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.
BECOMING A POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW AT UBC OKANAGAN
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.
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.
Meet Our Postdocs
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.
UBC Okanagan Postdoctoral Association
The Postdoctoral Association focuses on enhancing postdoctoral fellows’ experiences by generating support and resources, organizing events and workshops, and building a community for postdoctoral fellows at UBC Okanagan.
OFFICE LOCATION AND HOURS
College of Graduate Studies
OM2- 1161 Alumni Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
Monday to Friday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Use the email below to quickly reach our Postdoctoral Affairs Coordinator, Janie Bandringa.
General Inquires: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.