The University of Ottawa considers that postdoctoral fellows are an integral part of the University community and contribute to its mission. It therefore wishes to offer postdoctoral fellows official status, enhance the value of their experiences, and offer services meeting their needs. The University expects in return that postdoctoral fellows will comply with university policies, and will recognize their affiliation with the University in their publications and in their participation in scholarly meetings and endeavours.
Registering as a postdoctoral fellow at the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OVPGPS) is mandatory prior to undertaking your fellowship. Registering will allow you access to, among other things, a testimonial of completion and activities offered through the Altitude professional skills-development program. Furthermore, for all postdoctoral fellow employees, registration with the OVPGPS is necessary in order to obtain a contract from Human Resources, as per article 6 of Policy 123.
University of Ottawa postdoctoral appointments are based on the following:
- Appointments are viewed as additional training in order to gain experience for a full-time academic or research career, to strengthen one’s publication record and broaden one’s research expertise;
- Appointees work under the supervision of a faculty member at the University or one of its affiliated institutes;
- Appointees are funded through a postdoctoral fellowship;
- Initial registration for a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa should take place within five years of completing a PhD (this period may be extended for recipients of postdoctoral fellowships from recognized external agencies if the agency’s eligibility period differs from that of the University of Ottawa);
- The minimum length of an appointment is six months and the maximum length should not exceed the fifth year of post-PhD training (including previous postdoctoral appointments at the University of Ottawa or elsewhere);
- The objective of the appointment is to undertake scholarly activities;
- For postdoctoral appointments, a minimum level of funding (stipend or fellowship) of $34,000 per year is required. This funding level is approved by the UO Research Commission. The funding received from part-time teaching appointments at the University may also be considered as funding for postdoctoral fellows. Please note that candidates must apply for part-time teaching positions by following the guidelines of the APTPUO Collective Agreement;
- The minimum compensation for a PDF Employee is determined by the University on an annual basis and is set at 1,820 hours per year normally averaging a 35 hours per week schedule. Please note that overtime hours must be approved in writing by the supervisor before the work begins;
We recommend postdoctoral appointees and their supervisors to complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) in order to define their respective expectations for the postdoctoral appointment.
Some external granting agencies approve only two- or three-year postdoctoral appointments. It is the responsibility of both the supervisor and the postdoctoral fellow to check the regulations of the granting agency.
Postdoctoral fellows are expected to understand, respect, and abide by all of the regulations, procedures, and policies of the University that might apply to them, including, but not limited to:
- The Responsible Code of Conduct addresses such diverse areas as certification by a research ethics board, health and safety of participants, environmental monitoring, animal care, and the handling of potentially bio-hazardous materials.
The University of Ottawa’s policy on plagiarism is outlined in detail on the . Please note that while the policy explicitly mentions “the student,” the policy applies mutatis mutandis to postdoctoral fellows. Of particular note are the following points:
Academic fraud is an act that may result in a false academic evaluation of a postdoctoral fellow. Without limiting the generality of this definition, academic fraud occurs when a postdoctoral fellow commits any of the following offences:
- commits plagiarism or cheating of any kind;
- submits a work of which the postdoctoral fellow is not the author, in whole or in part (except for duly cited quotations or references). Such work may include an academic paper, an essay, a research report, a conference paper, whether written, oral, or in another form;
- presents research data that has been falsified or concocted in any way;
- attributes a purported statement of fact or reference to a source that has been concocted;
- falsifies an academic evaluation, misrepresents an academic evaluation, uses a forged or falsified academic record (including a curriculum vitae) or supporting document, or facilitates the use of a falsified academic record or supporting document;
- undertakes any other action for the purpose of falsifying an academic evaluation.
Code of Conduct for the Use of Computing Facilities
Postdoctoral fellows who use the computing facilities of the University of Ottawa must do so only for the purposes for which they have been authorized. They must abide by the University of Ottawa’s code of conduct applicable to these facilities, as outlined in .
Postdoctoral fellows must also comply with applicable provincial and federal legislation; professional codes of conduct of ethics governing their discipline; and regulations of external agencies governing their grants.
Responsibilities of the supervisor
In their role as mentors, they are also obliged to inform their postdoctoral fellows of the source of their funding, the duration of their appointment, and of their rights, privileges, and obligations.
When conflicts arise between the supervisor(s) and the postdoctoral fellow, the following procedures are to be followed:
Either party involved in a dispute shall attempt first to resolve the dispute informally by meeting with the other party involved. When the dispute involves a postdoctoral fellow’s academic performance, the postdoctoral fellow’s supervising faculty member(s) shall previously have followed a progressive corrective action process, including documentation of discussions, counseling, verbal and written warnings. If the parties are not able to resolve the dispute within ten (10) working days from their first meeting, either party shall consult with the head of the academic unit (usually, the chair of the department). The head of the academic unit shall arrange for a meeting with the parties in an attempt to resolve the dispute. Both parties shall prepare documentation outlining their position and including any pertinent information (e.g. e-mails sent, meetings previously held, a narrative of events, etc.). They shall also indicate the desired outcome.
If any issue cannot be resolved at the departmental level within ten (10) working days from the termination of the consultation process with the head of the academic unit, either party in the dispute may consult with the Dean of that faculty (or the Dean’s delegate), as appropriate. The Dean or the Dean’s delegate shall advise all parties of appropriate policies, procedures, and possible outcomes with respect to the dispute. Should either party wish to proceed to a formal complaint at this point (“complainant”), the complainant must provide written details of the nature of the dispute, the attempts made to resolve the issue, and the remedy sought to the Dean or the Dean’s delegate within five (5) working days from the date the consultation process with the Dean or the Dean’s delegate has been completed. The Dean or the Dean’s delegate will make a decision on the complaint within ten (10) working days from the date the complaint was received and will inform all the parties of the decision in writing.
In the event that a dispute cannot be resolved at the faculty level, then either party may appeal to the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies or the Vice-Provost's delegate who will attempt to find a resolution within ten (10) working days from the receipt of the appeal. All relevant information related to the dispute shall be provided to the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral studies or the Vice-Provost’s delegate at the time of the filing of the appeal. The decision of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies or the Vice-Provost’s delegate is final and binding on the parties, and it will be communicated in writing to both parties.
It should be noted that the procedures for dispute resolution outlined in this document are not intended to supersede any dispute procedure that has been provided for in another University of Ottawa policy applicable to the matter in dispute.
Approved by the FGPS Executive Committee on January 15, 2013.
Individuals who have completed their postdoctoral fellowship and have reached the maximum time limit (see ) can be hired as a research associate. If you are interested in becoming a research associate, you can contact a of your choice to obtain information on job openings.
A visiting researcher or professor is a recognized scholar whose presence will increase the scope or quality of the scholarly activities of the University. This person usually holds a permanent position outside the University of Ottawa. To find out more about these opportunities, please contact a of your choice.