A Guide for Postdoctoral Fellows, the handbook for UBC PDFs, provides basic information and advice for prospective and current PDFs. It should facilitate your transition to UBC, and help to ensure that you have a satisfying and rewarding experience.
Much of the information in this handbook is from the Faculty Relations website and in the Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO) website. Please check these websites for more detailed information and to check for current language and developments. UBC operates according to policies, practices and procedures that may change from time to time. Contained herein are policies and resources pertinent to PDFs. PDFs may also be subject to additional policies that are specific to their departments or funding agencies. The official University of British Columbia Postdoctoral Policy, contained in Policy #61, can be found within the list of policies on the University Counsel website.
Download A Guide for Postdoctoral Fellows.
Last Updated March 2017
Relocation to Vancouver
The Faculty Staff Housing & Relocation Services Office helps with the smooth transition of new faculty, PDFs, staff and their families who are relocating to UBC. The office is an excellent first point of contact for those moving or who have recently moved, providing resources, support and events to help situate you in your new surroundings. Please contact the Faculty Staff Housing & Relocation Services office for assistance with your relocation.
UBC’s official process for resolution of disagreements is found in Policy #61.
Open and frequent communication between you and your supervising faculty member is the best way to avoid conflict. To resolve a disagreement between you and your supervising faculty member is to recognize it when it first arises, and collaborate immediately on finding a solution. If unresolved, disagreements should be brought to the attention of the head of your academic unit.
If further resolution is needed, contact your Faculty’s PDF Coordinator, who will act as an impartial facilitator. PDF Coordinators for each Faculty are as follows:
- Applied Science: Dr. James Olson
- Arts: Dr. Matthew Evenden
- Dentistry: Dr. Edward Putnins
- Education: Dr. Mark Beauchamp
- Forestry: Dr. Chris Chanway
- Land and Food Systems: Dr. David Kitts
- Law: Dr. Ljiljana Biukovic
- Medicine: Dr. Wendy Robinson
- Pharmaceutical Sciences: Dr. Thomas Chang
- Sauder School of Business: Dr. John Ries
- Science: Dr. Mark MacLachlan (pro tem)
The Faculty PDF Coordinator or the PDF may refer an issue to either the Associate Dean for PDFs in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UBC Vancouver or the Dean, College of Graduate Studies at UBC Okanagan, whose decision on an issue will be final.