Industry Postdoctoral Fellowship
Connecting innovation to industry
Opportunity status:
Visiting Fellowship
Open until
Open until funds are fully allocated
Expected to open fall 2024/winter 2025
Industry Postdoctoral Fellowship
Open until
Open until funds are fully allocated
Expected to open summer 2024
International Postdoctoral Fellowship
Open until
Open until funds are fully allocated
Expected to open late 2024/winter 2025

About the program

The Industry Postdoctoral Fellowship (IndPDF) Program matches outstanding postdoctoral researchers with leading ocean companies to deliver the best talent to accelerate innovation and foster new partnerships. Postdoctoral fellows have the opportunity to increase the impact of their research through broad industry opportunities while gaining meaningful professional development experiences.  Industry partners get access to top minds and university resources through an efficient matching and placement program.

The IndPDF program currently in the pilot phase.

Industry Postoctoral Fellowship
Ocean and Climate Expertise
Net Zero
Research Focus
  • Carbon cycles
  • North Atlantic sink
  • Basin-scale connectivity
  • Coastal resilience
  • Coordination of ocean observing
  • Climate governance and policy
Technical Competency
  • Sensor integration and verification
  • Modelling and prediction
  • Marine robotics operations and mission planning
Research Focus
  • Protein and feed production
  • Capture fisheries stock
  • Climate stressors
  • Fish welfare and vaccinology
  • Precision and regenerative aquaculture
  • Governance and policy
  • Containment remediation
Technical Competency
  • Environmental assessment
  • Green processing and production
  • Quality assessment
  • Fish welfare and vaccinology
  • Feed development
Research Focus
  • Future marine life
  • Response to climate change
  • Inclusion into fisheries management
  • Impacts of deep-sea mining
  • Marine spatial planning
  • Invasive species
Technical Competency
  • Benthic mapping
  • Genomics and population genetics
  • eDNA
Research Focus
  • Application of AI to improve ocean observations
  • Intergration with models
  • FAIR data management
  • Informing policy
  • Data and metadata quality standards
Technical Competency
  • Annotating data for AI/ML training
  • Web information service development
  • Advanced signal processing

Benefits of the program

This postdoctoral fellowship offers benefits to industry and postdoctoral fellows.

Benefits to industry

  • Highly leverage funding to pay competitive wages
  • A pipeline to highly qualified people
  • Innovation and technical excellence
  • Access to university assets

Benefits to postdoctoral fellows

  • Well-paid employment opportunities
  • Professional development experience
  • Networks that support diverse exploration
  • Strengthened academic career paths


  • Postdoctoral fellowship projects must be based at Dalhousie University
  • PhDs must have been granted no more than five years prior to the project’s start date
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international students/postdoctoral fellows over the age of 18
  • For-profit corporations and eligible not-for-profit corporations in Canada
  • For-profit businesses operating outside of Canada

Funding & duration

  • One- and two-year contracts will be considered
  • The postdoctoral fellow is expected to spend approximately 75 per cent of their time at the industry partner’s facilities and 25 per cent with the academic supervisor
  • The postdoctoral fellowships provide competitive compensation and are co-funded between OFI and the industry partner, with additional funding partners possible. A separate budget is allocated for co-curricular activities, including relocation expenses, travel to partner institution(s), conferences, workshops, summer schools, and the non-travel exception for the purchase of a laptop/computer.
  • Expenses such as long-term accommodation and visa application fees are not eligible expenses

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Selection process

Expressions of interest will be evaluated and matched with collaborators as appropriate.

Applications and projects will be considered on an on-going basis.

The IndPDF program currently in the pilot phase.

Inclusion and diversity

OFI is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness.

We encourage applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

Maximum effort will be made to promote opportunities to traditionally underrepresented groups.

University-industry research partnership philosophy

Scientific integrity and transparency always serve as guiding principles for university-industry collaboration.

Our researchers and industry partners are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of honesty, objectivity, and academic freedom.

Read our philosophy

Contact information

For further information please contact:

Tracey Woodhouse
Training and Early Career Development Program Manager
Ocean Frontier Institute