Research Associate is the title given to postdocs who are affiliated with the university as employees. In these cases the source of funds does not restrict direct payment/employment from the university. Postdoctoral research associates are part of the University's Professional Research Staff (PRS). Other categories of the Professional Research Staff include Research Scientists, Senior Scientists, and Principal Scientists.
While we strive to maintain consistency in benefits for both employee and non-employee postdocs, this distinction does create some differences between the two categories, which are outlined where relevant in the sections below. For a quick reference, please refer to the Professional Research Staff benefits information offered by University Human Resources.