Faculty of Health Science Postdoctoral Association (FHS PDA)

This site is specifically designed for prospective, current, and former Postdoctoral Fellows within the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at McMaster University.

The Executive Members of the FHS PDA are an elected body of current Postdoctoral Fellows whose mandate is to represent and provide a link between the FHS Administration and the FHS Postdoctoral Fellows. If you are a current Postdoctoral Fellow within the FHS, then we represent you! The FHS Postdoctoral Fellows are non-unionized; thus the FHS PDA provides the point of intersection between the Faculty, the University, and you: the current FHS Postdoctoral Fellow. If you have any questions or concerns about life as an FHS Postdoctoral Fellow, contact us!

The FHS PDA is continutally working to improve and enhance the Postdoctoral experience at McMaster, by hosting Cereer Nights, Postdoctoral Breakfasts, Travel Award Competitions, and Networking Events. Do you have an idea for a workshop? Are there info sessions you would like to see? Let us know, and we will see what we can do.

We hope to hear from you, and look forward to having you as part of our ever-growing Postdoctoral network here at McMaster University.


“The McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Postdoctoral Association is dedicated to enhancing the Postdoctoral experience by connecting people, inspiring minds, and supporting career advancement in the field of Health Sciences.” – FHS PDA Mission Statement


Upcoming Events & Announcements

Business Cards for FHS Postdoctoral Fellows

The FHS PDA is providing 150 personalized McMaster business cards to Postdocs working in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Sign up at the Post Doc BBQ September 21st 2018! More details to follow via email.  

Postdoc BBQ - Open to ALL McMaster Postdocs!

Date: Friday September 21 2018

Location: The Phoenix (www.phoenixmcmaster.com), Building #4 on campus map (http://www.mcmaster.ca/welcome/images/campus_map.pdf)

Time: 3:30-5:30pm

Come on out for a bite on us! The FHS PDA has joined forces with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) to bring you an afternoon of BBQ and fellowship on the Phoenix patio. Bring your Postdoc friends and come join us for lunch! 

Past Events 

FHS Postdoc Breakfast (Theme: Announcement of Travel Awards)

Date: Monday May 7 2018

Location: Health Sciences Centre (HSC) 1J8

Time: 10:00am-11:00pm

 Come chat with your fellow Postdocs over a hot breakfast! Winners of the 4th Annual Travel Awards will be announced at the breakfast.


4th Annual FHS PDA Postdoc Travel Award Competition

**To apply for the FHS Postdoctoral Travel Award Competition: send your presentation title and two sentences describing your research to fhspda@mcmaster.ca using your McMaster email by April 11th (5:00pm). Please also include your name and department

The Faculty of Health Sciences Postdoctoral Association (FHS PDA) will be hosting our 4th annual travel award competition! The competition is open to all Postdoctoral Fellows affiliated with McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences. Don’t miss this great opportunity! A light lunch will be provided, and everyone is welcome to attend the presentations.

Date: Monday April 16 2018

Location: Health Sciences Centre (HSC) 1A3 (Purple Section)

Time: 11:00am

Awards: 1st place $1,500
             2nd place $1,000
             3rd & 4th places $500 each* *4th place will be awarded if there are 12 or more participants
Eligibility: -The presenter must be a current Postdoctoral Fellow in McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences
                -There must be a minimum of 10 participants registered for by April 11th in order for the event to run

-Only 1 presentation per Postdoctoral Fellow can be entered into the competition.
-The presentation may not have more than 5 slides (1 title slide, 3 data slides Max., and 1 acknowledgments slide).
-5 minutes will be allotted per presentation, with 2 minutes (Max.) for questions at the end.
-Presentations are to be directed towards a non-science, ‘lay’ audience.
-No props, audio, or video is permitted, and the presentation must be delivered using the computer provided. Presentations must be loaded onto the computer 15 minutes before the start of the competition.
-Presenters must remain in the room for the entire duration of the competition.
-Presenters will be disqualified if they do not abide by these rules. Presenters will be judged based on background, clarity, knowledge of topic, evidence, presentation skills, and timing.
-The decision of the adjudication panel is final.
-Results of the Travel Award Competition will be announced at the FHS PDA May Breakfast.

FHS Postdoc Breakfast (Theme: The Financially Savvy Postdoc)

Did your New Year's resolution include being better with your finances? Would you like to know how you can save more money, even on a Postdoc's salary? Given that Postdocs are typically employed in their precarious positions for 5+ years, have you ever considered how this might be affecting your retirement planning, and wondered if there is anything you can do about it? Do you have financial questions you have been too afraid to ask?

