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. In addition, the Graduate Division provides a quarterly campus-wide orientation to University of California Postdoctoral Scholar policies and procedures as well as information regarding campus services and resources.


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).

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.

Graduate Resource Center

UC Irvine’s Graduate Resource Center exists to enrich the experiences of our graduate and postdoc community by providing coordinated services, events, programs, information and support.

Retirement Benefits

Postdoctoral Scholars are not eligible for membership in the University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP).  Postdoctoral Scholars may elect to make voluntary contributions to any of the Retirement Savings Program plans that offer a convenient, tax-advantaged way to save for retirement.

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 400 postdocs at the university. View photos of recent events sponsored in conjunction with the PDA. For more information, visit the PDA website and Facebook.

Individual Development Plan (IDP)

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 complete the Postdoctoral Scholar Self-Assessment.