Graduate Division

Postdoc Academy

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PALS Registration Now Open! Complete Registration Form

About the Postdoc Academy

The Postdoc Academy is the first comprehensive and flexible professional development online course designed for postdocs and created by postdocs. The Postdoc Academy provides skill development, from orientation to your next career steps and connects you to the experiences of the national postdoc community! 

Program Benefits: 

  • Explore identities and roles you hold and how they impact your work environment, identify strategies to transition into a new community, and align your expectations with those of your mentor
  • Identify and apply strategies to use career planning tools effectively and build an actionable plan that can both guide and be integrated into day-to-day practice
  • Build an awareness of your own professional and personal identities and explore strategies to create and support an inclusive research environment
  • Develop, implement, and reflect on an action plan to support progress on personal or professional goals that effectively build and sustain work-life resilience

Get Started Today! 

The Postdoc Academy has two program components: (1) an online certificate course through edX and (2) virtual Postdoc Academy Learning Sessions (PALS) at UC Irvine. 

Postdoc Academy Certificate Course edX

The Postdoc Academy is a 6-week online course, starting on June 22, 2020 on edX. Each week will focus on one theme and contains 2 - 4 hours of content, including video modules, engaging discussion forums, and self-reflection. This course is self-pace and you can complete the course work at any time while the course is running! Participants will have the option to request a certificate of completion at the end of the course. 

ENROLL in the Postdoc Academy on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/the-postdoc-academy-succeeding-as-a-postdoc

Postdoc Academy Learning Sessions (PALS) at UC Irvine

Registeristration now open: Complete Registration Form

Postdoc Academy Learning Sessions, or PALS, are learning communities for postdocs to connect, share and learn from one another at their home institution. Practically speaking, PALS are small groups of postdocs who meet once a week while taking the Postdoc Academy online course. 

PALS at UCI will meet every Thursday, from July 2 - August 13, from 4 pm - 5 pm via Zoom. Sessions will be facilitated by a variety of speakers, including subject matter experts, program directors, industry leaders, prominent alumni, and PALS Facilitators. 

Each week we will discuss various themes: 

PALS Schedule: 
July 2:        Introduction to the Postdoc Academy 
July 9:        Finding Success as a Postdoc
July 16:      Identify your Skills for Career Success
July 23:      Building an Actionable Career Plan  
July 30:      Developing Resilience  
August 6:   Working Effectiveley in an Intercultural Environment 
August 13:  Program Concludes 

Questions? Contact the UCI PALS facilitators: 

Dr. Harinder Singh at harinder.singh@uci.edu (Graduate Professional Success in S.T.E.M)

Dr. Kayleigh Anderson-Natale at kayleiga@uci.edu(Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Graduate Division) 

Annabel Ortiz at annabelo@uci.edu(Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Graduate Division)