Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs) are key contributors to SFU’s research mission. As valued members of the University community, their primary objectives include broadening their research-related expertise, building associations with established researchers, and strengthening their publication record. As researchers, PDFs have the opportunity to make significant contributions to their chosen fields, to the University, and to the University’s faculty researchers and graduate students.

Postdoctoral Fellows who are currently part of the SFU community, or who are considering choosing SFU to further their research expertise can find additional information at Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

All PDFs must meet the University definition of a Postdoctoral Fellow and be formally appointed at SFU. The anticipated duration of the initial appointment is one year and must be made within the first five years after the PDF’s completion of their doctoral degree. Subject to funding availability a PDF may be eligible for further appointments. The total duration of all appointments must not exceed five years. 

Appointment

All Postdoctoral Fellows must be formally appointed at SFU. The anticipated duration of the initial appointment is one year and must be made within the first five years after the PDF’s completion of their doctoral degree. Subject to funding availability a PDF may be eligible for further appointments. The total duration of all appointments must not exceed five years.  

The PDF Appointment Form, along with the necessary supporting documentation is used by Faculty Relations to generate the offer of employment / invitation letter, create the employment record and initiate payroll.

The following supporting documentation must accompany the PDF Appointment Form:

  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Proof of Degree (Unofficial Transcript)

For Non-Canadian Post-Docs:

  • Copy of valid work permit
  • Copy of valid passport

The letters outline the conditions of the appointment as outlined in Policy 50.03 procedures, section 5.1.2. Non-Canadian PDFs may use this letter to apply for a work permit.

An offer of employment is not complete until signed acceptance by the PDF has been received.

Special attention must be given to the accuracy of the information provided, particularly as it relates to the annual salary and vacation time and whether the PDF is internal or external as defined in the policy.

The PDF annual salary represents the gross amount the PDF will be paid on a yearly basis. It does not include the employer’s portion of statutory deductions and non-discretionary benefits, which may cost up to an additional 14% of the PDFs salary and which will be charged to the grant from which the annual salary is paid.

An offer of employment is not considered complete until signed acceptance by the PDF has been received.

Completed PDF Appointment Forms and supporting documentation are to be sent to postdoc@sfu.ca

Benefits

More information coming soon.

Immigration

SFU is proud to welcome a diverse community of researchers from across the globe.

The process to obtain permission from Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) can be complex.
Faculty Relations provides expert immigration counsel to the SFU community on the interpretation of the Immigration Act and the regulations pertaining to international employees.

The SFU Immigration Portal is available for all departments who invite or hire international PDFs.

For further assistance please contact Alina Roman at postdoc@sfu.ca