Publications & Resources

Changes to CAPS/ACSP Membership and Email Lists
On March 25, 2017 By J Sparling

CAPS/ACSP has revised our membership structure and email list access to accommodate: – Current postdocs (Active Members) – Former postdocs (Alumni Members) – All other interested parties (Adjunct Members) We also added Affiliation forms so groups/organizations (e.g., PDAs, PDOs, etc.) can now register as CAPS/ACSP-Affiliates for the purposes of recognition and information sharing. All current …

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Alberta Postdoctoral Associations Advocate for Employee Status and Uniform Provincial Policies
On January 26, 2017 By J Sparling

In April 2016 the Presidents of the Postdoctoral Association of the University of Calgary (PDAC), the University of Alberta Postdoctoral Fellows Association (PDFA), and the University of Lethbridge Postdoctoral Fellows Association (ULPA) submitted a letter to the Alberta Government requesting a meeting with the Province to discuss much-needed improvements in postdoctoral policy on behalf of …

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2016 Canadian National Postdoctoral Survey Results
On November 19, 2016 By J Sparling

CAPS-ACSP is excited to officially release the 2016 Canadian National Postdoc Survey Report and Executive Summary. The survey and report were funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The survey covered a wide range …

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A Unique Approach to the Start-Up is Ideal for Young Researchers
On October 08, 2016 By Admin

Over my years working with CAPS/ACSP (2011 – present), I have all-to-frequently witnessed postdocs frustrated with their employment opportunities. Both the 2013 CAPS/ACSP Postdoctoral Survey and the forthcoming 2016 survey (ask me in November) show that roughly 75% of postdocs are looking for a permanent position in the academy. Unfortunately, the reality is that there …

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CRA Employment Status Rulings: Important information for all postdocs working in Canada
On June 17, 2016 By Admin

As a member of the Executive Board of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars / Association Canadienne des Stagiaires Postdoctoraux (CAPS/ACSP), I regularly respond to emails from postdocs working all over Canada, who contact our organization for assistance and advice. Far too often those emails are from postdocs who are pregnant (or their friends or colleagues), who contact us seeking information about sources of funds for support during maternity leave. I am sure that many of you know postdocs working in Canada who have faced these or similar challenges related

Organizations of interest
On April 26, 2016 By Admin

National: The International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICoRSA) – an international organization that provides a global voice for research staff and postdoctoral scholars with respect to international research policy. Future of Research (FOR) – A US-based organization focused on creating a public discourse about the major issues affecting the future of biomedical research, including …

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Educational Resources
On April 07, 2016 By Admin

HHMI Educational Resources   National Academies Press (US) – access to >6,000 publications (free to download as pdf’s) on a wide range of topics in science, engineering and medicine, including health policy.   To suggest links for inclusion in this list please email:

Career Resources
On April 07, 2016 By Admin

CAUT – Academic career openings University Affairs – Searchable job ads for Canadian academics University Affairs – Career Advice page for Canadian academics Naturejobs Science Magazine – Career Resources Science Magazine – searchable job bank for scientists The Scientist Careers – Career resources The Petri Dish – listing of Canadian biotech jobs   To …

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Articles of Interest
On April 07, 2016 By Admin

Doctors Without Orders – Sigma Xi Postdoc Survey Results (2005) Science Magazine – Careers Articles – lots to choose from Strength in bonding – Nature (Sept 2008) University Affairs – News Page – lots to choose from Best places to work as a postdoc – The Scientist Magazine (2007 – 2013)   To suggest an …

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Blogs of Interest
On April 07, 2016 By Admin

The Black Hole – posts after May 2012 – blog about science in Canada and issues affecting trainees The Black Hole – older posts – archive from previous website       To suggest a blog for inclusion on this list please email: