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Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellows are important members of Memorial’s scholarly community who contribute significantly to research and teaching excellence and enhance the profile of the University. There are currently over 60 Postdoctoral Fellows at Memorial who carry out research across a broad range of our academic units.

Memorial University supports the work of Postdocs through individual research training and professional development opportunities. The School of Graduate Studies along with individual academic units provide general administrative support to Postdoctoral Fellows. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.


Postdoctoral Fellows at Memorial University meet the following criteria:

  • Holders of PhD or equivalent degrees
  • Hold an appointment involving research
  • Are preparing for a full-time academic or research careerAre expected to publish results of research with appropriate acknowledgement of University affiliation except where this right has been limited by prior written agreement
  • Work under the guidance and supervision of a faculty member at Memorial UniversityAre not part of a clinical training program


There are two distinct categories of Postdocs at Memorial:

  • A PDF-E (Postdoctoral Fellow – Employee) is an employee of the University and is paid, at least in part, through University funds. The terms and conditions of employment for this group are governed by the collective agreement between the University and LUMUN on behalf of Postdoctoral Fellows as well as the University policy on Postdoctoral Fellows, with the collective agreement having priority. (The policy is presently being revised to bring it in line with the collective agreement.)
  • A PDF-H (Honorary Postdoctoral Fellow) is an appointee who receives no salary from University sources and thus is not part of the postdoc bargaining unit nor subject to the collective agreement. Honorary postdoctoral fellows are governed by the University policy on Postdoctoral Fellows. (The document, “Guidelines for Honorary Postdoctoral Fellows”, is currently under review and will replace the policy for this group.)