Postdoc guidelines

Postdoctoral scholar appointments at the University of Calgary are full-time and involve substantial research activity. Effective September 2013, the minimum stipend for a postdoc at the University of Calgary is $40,000/year.

Contact

Reach the Postdoctoral Office at postdoc@ucalgary.ca

Postdoctoral Associate

  • An employee who receives funding through a supervising faculty member’s grant, a University grant, some external postdoctoral fellowships (e.g. Alberta Innovates, Mitacs, etc.), or an endowment/donation administered by the University.
  • The salary is subject to deductions for statutory benefits such as Canadian Pension Plan (CPP), Employment Insurance (EI) and income tax from each semi-monthly pay. At the end of the tax year, a T4 slip will be issued to the Postdoctoral Associate.
  • Postdoctoral associates receive employer-paid benefits (“Plan C Benefits”). Click here to review the current benefit rates.

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. The stipend (fellowship earnings) is not subject to CPP and EI deductions. The fellowship earnings are considered income for Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) purposes but the University does not deduct income tax from each semi-monthly paycheque. At the end of the tax year, University payroll will issue a T4A slip to the Postdoctoral Fellowship Holder.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Holders are not eligible for Plan C Benefits. Insurance can be purchased through an insurance broker and the supervisor has the option to reimburse the Postdoctoral Fellowship Holder.

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. The stipend (fellowship earnings) is not subject to CPP or EI deductions.  The fellowship earnings are considered income for CRA purposes but the granting agency does not deduct income tax at source. At the end of the tax year, the granting agency will issue a T4A slip to the Guest Postdoctoral Scholar.
  • Guest Postdoctoral Scholars are not eligible for Plan C Benefits. Insurance can be purchased through an insurance broker and the supervisor has the option to reimburse the Guest Postdoctoral Scholar.

Applying and recruiting

For postdocs and supervisors: understand the steps to apply or recruit for postdoctoral positions. 

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Arrival and onboarding

Understand your appointment and find helpful resources to get started at UCalgary.

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Benefits

Understand and access your benefits.

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Eligibility

To be eligible as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Calgary, the candidate must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent within the five years immediately preceding the appointment or ten years from the completion of an MD, DDS, DVM or equivalent. The window of eligibility may be extended with written justification if career interruption was due to childrearing, illness or family-related responsibilities.

The date of degree completion is considered to be the date upon which all requirements for the PhD/MD degree have been met, including successful defense and submission of the final corrected thesis. It is not the conferred or convocation date.

Duration of initial appointment may be from three months to three years. International postdoctoral scholars must have an initial appointment of at least twelve months in order to be eligible for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP).

There are no citizenship restrictions. Postdocs who are not Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada are advised to visit Information for International Postdoctoral Scholars for more information.

Recruitment

Recruiting a postdoctoral scholar is the responsibility of the individual faculty member or research group. Before recruiting a postdoctoral scholar, the faculty member needs to ensure that:

  • The prospective postdoctoral scholar is eligible to be a postdoc and can be recruited as either a Postdoctoral Associate, a Postdoctoral Fellowship Holder, or a Guest Postdoctoral Scholar.
  • The postdoctoral scholar will be receiving a minimum of $40,000 per year.
  • There is appropriate research/office space and resources available for the postdoc to complete the required research and training.