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. 

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 benefits@uci.edu 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.

Our next orientation is scheduled for Friday, September 27, 2019. Please complete the registration form by September 25th to secure your spot: Orientation Registration Form 

Orientation Agenda (2 hours)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:     Postdoc Benefits (Human Resources) 

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm:     Career Development Opportunities (Office of Postdoctoral Affairs) 

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

4:30 pm - on:              Social Hour with Postdoctoral Association (Anthill Pub & Grille) 

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 Postdocotral Affairs and Professional Development Manager, Kayleigh Anderson-Natale, Ph.D. at kayleiga@uci.edu

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. 

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 Garnett-Powers & Associates (GPA). Email benefits@uci.edu or call 949 824 5198 for enrollment 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.

Collective Bargaining AgreementEffective 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 BenefitsPostdoctoral 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 benefits@uci.edu or call 949-824-5198.

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