Postdoc Orientation

It is important that all new postdoctoral scholars find the support they need to make a successful transition. Your department administrator should be the primary point of contact prior to and after arrival. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (Graduate Division) also provides general campus information and guidance regarding professional development.

Postdoctoral Scholars receive a welcome email and packet from the OPA soon after their arrival at UCI. This information may be sent prior to arrival by contacting  The OPA  sponsors quarterly orientations followed by a Happy Hour at the AntHill Pub sponsored by the UCI Postdoctoral Association (PDA).  

Upcoming Postdoctoral Scholar Orientation Sesson:

October 25, 2017 2:30-5:00pm  Register
Location: Graduate Resource Center
Postdocs are welcome to attend select or all sessions listed below:

Agenda Draft

2:30-3:30pm-Postdoc Benefits and Q&A- Kwame White, Benefits Analysis
3:30-4:30pm-Career Development For Postdocs- Mary Frances Ypma-Wong, Postdoctoral Coordinator, Graduate Division
4:30-5:00pm- Union Presentation- Li Yu, UAW Local 5810
5:00~6:00pm- Meet with Fellow Postdocs

Map showing Aldrich Hall and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Getting Started:

  • Domestic Postdoctoral Scholar Checklist
  • International Postdoctoral Scholars Checklist
  • International Postdoc Survival Guide (provided by National Postdoc Association)
  • Campus Resources for Postdocs- This comprehensive guide contains information about UCI resources which facilitate Postdoc orientation and everyday workflow.
  • Join UCI Postdoctoral Scholars LinkedIn Group
  • Follow the OPA on Twitter

UC Irvine Career Development Opportunities

We encourage postdocs to developed a wide range of competencies will training at UCI.  Our career development page will help you see the myriad of opportunities available.

An Individual Development Plan (IDP) provides a planning process that identifies the Postdoctoral Scholar’s general individual research goals, professional development and career objectives.  It may also serve as a link to the faculty supervisor/mentor’s research goal, and thus serves as a communication tool. As a first step in starting your IDP, you should follow the Postdoctoral Scholar IDP Guide.

Postdoctoral Scholar Association (PDA) 

The PDA is committed to building a vibrant postdoctoral community at UCI. The association works to identify resources and create partnerships throughout campus, with the goal of enhancing the professional development of the nearly 300 postdocs at the university. For more information, visit the PDA website and Facebook page.

UC Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan (PSBP)

The University of California Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan (PSBP) is a comprehensive program that offers Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D Insurance, Short-Term Disability Insurance and Voluntary Long-Term Disability Insurance.  This plan is brokered by Garnett-Powers & Associates (GPA). Campus benefits contact is Kwame White.

Collective Bargaining Agreement

Effective August 12, 2010, the United Automobile Workers (UAW) is the exclusive bargaining representative for all Postdoctoral Scholars.  A collective bargaining agreement or contract was negotiated between the UAW and the university regarding the terms and conditions of employment for all postdocs.

Retirement Benefits

Postdoctoral Scholars are not eligible for membership in the University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP).  Depending on the appointment type, some postdoctoral scholars will make a contribution to the Deferred Contribution Plan (DCP). For questions regarding DCP contact Kwame White.