Common Questions | Postdoctoral Fellowship Program | VP (Research) | UNB

Common Questions

I would like to be a Postdoctoral Fellow at UNB. How do I apply?

If you are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellowship at UNB, you should first contact the department(s) that best suit your interests or abilities and ask them to circulate your CV within their units as a potential Postdoctoral Fellow. Although Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs) are hired individually by UNB Researchers, the Office of the VP Research is responsible for all PDF matters, policies and guidelines. That said it must be the VP Research that issues formal offer letters to potential PDFs upon review of all the required paperwork.

I have received funding to conduct a Postdoctoral Fellowship at any institution of my choosing and I would like to come to UNB. What do I need to do?

If you are coming to UNB as a PDF and your funding will be coming to you directly from a third party you are still required to seek out a UNB faculty member or researcher to supervise you during your time at UNB. This person will need to complete the necessary paperwork identifying you as a UNB PDF which will ensure that you are added to any risk management or liability policies present at UNB. If you are having difficulty identifying someone, we can certainly help you make some connections.

As a UNB Postdoctoral Fellow will I have to pay taxes?

Yes, since the release of the Federal Budget in 2010 which clarified the fact that fellowships are taxable income in Canada all PDFs at UNB are responsible to pay Income Tax. PDFs at UNB however, are not responsible to pay CPP (Canada Pension Plan) or EI (Employment Insurance) premiums.

My Visa application is asking for a Labour Market Opinion file number. How do I get this?

Postdoctoral Fellowships are Human Resources and Development Canada (HRDC) exempt and do not require HRDC approval to conduct research/teaching activities in Canada. This exemption falls under regulation #205(c) ii, code C44. The engagement letter templates have been written with careful attention to non-residents and include the required information for the CIC application.

Can I be a Postdoctoral Fellow at UNB if I have not yet graduated with my PhD?

If a person has completed all of the requirements for his/her PhD (all courses, thesis, defence, and final submission of thesis copies to the university) and is merely waiting to graduate, they may begin a fellowship. The Postdoctoral Coordinator will request you provide a letter from the Graduate Studies Office at your current university verifying this information. Please note that there is a three-year grace period to begin your term at UNB from the date of receiving the PhD and if a person has not yet defended his/her thesis, they are not eligible to be a Postdoc.

What does the Vice-President (Research) office need in order to process a new Postdoctoral Fellowship application?

In order to process a new Postdoc application, we require that the supervisor submit:

  • an "Application to Hire a New Postdoctoral Fellow"
  • a current version of the potential Postdocs Curriculum Vitae
  • two letters of reference
  • if the PDF will be paid directly from any outside source, a copy of their award letter must be included
  • proof of receiving or defending PhD

How and when do I get paid?

Postdocs will be paid bi-weekly. It is imperative that we have received acceptance of your offer and that you have reported to the Human Resources & Organizational Development Department to sign all necessary payroll documentation before your payroll can commence. For that visit you should arrive with identification, your work permit (if applicable), your Social Insurance Number, and proof of a Canadian bank account number.

If you are late arriving (if it is past the original start date indicated on your letter of offer) your supervisor will need to complete further paperwork with the Office of the VP (Research) before you can be added to the payroll system.

How do I obtain access to the UNB Libraries?

Once in the payroll or Human Resources system, you are then able to acquire your UNB Identification Card (UCard). This will, among other things, give you access to all UNB libraries.

The office administration staff in your department can assist you with instructions on how to get this ID card.