If you're interested in learning more about how to improve your financial wellbeing as a McMaster postdoc, the FHS PDA and McMaster postdoctoral fellows association has got the seminar for you! We're welcoming Toronto's financial wellness education expert, Frank Wiginton, to McMaster. Beginning at 10AM on Thurs. Jan. 18, 2018 in HSC 4E20, Frank will run an in-person financial wellness seminar aimed specifically at McMaster postdocs. Importantly, Frank will not be trying to sell us anything. In addition to learning about whatever financial wellness topics you prioritize in the linked survey (further info below), you will come away with a free, signed copy of Frank's book, How to Eat an ElephantCoffee and light snacks will also be provided

If this is interest to you, please complete the ~2-3 min survey identifying your financial wellness priorities by 12PM on Wed. Jan. 10, 2018 such that Frank, in collaboration with the FHS PDA, can best tailor the seminar to our needs and interests. 
Furthermore, please complete the linked EventBrite registration no later than 5PM, Wed. Jan. 17, so we can ensure that there are enough books available and enough coffee for all attendees.
Event: "The Financially Savvy Postdoc" with Frank Wiginton
Date: Thurs. Jan. 18, 2018
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Health Sciences Centre Rm 4E20

FHS Postdoc Breakfast (Theme: Holiday Breakfast)

Date: Tuesday December 19 2017

Location: Health Sciences Centre (HSC) 1A3

Time: 9:00-11:00am

FHS PDA Career Night

Date: Wednesday November 22 2017

Location: Great Hall, University Club of McMaster (ucmcmaster.com), Building #8 on campus map (http://www.mcmaster.ca/welcome/images/campus_map.pdf)

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

**Dresscode: Business casual

RSVP: https://fhspdacareernight2017.eventbrite.ca

Back by popular demand, the FHS PDA will host a Health Sciences Career Night! Come meet professionals from industry and academia to learn about their jobs, ask questions about their careers, and explore new employment avenues all in the span of an evening. You will have the opportunity to informally chat with a range of professionals including academic professors, consultants, industry scientists, business development managers and more. Come out and find out what YOUR future might have in store! Hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

Pre-ordered business cards will be available to pickup at the Career Night.

Career Night Speakers:
Dr. Nicole DeLong, Business Development Manager, Ontario Centres of Excellence
Dr. Farag Mena, Senior Clinical Specialist, Illumina
Dr. John Whitney, Assistant Professor, McMaster University
Dr. Karen Morley, Applications Scientist, BioLegend
Dr. Giada De Palma, Research Associate, McMaster University
Dr. Kyle Stephenson, Scientist 1, Turnstone Biologics
Dr. Matthew Miller, Assistant Professor, McMaster University
Dr. Adam Bujak, Director of Intellectual Property, Exerkine Corporation
Dr. Devon Radford, Research Associate, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Dr. Caitlin Mullarkey, Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream), McMaster University
Dr. Brendan McIntyre, Technical Sales Consultant, Clinical & Research, Miltenyi Biotec
Dr. Melec Zeadin, Educational Developer, McMaster University


Business Cards for FHS Postdoctoral Fellows

The FHS PDA is providing 150 personalized McMaster business cards to Postdocs working in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Sign up via the link below, and come to our FHS PDA Career night (November 22, details below) to collect your business cards!

Sign up by: Thursday November 9 2017


Business card sign up link: https://fhspda.wufoo.com/forms/postdoc-business-cards/

FHS PDA Annual General Meeting

Date: Tuesday 24 October 2017

Location: Health Sciences Centre (HSC) 4E20

Time: 9:00-11:00am

We are recruiting!

Are you interested in joining the FHS PDA, to improve the Postdoc life at McMaster? Contact us (fhspda@mcmaster.ca) and let us know you are interested in learning more about our Executive positions.

Elections will take place at our annual Townhall meeting in October 2017. Interested candidates will be asked to make a brief presentation outlining the goals they would like to accomplish as an Executive member of the FHS PDA.

Get involved today! Contact us at fhspda@mcmaster.ca to become part of the Executive Team! We'd love to have you!

Postdoc Breakfast (Theme: The Non-Academic Job Search) - Open to ALL McMaster Postdocs!

Date: Wednesday October 4 2017

Location: Health Sciences Centre (HSC) 1A3

Time: 9:00-11:00am

RSVP: Eventbrite: https://nonacademicjobsearch.eventbrite.ca

The FHS PDA is teaming up with the School of Grad Studies to bring you a breakfast with a purpose!

