Responsibilities of postdoctoral researchers
Postdocs’ responsibilities entail that they:
- inform themselves of, and adhere to, the university policies and/or regulations governing student conduct as outlined in the University Policies and Regulations;
- inform themselves of, and adhere to, the policies and/or regulation governing leaves of absence, and inform their supervisor of any absences;
- inform themselves of, and adhere to, the General Guidelines and Regulations as outlined in McGill's Graduate and Postdoctoral e-Calendar, including the requirement to hold valid medical coverage;
- inform themselves of, and adhere to, the Research Policies and Guidelines as outlined in McGill's Graduate and Postdoctoral e-Calendar*;
- present themselves for registration with a complete submission of required materials;
- adhere to their Letter of Agreement for Postdoctoral Education;
- communicate regularly with their supervisor.
*Additional important research guidelines, policies and resources, including those pertaining to research progress tracking, intellectual property and research ethics/safety, should also be consulted. The information outlined applies to both graduate students and postdoctorals.
Responsibilities of supervisors & departments/academic units
Please see the Faculty/Staff section for a complete breakdown of the responsibilities of supervisors and departments/units as they pertain to postdoctoral education.
Failure on the part of the postdoc or supervisor to fulfill their responsibilities and commitments is considered to be a breach of the Letter of Agreement. Any issues or conflicts that may arise between a supervisor and postdoc, including those that require disciplinary action, should be dealt with in essentially the same matter as similar issues would be dealt with for graduate students.
- The supervisor and postdoc should meet to endeavour resolving the issue.
- If unresolved, the Graduate Program Director and/or Department Chair should be consulted.
- If the matter requires further action, the Office of the Dean or the Office of the Ombudsperson should be contacted.