[Beowulf] a postdoc in Canada

Glen Beane glen.beane at jax.org
Tue Mar 25 09:30:38 PDT 2008

On Mar 25, 2008, at 9:34 AM, Jim Lux wrote:
> Quoting "f.costen at cs.man.ac.uk" <fumie.costen at manchester.ac.uk>, on  
> Tue 25 Mar 2008 04:21:54 AM PDT:
>> Dear All,
>> One of my friends is looking for a person
>> who can take up a postdoc for one year in Canada
>> ( 1500 canadian dollars  including tax per month )
>> This may be able to be extended subject to
>> successive grant availability.
> Just curious, since I'm not in academia, but is this a typical  
> compensation ($18,000/yr).  Is this for a full time job? Or is the  
> person going to be out getting some other funds, and the subject  
> research is just part of their overall work.  Or do they get some  
> other stipend/living allowance.  (Here in California, this would be  
> just about minimum wage: $8/hr = $16k/yr)

I'm at a private non-profit research lab doing cancer/genetics  
research and I am pretty sure we pay post docs according to the NIH  
scale which starts at around 37k for someone with 0-1 years  
experience and goes to about 51k for someone with 7+ years (if you  
want to do some googling you can find the NIH postdoc stipend  
scale).  These stipends are exempt from FICA tax.  If the income paid  
is determined to be subject to FICA tax then the postdoc is  
considered an employee and they get paid a salary that is a little  
higher than the stipends

Glen L. Beane
Software Engineer
The Jackson Laboratory
Phone (207) 288-6153

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