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General resources

The UCSC STEM Postdoc Association (USPA) is a postdoctoral-led organization that organizes a variety of events, including career training, symposia, and social gatherings in Santa Cruz and Bay Area.

UCSC Division of Graduate Studies - Postdoctoral Scholars website

National Postdoc association (npa). UC Santa Cruz is a sustaining and an institutional member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), NPA resources and benefits are available to all members of the UCSC community, including faculty, administrators, postdocs and graduate students; register as an affiliate member using your email address to access member benefits.

The searchable grant database Pivot is supported by UCSC's Office of Research and can be accessed using a UCSC email address.

Resources for trainees and mentees

AAAS - Individual Development Plan (IDP) tool

National Research Mentoring Network - NIH funded resource to pair mentors and mentees

SABER (IRACDA program at San Antonio) resources collection

Teaching and mentorship training resources

UCSC's Center for Innovation and Teaching (CITL) offers a large variety of evidence-based mentoring training, including a workshop targeted for postdocs in the summer.

Job search tips

InterSECT Job Simulations: An online platform that allows PhD-level scientists and humanists, regardless of professional stage, to explore future career options.

Bill Lindstaedt (UCSF): Job Hunting in Industry: Searching, Applying, Interviewing, and Negotiating for a Scientist Position in Biotech and Pharma


UCSC’s Center For Innovation and Entreprenurial Development (CIED) offers the NSF Innovation Corps summer program "Summer & Startup Enrepreneurship Academy (SEA)." This 8-week program involves two day-long classes, followed by online webinars, and weekly office hours with faculty mentors.

Santa Cruz Startup Sandbox hosts a variety of events of interest to novice entrepreneurs.

QB3 Entrepreneurship seminars are held on the UCSF campus (currently online), are open to UCSC postdocs, and cover a large variety of topics important to life science entrepreneurs.

Leadership and Management training

Scientific Leadership and Management training (UCSF) offers a 16-hour training course for people who are about to lead research groups in an academic environment. Acceptance into this course requires a competitive application.

SLAM (UCB) offers a set of three workshops in spring that are open to UCSC postdocs. Three different sessions can be attended according to interest.