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About SFU Postdoctoral Positions
WHAT MAKES A POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW?
You will have completed a doctoral degree, normally within the previous five years, and you are planning to undertake additional advanced research at Simon Fraser University. You will be working in association with one or more SFU faculty members for a limited period of time, usually one to three years.
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To become an SFU postdoctoral fellow you must first complete a PhD program.
Although not mandated by SFU Policy R. 50.03, postdoctoral fellows are normally appointed at within five years of completing their PhD.
As a Postdoctoral Fellow at SFU, you will be associated with one or more faculty colleagues for the purpose of research collaboration. The supervising faculty member usually provides the resources needed to support the collaborative research activities.
There are two categories of SFU PDFs:
External Postdoctoral Fellows have secured funding from an external funding organization or a fellowship program which is external to the University and whose salary is paid wholly from such funding will be appointed as an External PDF. External PDFs do not have an employment relationship with SFU. They work independently under the mentorship of a supervising faculty member at SFU.
Internal Postdoctoral Fellows salary is paid in whole or in part either from funds held by a University faculty member or from the University’s financial resources or a combination of the two will be appointed as an Internal PDF. An Internal PDF is an employee of the University.
The first step in applying for an SFU postdoctoral fellowship is to contact a faculty member who matches your research interests. Each department should have a list of faculty members and their research topics and postdoctoral fellowship applications are made directly to a specific faculty member(s).
Where to Apply for Positions:
- Check faculties/departments of interest to see if there are any postdoctoral fellows positions currently available at SFU
- Visit our list of local and external Postdoctoral Fellow Funding opportunities
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies does not accept postdoctoral fellowship applications.
SFU departments are responsible for appointing postdoctoral fellows after this consultation occurs.