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Benefits & Services

Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance


Health, vision, and dental insurance through The UC Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan (PSBP) administered by Gallagher Benefits Services is available for postdoctoral scholars with full time appointments.

Click here to learn about health, vision, and dental insurance for postdoctoral scholars.


Additional Insurance

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Postdoctoral Scholars with full time appointments are automatically enrolled in Life and AD&D insurance, short-term disability insurance, and worker’s compensation.  Medical evacuation and repatriation benefits that meet J Visa Program requirements are automatically covered for international postdocs and their dependents.  Long-term disability insurance is also available through the UC Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan (PSBP).  

Click here to learn more about additional insurance coverage for postdoctoral scholars.


Leaves & Time Off


Postdoctoral Scholars are eligible for paid Personal Time Off (PTO) and Sick Leave.  Other leaves such as FMLA/CFRA, Parental, Pregnancy, and/or Bereavement may be paid of unpaid. 

Click here to learn about available leaves and time off programs for postdoctoral scholars.


Retirement, Welfare, and Financial Planning

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OPSA encourages all postdoctoral scholars to plan and save for retirement and other unexpected life events.  To help all scholars with financial planning, OPSA has partnered with Curo Financial Planning to offer the Financial Education Series.

Click here to learn about retirement, welfare, and financial planning programs and resources.


Health & Wellness


Postdocs are eligible to access counseling services offered by theFaculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP).  In partnership with FSAP, OPSA also offers annual Postdoc Health & Wellness workshops. For postdocs with Health insurance through the UC Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan (PSBP), