What is a Postdoctoral Fellow?

Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs) are valuable members of the university; they contribute immensely to the vitality of the research environment. In general, PDFs come to a university in order to:

  • gain additional research experience and expertise
  • develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become independent investigators themselves
  • engage in research projects that provide the challenge necessary for intellectual growth rather than provision of technical support

Supervisors can expect that a PDF will contribute significantly to the intellectual development of research projects. While a PDF should be capable of independent work, the PDF must work on projects that are of interest to the supervisor, who provides the environment and often the funding that allows the research to be carried out.

Prospective PDFs

Eligibility

To be eligible as a PDF at the University of Saskatchewan, the candidate must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent within five years immediately preceding the appointment.

Length of Term

The appointment of a PDF is time-limited. Generally, PDFs are appointed for an initial term of one to two years, renewable to a maximum of five years.

Choosing a Supervisor

While a prospective PDF may seek opportunities by contacting prospective supervisors, the search for and recruitment of a Postdoctoral Fellow is the responsibility of the supervisor. PDFs are recruited by mutual agreement between the candidate and a University of Saskatchewan faculty member.

As a prospective PDF, you can search our online listing of open postdoctoral positions. You can also use the University of Saskatchewan’s online index of Colleges and Schools for more information on specific faculty members and their research.

Process to appoint Canadian and Permanent Resident Applicants

Step 1: Reach an agreement in principle with a faculty member

Before entering into an agreement, the proposed supervisor and PDF candidate should read the Postdoctoral Fellows policy.

The supervisor is required to informally confirm that the candidate is eligible for appointment and will work with the candidate to reach a tentative agreement regarding appointment details.

The supervisor is required to draft a Letter of Offer and will send it to the candidate for review.
If the candidate agrees, s/he will submit a signed copy of the Letter of Offer to the supervisor and home department.

Step 2: Complete the Appointment Process

1. The home department will complete a PDF Registration form. Please ensure that remuneration is at least $35,000 per annum (1.75 times CGSR Doctoral Scholarship). The home department will send the completed registration form and Intellectual Property Agreement to the candidate for signature.

2. The Postdoctoral Fellow Candidate will submit the following documents to the home department:

  • Signed Registration Form
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Proof of doctorate degree completion
  • Signed Intellectual Property Agreement
  • A colour scan of the biographical page of your passport
  • Copy of External Award Letter (if applicable)
  • Copy of Permanent Resident Card (if applicable)

3. The home department will compile all documents listed above, including the signed letter of offer, into a single .pdf file and submit the package to CGSR for approval.

All PDF Registration Packages can be sent via email to the Coordinator for Postdoctoral Fellows at pdf.coordinator@usask.ca.

4. The PDF registration package is reviewed and approved by CGSR. A copy of the approved PDF Registration package will be sent to the home department. Please note, PDF appointments are not considered complete until approved by CGSR.

Step 3: Home Department completes hiring processes

Upon receipt of the approved PDF package, the home department will submit an NSID Account Request Form on behalf of the PDF.

On the PDF appointment start date, the home department will submit the following:
  • Electronic Job Submission (EJS) – submitted in AboutUS
  • Federal Tax Form – submitted to HR
  • Provincial Tax Form – submitted to HR

Process to appoint International Applicants

Step 1: Reach an agreement in principle with a faculty member

Before entering into an agreement, the proposed supervisor and PDF candidate should read the Postdoctoral Fellows policy

The supervisor is required to informally confirm that the candidate is eligible for appointment and will work with the candidate to reach a tentative agreement regarding appointment details.

The supervisor is required to draft a Letter of Offer and will send it to the candidate for review.

If the candidate agrees, s/he will submit a signed copy of the Letter of Offer to the supervisor and home department.

Step 2: Complete the Appointment Process

1. The home department will complete a PDF Registration form. Please ensure that remuneration is at least $35,000 (1.75 times CGSR Doctoral Scholarship). The home department will send the completed registration form and Intellectual Property Agreement to the candidate for signature.

2. The Postdoctoral Fellow Candidate will submit the following documents to the home department:
  • Signed Registration Form
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Proof of doctorate degree completion
  • Signed Intellectual Property Agreement
  • A colour scan of the biographical page of your passport
  • Copy of External Awards Letter (if applicable)


3. The home department will compile all documents listed above, including the signed letter of offer, into a single .pdf file and submit the package to CGSR for approval.
All PDF Registration Packages can be sent via email to the Coordinator for Postdoctoral Fellows at pdf.coordinator@usask.ca.

4. The PDF registration package is reviewed, and if appropriate, approved by CGSR. A copy of the approved PDF Registration package will be sent to the home department. Please note, International PDF appointments are not considered complete until approved by CGSR.

5. Upon approval by CGSR, an Offer of Employment form will be submitted to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on behalf of the PDF. A copy of the information package will be provided to the PDF, via email, with instructions regarding obtaining a work permit. The PDF may not apply for a work permit until the email from HR immigration has been received, confirming eligibility to apply for and obtain a work permit.

6. Upon receipt of the work permit, the PDF will submit a scanned colour copy to the home department and to the PDF Coordinator in CGSR (pdf.coordinator@usask.ca).

Step 3: Home Department completes hiring processes

1. Upon receipt of the approved PDF package, the home department will submit an NSID Account Request Form on behalf of the PDF.

2. On the PDF appointment start date, the home department will submit the following. Please note, a copy of the work permit must be received before proceeding:
  • Electronic Job Submission (EJS) – submitted in AboutUS
  • Federal Tax Form – submitted to HR
  • Provincial Tax Form – submitted to HR