Postdoctoral Fellow Recruitment

 

OVERVIEW

Value

 Varies. See detailed description

Duration

Stream 1: up to 2 years

Stream 2: up to 3 years

Application Deadline

Notice of Intent: September 1, 2022

Application: November 1, 2022

Notice of Decision

February 2023

Start date

Anytime between April 1 and September 1, 2023

ORIS Contact

Penny Pickles (pickpj@uleth.ca)
Description

The Postdoctoral Fellow Recruitment program is an internal source of funds administered by the Office of Research and Innovation Services (ORIS) directed towards supporting the recruitment of postdoctoral fellows to the University of Lethbridge. Faculty members seeking to recruit a new postdoctoral fellow to the University of Lethbridge are eligible to apply.

Eligibility

All University of Lethbridge members, as defined in the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association Collective Agreement, who hold continuing appointments with research duties as part of their appointment may be eligible to apply. 

 Faculty members may only serve as a supervisor or co-supervisor on one application and may hold only one award at a time.

Postdoctoral candidates must have fulfilled all degree requirements for their PhD or PhD-equivalent before commencing their postdoctoral appointment but no longer than five years prior to the start of the award.  Extensions to this time frame will be considered in cases where the applicants have experienced career interruptions defined by the Tri-Agencies.

Value and Duration

Faculty members may apply to one of two streams:

  • Stream 1.  ULethbridge Postdoctoral Fellow valued at $45,000/year for up to 2 years (total value of $90,000).  This position is co-funded by the Office of Research and Innovation Services ($22,500/year) and the faculty supervisor ($22,500/year).  The supervisor must contribute additional funds to cover the employer portion of non-discretionary benefits.
  • Stream 2. Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Fellowship If you are developing a project eligible under the Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Fellowship program (details here) but your partner does not have the funds for their full contribution, you may request funding support from this program to top up the required partner contribution. Up to $30,000/year is available.  Partners must meet Mitacs eligibility.  Stream 2 funding will prioritize partners classified as not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, and hospitals in Canada. Please consult with Brandie Lea early in the planning process.
Timeline
  • September 1, 2022: Notice of Intent (NOI) due
  • November 1, 2022: Full application due
  • November 2022 to January 2023: Review by U of L Adjudication committee
  • February 2023: Notice of decisions are distributed to applicants
  • April to September 2023: Fellowships may begin anytime between April 1 and September 1, 2023
Use of funds

The award is to be used exclusively to pay the postdoctoral fellow.

How to apply

Notice of Intent

Applicants must submit a notice of intent.  Full applications will not be accepted if an NOI has not been submitted.

The notice of intent will be used to confirm applicant eligibility, confirm availability of matching funds, and identify potential reviewers.  Stream 2 applicants will have their proposed partner organization eligibility verified by a Mitacs representative. The PDF candidate name is not required at the NOI stage but will be required at the full application stage. The NOI should be submitted electronically to ORIS (oris@uleth.ca) by September 1.  

Full application

Applicants must complete the application form and include the supporting documents in an email to ORIS (oris@uleth.ca) by November 1.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • Materials prepared by the proposed supervisor:
    • Application coversheet
    • Statement describing the fit of their research interests to those of the postdoctoral fellow candidate, the anticipated mutual benefits, the benefits to the U of L, and the commitments to support the postdoctoral fellow candidate (e.g., mentorship and professional development opportunities, knowledge translation resources). (2 pages)
    • Discuss your efforts to establish a supportive EDI environment within your research and/or research team. Alternatively, discuss how you intend to create such an environment.  (1 page)
  • Materials prepared by the PDF Candidate:
    • Statement discussing how the fellowship will advance their independent research career, why they want to come to the University of Lethbridge, and what training and experience they expect to receive. (2 pages)
    • Outline of proposed research (3 pages, excluding references) – provide a detailed description of the proposed research project.  Provide background information to position the proposed research within the context of the current knowledge in the field. State the objectives and hypothesis, and outline your plans for achieving your research objectives. Clearly describe your theoretical approach, your methodology, and how your proposed research will contribute to advancing knowledge.  In addition:
      • Avoid discipline specific jargon, acronyms, and highly technical terms. 
      • If the proposed research is a continuation of your doctoral thesis, explain how the proposed research will develop or expand your thesis. 
    • Statement addressing career interruptions (only required if the PDF candidate is outside the 5 year eligibility window) (1 page)
      • The VPR will ask the adjudication committee to consider special circumstances that could have affected the candidate’s research, professional career, record of academic or research achievement, or completion of degrees.  Relevant circumstances might include administrative responsibilities, maternity/parental leave, child-rearing, illness, disability, cultural or community responsibilities, socio-economic context, or health-related family responsibilities, trauma and loss, or the COVID-19 pandemic.  In your statement, specify the dates for any delays or interruptions.
    • Self-identification questionnaire
    • Postdoctoral candidate CV (no page limit)
Adjudication Process

