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To be eligible for the certificate in this path, the postdoctoral scholars will need to complete:

Core Training

Academic Laboratory Management & Leadership Symposium 2017

Academic Lab Management and Leadership Symposium (Core Training)

The course is organized by the Torrey Pines Training Consortium, which include the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP), The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and UC San Diego. The one and a half day course is based on the acclaimed Burroughs Wellcome Fund/Howard Hughes Medical Institute course in scientific management and similar intensive programs developed across the country. The course is designed to equip postdocs and junior faculty in the biomedical, physical and life sciences from the Torrey Pines Mesa institutes with the professional competencies to lead innovative and productive research programs. However, graduate students and research staff may also find this training informative and may attend. This training will serve as the core component of this specialized path.

Next event: February 23 & 24, 2017

For more information and to register, visit:

Deadline to register: February 21, 2017 @ 5 pm

No refunds will be issued after 5 pm on February 16, 2017.


Academic Job Search Panels

Two panels featuring UC San Diego professors will focus on preparing application materials and interviewing for academic positions in Humanities and Social Sciences and STEM fields.  Each panel will share tips and best practices to help you succeed in transitioning to the professoriate.

Both panel sessions will take place in the Horizon Room, in the Career Services Center from 1-2:30 pm.

Please register by visiting:

Humanities and Social Sciences Academic Jobs - October 18, 2016

Prof. Simeon Man - History

Prof. Danielle Raudenbush - Sociology

This event is for postdoctoral scholars and graduate students.  If you are a graduate student, please register by visiting:

STEM Academic Jobs - October 27, 2016

Prof. Shirley Meng - Nanoengineering

Prof. Brian Zid – Chemistry & Biochemistry

This event is for postdoctoral scholars and graduate students.  If you are a graduate student, please register by visiting:

Sponsored by Career Services Center & Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs

Research Roundtable

Interested in an academic position? Come hear how to make the transition from a postdoc to professorship at the Research Roundtable series!

The Research Roundtable series focuses on perspectives from junior faculty in different disciplines on the transition from postdoc to faculty.  This may include experiences being on the academic job market, setting up a research lab and group to preparing for tenure. Throughout, the faculty members will talk about best practices and lessons learned to help the postdoc navigate the academic career path. The event will be limited to 20 postdocs to encourage discussion and a light lunch will be served.  If you attend, please be willing to participate in the discussion.

Workshops will be held from 12 – 1:30 pm.

Date Professor Room

July 12, 2017

Christina Gremel, Ph.D., Prof. of Psychology

Student Services Center (SSC), Room 554

September 19, 2017

Deirdre Lyons, Ph.D., Prof. in the Marine Biology Reserach Division 

Ted Scripps Room at Seaside Forum, Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus





Dates and locations are subject to change.

Register HERE

**Registration for these workshops is required. If you register for a workshop and cannot attend, please cancel your reservation through EventBrite to allow another postdoc to attend.*


Summer Research Scholar Program

In partnership with Prof. Elizabeth Komives and UCSD Extension, this mentorship program allows postdoctoral scholars to have hands-on mentorship of high school students from across the country over 3-weeks in the summer quarter.  The postdoctoral scholars will learn how to provide effective mentorship and guide a short-term and manageable research project that will culminate in a formal poster session.

For more information about how to become a postdoc mentor and make a difference in a burgeoning scientist’s life, please contact Prof. Elizabeth Komives:

For more information about the program, see Call for Mentors document.

Postdoc Table Talk

Postdoctoral scholars rely on a network of mentors and advisors for success during their training and beyond.  Some postdoctoral scholars may not have the opportunity, contacts or venue to broaden this network, especially with academics in another field. To address this, the and Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs (OPVSA) and the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) have collaborated to create a platform for postdoctoral scholars and UC San Diego faculty to connect over an informal lunch at the Faculty Club once per quarter.

Writing Courses

  • Becoming a Successful and Effective Science Writer Workshop (In person training)
  • Nature Masterclasses: Scientific Writing and Publishing (Online training)


National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

An independent online community for professional development, training, and mentoring for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty members.

Center for Advancing Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education (CAMSEE)

CAMSEE is a research, teaching and learning community that unites individuals across science, mathematics and engineering departments and divisions to advance undergraduate instruction and learning in these disciplines and to produce scholarly education research. A network that welcomes participation from all members of UC San Diego who wish to contribute their experience and expertise to advance pedagogy and discipline-based educational research, while improving STEM education.

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