Recruiting postdoctoral scholars is the responsibility of the individual faculty member or research group. Before recruiting a postdoctoral fellow, the faculty member who will be providing the training needs to ensure that:
- Sufficient financial support for the PDF is available for the duration of the position. For information on external fellowship opportunities click here.
- There is appropriate research/office space and resources available to complete the training
- The prospective PDF fits within the definition of a PDF as outlined in the University of Calgary postdoctoral policy. Individuals can only be appointed as postdoctoral scholars to the end of their 5th year post-PhD (10 years of post-completion of an MD, DDS, DVM or equivalent)
- The prospective PDaF provides the following documentation:
- Official documents indicating that s/he has (or will have) completed all the requirements for a doctoral degree from a recognized university
- Letters of recommendation.
Advertising a Position
If you wish, you may post your postdoctoral position on the Postdoctoral Career Opportunities website by emailing the ad to the postdoctoral administrator at email@example.com. Each posting will remain on the Postdoctoral Career Opportunities website for six months or until notice is received that the position has been filled.
Many societies provide placement services on their web sites or at their annual meetings. These meetings can be effective recruiting tools, particularly when prospective candidates and supervisors can meet.
Negotiating a Verbal Offer
Once you've selected a candidate for a Postdoc position you will first negotiate a verbal offer in preparation for producing a formal offer letter. Prior to negotiating a verbal offer consult the Verbal Offer Checklist. This checklist was designed to help guide your verbal negotiation and to ensure the offer your are making meets both university and funding agency rules and guidelines.