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Proposed research project (25%)
  • Ability to provide the described training within the research environment, including synergy with the proposed supervisor(s) (25%)
  • PDF candidate profile (30%)
  • EDI statement (10%)
  • Self- declaration as a racialized person (10%)

An EDI champion will attend adjudication meetings. While no set targets will be placed on the awarding of funding, consideration will be given to leveraging these awards to support the University in meeting their EDI goals and objectives.  Collection of self-identified EDI data will be embedded in the application program to permit an assessment of the program’s effectiveness in recruiting and awarding applications from the diverse community of scholars.

Conditions of the award
  • The postdoctoral funding cannot be used to support a different postdoctoral fellow. Should the postdoctoral candidate named in the application decide not to take up the position, the award must be forfeited and returned to the Office of Research and Innovation Services.
  • The award must recruit a new postdoctoral fellow to the University of Lethbridge.  Postdoctoral fellows who currently hold, or previously held, a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Lethbridge are not eligible.  However, postdoctoral fellow candidates that completed their doctoral studies at the University of Lethbridge are eligible.
  • Postdoctoral fellows do not need to be Canadian citizens but must be legally entitled to work full-time in Canada.
  • Under Stream 1, if the PDF receives an external salary support award during the time of award, the contribution from the Office of Research and Innovation Services will cease.  Remaining Office of Research and Innovation Services’ funds must be returned to the Office of Research and Innovation Services for use in future competitions. The faculty supervisor may adjust their contribution so long as the postdoctoral fellow receives an annual salary of $5,000/year more than they were receiving prior to securing the additional funding.  As well, the Office of Research and Innovation Services will provide the postdoctoral fellow with a one-time research stipend valued at $5,000.
  • The supervisor and the postdoctoral fellow must commit to being on one of the University of Lethbridge campuses for at least 50% of their time.
  • In the event the postdoctoral fellow relinquishes the award before the end of the two-year term, the following will occur:
    • For stream 1: the balance of the award will be returned to ORIS for future competitions.  Future installments will not be provided.
    • For stream 2: Mitacs policy and process will be followed.

Stream 2 applicants, please note the following additional conditions:

  • Awards submitted under Stream 2 are conditional on a successful Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Postdoc application.
  • Federal stacking limits apply to matching funding.  Funding from CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC are not eligible to be leveraged for this opportunity.
  • Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible if they previously held a Mitacs Elevate award.
  • Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible for fellowships at partner organizations where they are (or previously were) a full-time employee.
  • Applications approved for funding under stream 2 is conditional on an approved Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Postdoc application. 
Employment Equity Statement

uLethbridge is committed to creating an inclusive, diverse, and representative workforce that is reflective of the community we serve. The University welcomes all applications from qualified candidates including all employment equity groups of Indigenous people, women, persons with disabilities, racialized individuals and persons of diverse gender and sexual orientation protected under the Alberta Human rights code. In accordance with the Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given preference.

 

Contact Name: 
Penny Pickles
Grant Location: 
Internal
External Deadline: 
Friday, July 8, 2022
Internal Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Grant Type: 
Trainee
Grant Area: 
Other
Grant Eligibility: 
Faculty