Coming this October Sonia Hawrylyshyn, the Manager of Employee Career Services with Human Resources Services (employeecareers.mcmaster.ca), will speak about the Non-Academic Job search. Sonia will hilight strategies presented in the new Non-Academic Work Search guide for Postdoctoral Fellows, which will be available to you following her presentation! Come hear about this exciting new resource!

Refreshments will be provided. 

Postdoc BBQ - Open to ALL McMaster Postdocs!

Date: Wednesday September 20 2017

Location: The Phoenix (www.phoenixmcmaster.com), Building #4 on campus map (http://www.mcmaster.ca/welcome/images/campus_map.pdf)

Time: 3:00-5:00pm

*Please RSVP on Eventbrite by Friday September 15th.

Come on out for a bite on us! The FHS PDA has joined forces with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) to bring you an afternoon of BBQ and fellowship on the Phoenix patio. Bring your Postdoc friends and come join us for lunch! 

Postdoc Appreciation Reception - Open to ALL McMaster Postdocs!

Date: Tuesday September 19 2017

Location: University Club of McMaster (ucmcmaster.com), Building #8 on campus map (http://www.mcmaster.ca/welcome/images/campus_map.pdf)

Time: 3:30-5:30pm

Registration: https://gs.mcmaster.ca/news-events/events/registration/postdoc-appreciation-reception

This is a reception to celebrate you, the Postdoctoral Fellow! Hosted by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), this event is the perfect opportunity to mingle with other McMaster Postdocs, catch up with Faculty members, and eat some good hors d'oeuvres!

This year, the SGS will have a professional photographer onsite to take complimentary headshots for Postdoctoral Fellows... Perfect for your LinkedIn profile! 

 Professional Headshots for Postdocs - Open to ALL McMaster Postdocs!

Date: Tuesday September 19 2017

Location: West Room of the University Club of McMaster (ucmcmaster.com), Building #8 on campus map (http://www.mcmaster.ca/welcome/images/campus_map.pdf)

Time: 2:30-5:30pm (30 minute timeslot)

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/professional-headshots-for-postdoctoral-fellows-tickets-36753452566

The School of Grad Studies is offering a unique opportunity to Postdocs!

Get a professional headshot taken before, during, or after the Postdoc Appreciation Reception to use on LinkedIn, ResearchGate, or other academic/professional platforms. Register for one of the thirty-minute time slots. You must be registered and attend during the time you selected in order to get your picture taken.

Information Session for New Postdoctoral Fellows - Open to ALL McMaster Postdocs!

Dates: Monday September 18 2017 and Wednesday September 20 2017

Location: McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC), Building #51 on campus map (http://www.mcmaster.ca/welcome/images/campus_map.pdf)

September 18 MUSC 230

September 20 MUSC 318

Times: 2:00-3:00pm (September 18)

           10:00-11:00am (September 20)

September 18 Registration: https://gs.mcmaster.ca/news-events/events/registration/postdoc-orientation-fall

September 20 Registration: https://gs.mcmaster.ca/news-events/events/registration/postdoc-orientation

This session is for all incoming Postdoctoral Fellows. Put on by the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, you will have the opportunity to meet Correen Smith, Coordinator of Postdoctoral Affairs and Research Training for McMaster University. There will also be a representative from the FHS PDA Executive there too! If you have questions about McMaster or Postdoc life, they have answers!

Summertime Ice Cream Social and Upcoming Events

Date: Thursday August 10 2017

Location: Picnic tables outside MUMC (Courtyard at North side of McMaster hospital, between Purple and Blue sections)

Time: 3:30pm - until we run out of ice cream!

Do you like ICE CREAM?!? How about ice cream and a chance to hear about what the FHS PDA has been up to this summer and has planned for the Fall! Come out and join us for a cool treat on a hot day!

Email us to be added to our email list, to hear about upcoming events! (fhspda@mcmaster.ca)


FHS PDA Postdoc Travel Award Competition

March 30, 2017

Location: TBA

Abstract deadline: February 28, 2017

  • Provide a 50-100 word description on your research project.

Presentation requirements and scoring


General Inquiries



Executive Committee

!! We have positions open for FHS PDA Executive Officers!  Please contact us if you are interested.

We would be happy to meet with you to discuss the details of the position. Join us so you can help make a difference !!



Luseadra McKerracher - Co-Chair



David Speicher - Co-Chair


Aurora Mejia - Social Events Coordinator 



Sara  King-Dowling - Administrative Officer




 Postdoctoral Advocate






Financial Officer






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