Essential Training

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This training will provide the foundation for postdoctoral  scholars as they begin their training at UC San Diego and addresses the common needs across disciplines and  chosen career directions.

This essential training should be completed by the end of  the first year of postdoctoral training.

EPIC Bootcamp: Your Summit to Success

EPIC BootcampThis two half-day professional development event is designed for postdoctoral scholars at the beginning of their training to understand their role as a postdoc and to help them succeed during their training at UC San Diego and beyond. This event will be offered twice per calendar year in late January and July.

Day 1: Who are you?

At the end of Day 1, postdoctoral scholars will be able to:

  • Identify their roles and responsibilities of being a UC San Diego postdoc.
  • Access UC San Diego resources available to them.
  • Communicate their research with a clear and concise message.
  • Recognize their implicit bias and have tools to combat that bias.
  • Assess their own personality type and distinguish those of others.

Day 2: What are you doing here?

At the end of Day 2, postdoctoral scholars will be able to:

  • Explore career options through networking opportunities, such as informational interviews.
  • Clarify their transferable skills.
  • Create and assess structured short term and long term goals.
  • Determine a course of action for a successful postdoctoral experience.
  • Evaluate course of action with peers and faculty members.


Registration open for next event

July 20 & 21, 2017 in the Medical Education and Telemedicine Building (MET)

Register now!

Registration is required. (Only those in UC San Diego postdoctoral scholar title codes are eligible).

Registration Fee: $25 payment only accepted via recharge. An index number will be required to complete your registration.

This program is supported in part by an Innovation Grant from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Any views or opinions expressed in this program are solely those of the speaker(s) and/or organizer(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the Office of the Vice Chancellor.

Deadline to register July 13, 2017.

See schedule for more information here.


Inaugural event on January 26 and 27, 2017 received excellent evaluations. 

See infographic of evaluations from January 2017 event and flyer for more information.

Ethical Challenges of Research Program

ECR 2017

Introduction Course Schedule

  • Instructor: Mary Devereaux, Ph.D., Asst. Director, Research Ethics Program
  • Courses offered from 12 – 2 pm the third Wednesday of every month (with the exception of Dec. 6 and no training will be held June-August, 2017).
  • Part of essential training for postdoctoral scholars.
  • Participation in the Introduction course is also required to be eligible for a Certificate of Training in Specialized Training Paths in the EPIC Program (
  • Location will depend on date of training.  Please check registration page for course location on specific dates.


Special Topic Course Schedule

  • Instructor: Michael Kalichman, Ph.D., Director, Research Ethics Program
  • Course offered from 12:00-2:00pm the second Wednesday of every other month starting Feb. (*with the exception of Feb. 7)


Dates and location are subject to change.

Date Topic

Feb. 7, 2017*

Talking to your PI: Crucial Conversations

April 12, 2017


June 14, 2017

Data Acquisition and Managing Bias

Aug. 9, 2017

Talking to your PI: Crucial Conversations

Oct. 11, 2017

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All sessions will take place in Medical Education and Telemedicine (MET), Rm 120.27

Dates and location are subject to change.

Postdoctoral scholars are strongly encouraged to participate as part of their research training and education.

New Postdoc Orientation

We would like to welcome you to UC San Diego! Our mission is to advance knowledge through excellence in education and research at the undergraduate, graduate, professional school and postdoctoral level. We are known around the world for our excellent, innovative research and that could not be possible without the talents and skills of our postdocs.  So we thank you for joining our research team.

UC San Diego has one of the largest postdoctoral communities in the UC system (1250+ postdocs). As a postdoc, we want to ensure that you receive the best training, feel engaged with campus community and receive opportunities to enhance your postdoctoral experience.

To set the foundation of expectations, inform you of resources, benefits, services and professional development, please attend the New Postdoc Orientation.

Orientation will be held the 2nd Thursday of every  month from 12 – 2 pm.

Orientation Schedule

Day Date Time Location


August 10, 2017

12:00 - 2:00pm

Student Center - Huerta-Vera Cruz Room



September 14, 2017

12:00 - 2:00pm

Price Center West - Bear Room



October 12, 2017

12:00 - 2:00pm

Price Center West - Green Table Room



November 9, 2017

12:00 - 2:00pm

Student Center - Huerta-Vera Cruz Room


This program is intended for new postdocs (or continuing postdocs) and it is strongly recommended that postdocs attend the workshop within the first two months of their initial appointment so they become familiar with the guidelines and policy that impact their appointment. The presentation will include information about benefits and welfare programs, tax withholding obligations, visa policy, navigating the campus, research-related resources, and professional development opportunities and activities. In addition, representative(s) from the UAW will give a brief presentation at 1:30 PM.

For information, please contact Merritt Bradford, or (858)534-3553

Dates and locations are subject to change.

Postdoc Individual Development Plan

Postdoc Individual Development Plan

Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a tool to identify skills, knowledge, and interests; outline career goals; and manage an individual’s career development progress.

For assistance on creating your IDP, assessing your skills, working with mentors and setting realistic and achievable goals, attend the EPIC Bootcamp.  Each postdoctoral scholar will have the opportunity to develop and present his/her IDP to faculty participants for feedback and by the end of the session have the foundation of an IDP to guide his/her career objectives.

For one-one assistance in the creation of your IDP, you may request a career advising appointment.

Subscribe to the Postdoc listserv to be sent more information and how to register for these and all upcoming events. UCSD email address required for subscription.

Questions? Suggestions? Contact Ginger Hazen at:  or (858) 822-5915.

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