Your monthly guide to all things postdoc at York
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YorkUFGS here is your August 2017 guide to all things postdoc at YorkU.

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Important Information

Tri-council Parental Leave Supplements for Postdocs changing

SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR are improving access to paid parental leave, harmonizing their guidelines and reducing administrative burden.

Effective July 31, 2017, SSHRC will join NSERC and CIHR in providing parental leave supplements paid out of agency grants within six months following the child’s birth or adoption to eligible students and postdoctoral fellows who are primary caregivers for a child. (This will not be retroactive; it will apply to births and adoptions on or after July 31, 2017.)

For any questions regarding this change, please contact: SSHRC and NSERC:, or CIHR:

Beware Predatory Journals

Have you ever received an unsolicited email offering to publish your research that sounded too good to be true? You may have been approached by a predatory publisher that seeks to separate you from your money, or to publish your research in a venue that may potentially tarnish your scholarly reputation. Choosing where to publish your research can be challenging. York University Libraries provides support in this area through the expertise its librarians and archivists offer and through the services it provides. To get started, please consult Choosing an Appropriate Journal for Publishing Research. It provides a number of potential strategies for navigating the journal publishing landscape, as well as suggesting some questions to ask about a journal/publisher before choosing to work with it. To follow up further, consult your librarian.


SOSCIP TalentEdge Post-Doctoral Fellow

Deadline: August 14
The Electronic Machine Intelligence Lab (EMIL) has an exciting interdisciplinary position available for a post-doctoral research fellow (PDF) working in the emerging area of computational hardware design for base calling on strand-sequenced DNA data in a mobile/embedded context (e.g. field genomics, metagenomics).

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Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life 2018 Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline: September 7 (letters of recommendation), September 12 (first–stage proposals)
The collaboration is now inviting applications for postdoctoral fellowships to support independent research on topics related to the origins of life at one or more laboratories or research institutions in any country.

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Agency-Specific Tri-Council Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Tri-Council (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) offers agency-specific postdoctoral fellowship opportunities. If you are interested in applying for one of these opportunities, it is recommended that you plan ahead, and contact your prospective supervisor for the fellowship well in advance of the deadline.

  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships
    Deadline: September 20
    SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships offer up to 2 years of funding to the most promising recent PhD recipients conducting Social Sciences and Humanities research at a university or research institution.

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  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships
    Deadline: October 15
    NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships offer up to 2 years of funding to the most promising recent PhD recipients conducting Natural Sciences and Engineering at a university or research institution.

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  • CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowships
    Deadline: November 1
    CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for highly qualified applicants in all areas of health research at the post-PhD degree or post-health professional degree stages to add to their experience by engaging in health research.

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Upcoming Events

Save the Date — FGS Postdoctoral Orientation & Welcome Day

956 Kaneff Tower, September 12, 2:00–3:00pm
FGS organizes and hosts a two-part orientation and welcome day for all York postdoctoral fellows. This two-part event provides postdocs with important information, celebrates the important contributions postdocs make to York and beyond, and allows invaluable opportunities for networking. The Orientation will be followed by a Welcome Reception in the Schulich Dining Room. To register, or for more information contact Kim McIntyre, Postdoctoral Services Coordinator,

Enhancing your Experience

Tips and Myths to Consider when Preparing your SSHRC Application

At Congress 2017, SSHRC hosted a Career Corner presentation called “SSHRC Talent: Scholarships, Fellowships and Beyond.” Two presenters highlighted 10 tips to ensure a successful SSHRC application, as well as dispelled some of the myths that tend to pop up on the web about the application process.

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Mitacs Workshop: Career Professionalism

305 York Lanes, October 03, 8:45am–5:00pm
From first impressions to making a lasting impression, this one-day workshop will provide you with tips, tricks and tools from dressing the part to knowing how to apply effective communication techniques and professional behaviour when working closely with others.


Community News & Helpful Resources

Brexit analysis paints bleak picture for UK, potential for Canada

York’s Douglas Cumming writes comprehensive article on Brexit, tackling what is arguably the most pressing question: international business and entrepreneurship implications.

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Science Explorations Summer Camps

Graduate students and postdocs with children who have an interest in STEM disciplines can sign up for Science Explorations Summer Camps on Keele campus. Applications for financial assistance are still being accepted.

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What does it mean to be called a 'trainee'?

by Rachel Bernstein, Science

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What happens when your lab decides to switch institutions?

by Pinar Gurel, ASCB

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Housing: A home on a budget

by Chris Woolston, Nature

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