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Make a significant impact on discovery, creativity and innovation as a postdoc at UCalgary

Postdocs at UCalgary

At the University of Calgary postdocs are valued members of our community, and make indispensable contributions to academic research. Our program includes one-of-a-kind funding and fellowship opportunities that enable postdocs to pursue world-changing research. Postdoctoral scholars come to UCalgary with advanced skills and a research perspective developed at other leading institutions. Many come from beyond Canadian borders and enrich the cultural diversity of our campus community.

During your tenure as a postdoctoral scholar, you will challenge our faculty to consider new research directions, mentor graduate students, and — because of the time you are able to dedicate to research — can have a significant impact on our shared goals of promoting discovery, creativity and innovation.

Appointment types

There are three types of postdoctoral scholar appointments at the University of Calgary:

Postdoctoral Associate

An employee who receives funding through a supervising faculty member’s grant, a University grant, or an endowment/donation administered by the University.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Holder

An individual who is awarded a fellowship from an external granting agency following a competitive process. The University administers funds on behalf of the granting agency. These individuals do not have an employment relationship with the University.

General Associate – Guest Postdoctoral Scholar

An individual who is awarded a fellowship from an external granting agency following a competitive process. The University does not administer funds on behalf of the granting agency. These individuals do not have an employment relationship with the University. 

Postdoc Appreciation Week 2020

The Postdoc Representatives Committee is hosting the second annual Postdoc Appreciation Week at UCalgary to highlight the important work and significant contributions of the community from September 21 - 25, 2020.

Career Skills Workshop for Postdocs

Monday, September 21     1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

What do employers need and why are you a good fit? Join Career Development Specialist, Stephanie Warner, PhD, from UCalgary Career Services for a workshop exploring practical and authentic strategies to help you land a job you really want! 

Register here

Unconscious Bias Workshop for Postdocs

Friday, September 25     10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Postdoctoral Office welcomes Dr. William Yimbo from the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for a workshop that provides an understanding on how unconscious bias is formed, and ways to foster more inclusive environments.

Register here

Digital Postdoc Research Slam

The get ready for the digital edition of the Postdoc Research Slam! Present your research in a three-minute video and compete for monetary research prizes. Submit your abstract online from September 21 – October 2, 2020.

Learn more

National Postdoc Association

Additional online events are being held by the National Postdoc Association during the week.

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Current opportunities

The search and recruitment for a postdoctoral scholar is the responsibility of the supervisor and prospective postdoc. Postdocs are recruited by mutual agreement between the prospective postdoc and a University of Calgary faculty member. Visit the Careers website for a listing of current postdoctoral opportunities.

Spotlight on UCalgary Postdocs

What's the link between doctor pay and health-care outcomes?

Cumming postdoc Amity Quinn earns Banting Fellowship for research comparing fee-for-service and salaried payment models for physicians


Michael Moloney, left, and Matthew Ayre say the wreck of a Scottish whaling ship they located will help them learn about the history of whaling in the High Arctic. Photo by Javier Frutos, Canadian Geographic

Expedition uncovers first whaling wreck ever found in Canada's High Arctic

Arctic Institute of North America researchers track down underwater archaeological find off Baffin Island

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University of Calgary researchers Nick Jendzjowsky, left, first author on the study, and Richard Wilson describe the results of the study as 'immediate and dramatic.' Photos by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

UCalgary scientists discover new way to eliminate allergen-induced asthma attacks

In 'eureka moment,' researchers show the nervous system plays critical role

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Amanda Black, a Kinesiology student who specializes in sport-related concussions, is completing her PhD. Photos by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

Postdoctoral scholars draw on personal experience to pursue groundbreaking research

How the renewed Academic and Research Plans shape our workplace at University of Calgary

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Olga Santesteban-Echarri, who is developing a mobile-based application for treatment maintenance for youth at risk of psychosis, has been awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) fellowship. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

New app could help maintain post-therapy social skills

Psychology's Olga Santesteban-Echarri receives CIHR fellowship supporting work with youth at high risk for psychosis

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