New Postdocs

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.

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 Services. General contact information: 

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.

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. Click here to view the current UC-UAW contract. 

UCI Office of Academic PersonnelFAQ’s (Postdoc Appointment, Salary & Funding, Benefits & Leaves, Performance, Health & Safety, Collective Bargaining Agreement)

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

International Postdoc Survival Guide: A comprehensive guide to enhance the experience of doing a Postdoc in the United States for international postdocs from the National Postdoctoral Association.

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. Follow the PDA to learn about Postdoc events! 

PDA website  | MeetUp |  Facebook  |  LinkedIn  |  Twitter

UCI Women In Research (UCI WIR): UCI WIR is a grassroots, volunteer-led group that supports postdoctoral women by providing them with opportunities to discuss their experiences, uncertainties, and aspirations with other women in a group setting. To learn more and join, visit the UCI WIR webpage. Contact UCI WIR at