Your prospective supervisor will need to submit a letter of invitation to the postdoctoral development coordinator, to initiate your hiring process. Supervisors from the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science must follow an internal procedure before submitting the letter of invitation to the postdoctoral development coordinator.
Once approved by the dean of Graduate Studies, the letter will be sent to you to sign as proof of acceptance.
If you are an international postdoctoral candidate, your supervisor will need to submit Foreign National Exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Forms to the postdoctoral development coordinator.
If you are an award recipient, you will be either paid directly by the funding agency or your payment will be processed through Concordia’s payroll office. In some cases, a Postdoctoral Fellow Stipend Form will be used.
If your salary is funded by your supervisor’s research grant, they will need to submit a Notice of Hire form (NOH) to the Office of the Provost.
As a postdoctoral fellow with a salary, you are required to pay standard payroll deductions for government programs, including the Quebec Pension Plan, Quebec Parental Insurance Plan, employment insurance, and taxes. These contributions may qualify you for benefits such as parental leave or employment insurance.
Once you meet the eligibility criteria, you can also participate in Concordia's pension plan. Currently, you can join the plan after completing 700 hours of work or earning an income equal to or greater than 35% of the Quebec Pension Plan's maximum pensionable earnings.
It's important to note that you are not eligible for other benefits, such as Health and Dental benefits.
Step 4: Extensions
Your appointment may be extended/renewed, provided you’re still eligible, with your total appointment length not exceeding five years.
Requests for an extension should be initiated at least two months prior to your appointment’s end date. If you are an international postdoc and need to renew/apply for a new work permit, the process can take between three to six months or even more. Due to these delays, you should initiate the process well in advance of your appointment end date to ensure you obtain your work permit on time and avoid interruptions to your stipend/salary.