Our postdoctoral fellows work with leaders in their field to contribute to a body of knowledge that impacts our region, our country, and the international community.

What is a Postdoctoral Fellow?

Postdoctoral Fellows are individuals who have completed a doctoral degree and who are seeking further training in a particular area of research. As valued members of the UBC Okanagan community, Postdoctoral Fellows make an indispensable contribution to the research environment of the University and to their chosen field. In doing so, they raise the profile of themselves and UBC. They work under the general supervision of a faculty member and may assist with the supervision of graduate students.

Postdoctoral fellows at UBC can be either employees or trainees (award recipients), depending on the job description, level of direction and nature of the research grant.

  • A postdoctoral fellow is an employee where the individual plays a key role on a research team under the direction of and funded by the supervising faculty member.
  • A postdoctoral fellow is an award recipient where the individual is awarded a competitive fellowship from an external granting agency, which may or may not be paid through UBC, or receives financial support from a sponsoring agency. Award recipients don’t have an employment relationship with UBC. They independently work under the mentorship of a supervising faculty member at UBC.

For information specifically related to the different categories, such as benefits and leaves, please see Postdoctoral Fellows as Employees or Postdoctoral Fellows as Award Recipients.


Postdoctoral appointments at UBC are managed through individual faculties and departments. The College of Graduate Studies does not accept applications nor are we involved in the hiring process.


Postdoctoral research fellowship eligibility can be found in UBC Policy AP10, Postdoctoral Fellows. In order to be eligible for a postdoctoral fellowship, a postdoctoral fellow generally must be within 5 years of being awarded a PhD or within 10 years of being awarded a M.D. or D.D.S. degree.

First Steps

The first step in finding a PDF position at UBC is to search the research interests of individual faculty members to locate a potential supervisor. Faculty members can be contacted directly to discuss potential PDF appointment opportunities, and applications can be made directly to faculty members.

Dedicated Research Facilities

In addition to dozens of active research labs, Postdoctoral Fellows can collaborate with researchers at one of the many institutes and centres housed on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Accomplished Faculty Members

If you are interested in applying for a Postdoctoral Fellowship, you will have access to renowned and award-winning faculty members, who are recognized leaders in their field.

Fellowships and Funding

In addition to Tri-Council Postdoctoral funding opportunities, Postdoctoral Fellows can apply for either a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, or a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.


Human Resources Information

Human Resources handles matters related to appointments, pay and benefits. Areas include:


Postdoctoral Fellows are supported within the College of Graduate Studies.



College of Graduate Studies
EME 2121 – 1137 Alumni Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

Monday to Friday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Use the email below to quickly reach the designated team.

General Inquires: postdoc.ok@ubc.ca

For assistance with Benefits, please contact Human Resources, Jacky Ivans.  

For assistance with Payroll, please contact the appropriate Faculty Payroll Representative. 

For assistance with immigration-related issues, please contact Human Resources, Trisha Kasawski. 

For information about the UBC Postdoctoral Association, please contact PDA UBCO.