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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)

The searchable grant database Grantforward 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

Teaching and mentorship training resources

UCSC's Center for Innovation and Teaching (CITL) offers a large variety of evidence-based mentoring training for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty.

Job search tips

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.