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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.
  • Engage in the five areas of focus to manage stress.

Day 2: What are you doing here?

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

  • 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.


Next event

January 24 & 25, 2018 in the Medical Education and Telemedicine Building (MET)

Registration is required: EPIC Bootcamp

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

Registration Deadline: January 17, 2018

Registration Fee: $25 payment only accepted via recharge. An index number will be required to complete your registration. No refunds will be issued if registration is cancelled after the registration deadline (Jan. 17, 2018).

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.

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

Postdoctoral scholars are strongly encouraged to complete the certification as part of their research training and education.

2018 Introduction Session Schedule

Register:  ECR: Intro

2018 Special Topic Session 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 February 2018.
  • All sessions will be held in Student Services Center, room 400 unless otherwise indicated.

Authorship: Expectations and Collaborations

Science is inevitably a collaborative enterprise. As investigators tackle larger and more complex problems, research teams have grown increasingly inter-disciplinary, involving experts with varying backgrounds and sometimes-competing expectations. Collaborations involving multiple labs and/or institutions in different countries exacerbate the challenges of effective cooperation. Even collaborators within a given lab often confront thorny issues when it comes to assigning fair credit and authorship. This workshop aims to engage participants in identifying and analyzing problems in scientific collaboration. The ultimate end involves developing effective strategies for managing (or avoiding!) conflicts. This is an interactive workshop using case studies and participant experiences.

February 14, 2018

Register: ECRST: Authorship

Data Acquisition, Integrity and Ownership

The integrity of research fundamentally depends on data. The purpose of this workshop will be to consider the many ways in which that integrity can be compromised without intending to do so. Participants will review some of those challenges, as well as consider strategies to protect against error due to inadequate attention or bias.

April 11, 2018

Register: ECRST: Data

Talking to your PI: Crucial Conversations

A successful science career may depend more on our interactions with others than it does on the quality of our science. Unfortunately, good science is all too often impeded by breakdowns in communication. When this happens, our emotions and reason can both sabotage our ability to find a successful resolution. This workshop will review several strategies to increase the chance that a crucial conversation will be a successful conversation.

June 13, 2018

Register: ECRST: Crucial

Misuse of Statistics

Statistics are an important tool for much of research, allowing researchers to better summarize findings and to provide inferences about the likelihood of particular outcomes. However, statistical procedures are diverse and may well be beyond the expertise of some scientists. This workshop is not designed to teach about any particular test procedures, but instead to focus on general principles, the challenges that come with an incomplete understanding of those principles, and the risks of statistical misuse. This workshop is designed as an interactive lecture with small or large group discussion.

August 8, 2018

Register: ECRST: Stats


Recently, it has become disturbingly clear that much of published science may not be reproducible. The problem is not so much one of research misconduct, but rather departures from good practices of science. This workshop will first consider the scope of the problem: How often is research not reproducible? Does it depend on field? What are the personal experiences of the participants in the workshop? Then, we will turn to practical questions of why research is often not reproducible and what should be done about this challenge. Our discussion will touch on topics such as authorship, collaboration, data management, mentoring, peer review, and social responsibility.

October 10, 2018

Registration will be available soon.

Image Manipulation

Effective communication of science often depends on having convincing pictures. While a story can frequently be told better with a picture than words, it isn't always easy to produce a definitive image. Our goal to effectively communicate a story is also challenged because we don't want to communicate something that isn't in fact representative of the truth. With tools like Photoshop at our disposal, we have the ability to "clean up" a messy image, but is it OK to do so? It seems reasonable to expect that some kinds of manipulation of a picture should be OK, but how much is too much? This workshop will focus on the personal experiences of the participants, review some cases of published digital manipulation, and consider some standards that might be adopted as good practices in science.

December 12, 2018

Registration will be available soon.

Dates and location are subject to change.

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


April 12, 2018

12:00 - 2:00pm

Literature Building, 2nd Fl., Suite 210



May 10, 2018

12:00 - 2:00pm

Literature Building, 2nd Fl., Suite 210



June 14, 2018

12:00 - 2:00pm

Literature Building, 2nd Fl., Suite 210



July 12, 2018

12:00 - 2:00pm

Literature Building, 2nd Fl., Suite 210



August 9, 2018

12:00 - 2:00pm

Literature Building, 2nd Fl., Suite 210



September 13, 2018

12:00 - 2:00pm

Literature Building, 2nd Fl., Suite 210


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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