Finding a Postdoc in the United States
As an international, are you interested in finding a postdoctoral appointment in the United States? The National Postdoctoral Association offers guidance on how to find these types of positions for those who are not American citizens as well as a "survival guide" for international postdocs.
Before arriving to the United States, keep in mind that you will need money to help you obtain housing, food and other necessities prior to receiving your first paycheck. Postdoctoral scholars are paid at the same time as all other employees (once a month on the last working day of the month), and there may be a delay in getting your paycheck depending on when you arrive in the U.S. and how quickly your paperwork is processed. Do not hesitate to talk with your PI or the departmental administrative assistant about arrangements for picking you up from the airport once you arrive in the U.S., what you need to do or bring with you to make your transition to the States easier, and any additional questions or concerns you may have.
Office of International Services
In terms of on-campus resources, the Office of International Services which provides administrative, advising, and programming needs for the international students, staff and faculty at North Carolina State University. The OIS website offers a wealth of information for international postdocs, such as guidance on what to do when you first arrive in the United States, housing and utilities, and how to obtain a driver's license and a Social Security number.
Postdocs may, from time to time, need services that translate their foreign employment information (such as diplomas) to English. Following is a list of places that provide these types of translation services:
The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) provides guidelines on how non-residents file their taxes while working within the United States. The IRS has a general website at http://www.irs.gov/.
The IRS also has an online publication, Publication 519, which is the U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens.
The Payroll Department at North Carolina State University has a process that foreign nationals need to follow to receive correct taxation of payment from the university.
North Carolina State University has a contact that may be able to help with tax questions:
Foreign National Tax Specialist
There are times when an international postdoc may be interested in finding out how to obtain citizenship within the United States. Information about this can be found here.
Information on how to acquire a North Carolina driver's license is available at http://www.ncdot.org/dmv/.
Public and/or English Speaking Practice and Skills
Are you a postdoctoral scholar who is interested in learning how to improve your public speaking skills? Or maybe you are an international postdoc who wants practice improving your English? NC State University has an opportunity for you – the Campus Toastmasters Club. The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. The Campus Toastmasters Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Room 103 of Kilgore Hall. Please see the Campus Toastmasters Club website for more information about the club, the club officers and how to contact them.
OIS has additional information regarding resources to help international postdocs develop their English speaking skills.
North Carolina State University’s Intensive English Program (IEP) is a full-time, non-credit academic program offered Fall and Spring semesters for international students. Students who attend this program can take classes to acquire English proficiency in all key language skills. There is a cost associated with this program; please see the IEP website for more information.