Memorial University of Newfoundland considers that Postdoctoral Fellows who are employees of the University (PDF-Es) are an integral part of the university and make a significant contribution to the research and teaching environment and mission of the university. As members of the research community, they contribute to the nation's research and enhance the stature of the university.
Postdoctoral appointments provide recent doctoral degree recipients with an opportunity to:
1) develop further the research skills acquired in their doctoral programmes under the sponsorship of established researchers,
2) learn new research techniques or embark on new research programmes with guidance from and in consultation with an experienced faculty member,
3) make significant individual contributions to their chosen field,
4) strengthen their publication records and curricula vitae, thereby building a reputation and enhancing their chances of securing a more permanent faculty or research position, and
5) gain teaching and supervisory experience where appropriate.
To outline the responsibilities, obligations, expectations, services and procedures which relate to the appointment of Postdoctoral Fellows, in conjunction with the applicable collective agreements.
Postdoctoral Fellows at Memorial University who are members of the LUMUN bargaining unit.
Postdoctoral Fellows not receiving any salary through Memorial University and appointed on an honorary basis are excluded from this policy and are governed by the Guidelines for Honorary Postdoctoral Fellows.
Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF-E) - one who meets all the following criteria:
In recognition of the Principles above, Memorial University appoints scholars with the title of Postdoctoral Fellow and provides services to meet their needs. PDF-Es must comply with university policies and procedures and acknowledge their affiliation with the university in their publications and in their participation in scholarly meetings and endeavours.
Normally, appointments occur within three to five years of being awarded the doctoral degree or within ten years of being awarded the MD degree, depending on the number of PDF-E positions already completed. These periods may be extended by circumstances requiring an interruption in research career, e.g. by parental responsibilities.
PDF-Es can receive funding from grants or contracts held by faculty or from departmental resources. All PDF-Es, regardless of how paid, are appointed by the Dean or applicable Associate Vice-President (Academic).
Any teaching appointments will conform to requirements of the collective agreements.
Recruitment, Selection and Appointment
The School of Graduate Studies will make orientation and professional development available to PDF-Es.
Sources of Funds