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Clarification of the status of postdocs in relation to the University 

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Update: Changes in the registration system at the University of Toronto, due to recent changes in policy (see here) mean that some of the information on  this page may be out of date.  Please check the U of Toronto Postdoctoral Office webpage, or the U of Toronto Postdoctoral Association webpage for more information on current registration plans.

A postdoctoral scholar (“postdoc”) is an individual holding a doctoral degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of his or her choosing. Postdoctoral appointees can pursue basic, clinical or translational projects so long as their primary effort is devoted toward their own scholarship.

Currently, Postdoctoral Scholars within the University Health Network are classified as self-employed (for tax purposes), or as trainees (for educational / institutional purposes).  UHN Postdoctoral Scholars can register with the University of Toronto at this website, part of the School of Graduate Studies Postdoctoral Scholars Information webpage.

Future plans include to encourage clarification of postdoctoral scholar's status at the University and University Health Network, in order to allow postdocs within the UHN to work efficiently and with the full support of resources at the University and greater Toronto research community.