Graduate Division

Postdoc Orientation

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in Graduate Divsion hosts quarterly orientations to ensure that all new Postdoctoral Scholars find the support needed for a successful transition to UC Irvine. 

Quarterly Postdoc Orientation
Friday, August 20, 2021
2 pm - 4 pm PST

Register Here

*Zoom details will be sent the week of the event*

Orientation Agenda (2 hours)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:     Postdoc Benefits (Gallagher Benefit Services) 

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm:     Professional Development Opportunities (Office of Postdoctoral Affairs & Postdoc Association) 

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm:     Union Presentation (UAW Local 5810) 


Do not wait to enroll in benefits if your 31 day Period of Initial Eligibility (PIE) ends prior to Postdoc Orientation. If you have questions, email or call 949 824 5198 and submit your form to your department administrator well in advance of the deadline. Your department administrator should be the primary point of contact for administrative matters prior to and after arrival.

UC Postdoctoral Scholar Benefit 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. The Period of Initial Eligibility is 31 days. 

This plan is brokered by Gallagher Benefit ServicesGeneral contact information: 

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,  email or call 949-824-5198.

Collective Bargaining Agreement (Contract) 

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.

Professional Development

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs provides general campus information and guidance regarding professional development. We encourage you to make an individual appointment to discuss your goals and resources. Please make an appointment with Director of Postdoc and Professional Development, Kayleigh Anderson-Natale, Ph.D. by visiting here

We strongly encouraged you to conduct a self-assessment and establish a plan with your mentor for improving these competencies during your UCI appointment using an Individual Development Plan (IDP). Below are the UCI IDP editable plan worksheet, IDP guide and additional resources.

Postdoc Resources 

UCI Postdoctoral Scholar Handbooklearn about UCI resources which helps postdocs quickly acclimate to UCI and work efficiently.

Housing and Transportation: visit the UCI Graduate Division housing webpage for housing information. 

Domestic Postdoctoral Scholar Checklist: A checklist for domestic postdocs to assist with your transition to UC Irvine. 

International Postdoctoral Scholars Checklist: A checklist for international postdocs to assist with your transition to UC Irvine. 

International Postdoc Survival Guide: Povided by National Postdoctoral Association.

UC Irvine Career Development Opportunities: Develop a wide range of competencies while training at UCI. 

Postdoctoral Scholar Association (PDA) All postdocs can participate in the PDA. The PDA is led by a board of enthusiastic volunteer postdocs dedicated to supporting the 300+ postdocs at UCI by providing professional development programs as well as social/networking events. For more information, visit the PDA website and Facebook page. Join UCI Postdoctoral Scholars LinkedIn Group and follow us on Twitter.

Postdoctoral Scholars Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ by UCI's Office of Academic Personnel