applicable to you along with a detailed description of the benefits offered.


Social Security

In order to receive a paycheck in the United States, a person must have a Social Security number. For international Postdocs receiving a paycheck for the first time, you must apply for a Social Security number in order for your payroll paperwork to be processed. Please note: You will have to contact the Office of Visa and Immigration Services upon your arrival before you can begin the process of obtaining a social security number.

You can read about the documents necessary for submission at The nearest Social Security office is located at 75 Oak Street in Patchogue, about 30 minutes due south of SBU by car. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am-4 pm, except federal holidays. See the Social Security website for general directions, a map, telephone numbers and more information.


Child Cartwo childrene

Stony Brook Child Care Services is located on West campus at the corner of Stony Brook Road and South Drive. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 7 am to 6 pm with various shifts available and serves University faculty, staff and students as well as Hospital employees and students. The Center is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. The student-teacher ratio in the 3 to 5-year-old centers is 7 to 1; in the Infant Center it’s 4 to 1. Fees are charged on a sliding scale according to family income. More information can be found at Stony Brook Child Care Services.

For those of you who are thinking about starting a family, the National Postdoctoral Association provides A Postdoc's Guide to Pregnancy and Maternity Leave, written by Kathleen Flint Ehm, National Postdoctoral Association and Amelia Linnemann, University of Wisconsin-Madison. This guide provides general information on pregnancy and maternity leave for postdocs, including tips for keeping your research going and talking with your supervisor. This guide is intended primarily for postdoc women who are pregnant or are planning for pregnancy. For expectant postdoc fathers, the NPA provides A Postdoc's Guide to Paternity Leave.

These are general recommendations only and may not apply to your specific situation; they do not constitute legal advice. Please consult SBU Benefits regarding leave policies. For legal advice, please consult a qualified attorney.


Dual career households

For those of you who may have a spouse or significant other who needs a job close to Stony Brook, HERC Higher Education Recruitment Consortium is a valuable resource. The site offers dual career job searches in the metro New York and southern Connecticut area with links to other regional coverage areas. Many local universities and organizations belong to the consortium and share their employment opportunities. Some of the members close to home are:

Adelphi University
Barnard College
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Brooklyn Law School
The City University of New York
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Columbia University
Fashion Institute of Technology
Fordham University
The Juilliard School
Manhattanville College
Marist College
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Molloy College
The New School
New York University
Norwalk Community College
Polytechnic University
Pratt Institute
The Rockefeller University
Sarah Lawrence College
St. John's University
St. Joseph's College
Teachers College, Columbia University
Union Theological Seminary
United States Coast Guard Academy
Vassar College
Wagner College
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Western Connecticut State University
Yale University
Yeshiva University


What to do when you 1st get on campus?

ID cards

Your SBU ID number is your gateway to services on campus. When you first arrive you will want to take your number and some form of photo ID to the nearest Campus Card office to have your SBU ID card issued. For West Campus employees the office is located on the first floor of the Administration building in Room 103. For East Campus employees the office is located in the Health Sciences Center, Level 3, Room 162. Telephone numbers and office hours for both locations can be accessed at the following link: Campus Card



Stony Brook University has campus buses that run at different levels of service depending on the time of year. For a campus bus schedule with an explanation of service levels, visit SBU Transit.

If you have a car and want to park on campus, you have several options. To review your parking options, visit Parking Services.

The Stony Brook Long Island Rail Road station is located on the north side of West Campus. The train runs from Port Jefferson (one stop east of Stony Brook) west to New York City. There are transfer points to other LIRR lines at Huntington, Jamaica and Hicksville. Click here for a LIRR schedule. For transportation options in New York City, visit the Metropolitan Transportation Authority system maps.

Stony Brook University is located in Suffolk County, which has a bus system that runs from the middle of the island out to the north and south forks of Long Island. For a schedule and a bus route finder, see Suffolk County bus schedule.

For those of you who may be temporarily staying at Brookhaven National Laboratory, a daily shuttle bus is available. See BNL/SBU bus schedule.


International Scholars

Visa and Immigration Services is located on the fifth floor of the Melville Library, Suite E5310. All international Postdoctoral Scholars must visit the Visa and Immigration Services office within the first few days of their arrival to campus. There you can find a list of services offered, upcoming events, news, office hours and reference guides.


SBU Host Family Program

International postdocs interested in cultural support and a helping hand after arrival should consider applying to the SBU Host Family Program. Sponsored by the Graduate School, this long-standing program matches incoming international students and scholars with local families who provide hospitality and community during the transition to the United States and Long Island. The program does not providing housing. The duration of the relationship varies, although many students and scholars form life-long friendships through this program. 

Applications are accepted throughout the year. The first round of matches takes place in August of each year and is accompanied by an annual Welcome Reception at the start of the academic year.

For 2014-15, postdoc applications for the first round are due by August 11, 2014, in time for this year's annual reception on August 21, 2014.

To submit an application, please complete the Web form. Your responses will help the program match you with an appropriate family.

For more information or questions, contact Rhona Goldman at

Room 2438, Computer Science Building, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4433 Phone: 631.632.7531 Fax: 631.632.7243
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