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.
See below for specific guidelines and processes around the position, and go to the main postdoctoral fellows page for more detailed descriptions that apply to both employees and award recipients.
Compensation policy and practice
Salary ranges for Postdoctoral Fellows will vary depending on the availability of funding and may be governed by the regulations of granting agencies.
Where no specific salary is mandated, the Postdoctoral Fellow’s compensation is based on their relevant experience and responsibilities, with the final salary established by the supervising faculty member following consultation with the Postdoctoral Fellow.
At the discretion of the supervising faculty member, total compensation may exceed the regulated maximum of a single granting agency, provided that other sources of funding are available and the granting agency allows additional compensation. Given the short-term nature of the appointment, salaries are not normally reviewed mid-term.
Postdoctoral Fellows who receive salaries through UBC Payroll from UBC funding sources are employees of the University and receive statutory benefits such as Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance and Worker’s Compensation coverage.
While at UBC, any earnings received are considered Canadian income, unless otherwise indicated by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in writing prior to arrival.
Please note that by law deductions are taken from the salary for Canada Income Tax, Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance (EI). A T4 slip will be issued by Payroll, which will be used to file your taxes. Please ensure that your forwarding address is up to date in the event you leave UBC prior to this time. Contact a financial advisor or the Canada Revenue Agency for tax and financial information.
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Hours of work
By the nature of the work performed by Postdoctoral Fellows, it is possible that there will not be a strictly defined work schedule that will apply at all times. For jobs with special requirements where scheduling flexibility is a fundamental aspect of the work, it is essential that the Postdoctoral Fellow and the supervising faculty member will meet at the outset of the appointment to discuss and agree on issues and expectations around the scheduling of work, including how overtime requirements will be handled.
However, it is the University’s expectation that full-time work as a Postdoctoral Fellow will conform generally to the following guidelines and standards:
- Typical work week – The typical work week for all Postdoctoral Fellows in all departments, except as noted below, is forty (40) hours per week.
- Overtime – All overtime work performed for which overtime payments will be requested must be approved by the supervising faculty member in writing in advance of the overtime work and compensated accordingly. With mutual agreement between the Postdoctoral Fellow and the supervising faculty member, equivalent time off may be taken. The Postdoctoral Fellow must use accrued paid days off within the calendar year or project year in which they are accrued unless there is prior written approval of the supervising faculty member or the Department Head.
- Supervising faculty members have the right to direct days and hours of work for Postdoctoral Fellows as employees.
Postdoctoral Fellows who are employees are eligible for health benefits if they meet the eligibility requirements. Please refer to the benefits section on the main postdoctoral fellows page for detailed information on eligibility requirements. Detailed information regarding benefits and leaves is found in the benefits section of the employee website.
Vacation entitlement is governed by BC’s Employment Standards Act, and is at least 2 weeks per year with salary and benefits. Additional vacation time may be granted at the discretion of the supervising faculty member.
Leaves are governed by BC’s Employment Standards Act. Postdoctoral Fellows as employees are eligible for the following types of leaves:
- short term sick leave;
- maternity, parental, and adoption leave;
- general leave (without salary);
- jury duty or court witness leave; or
- compassionate care leave.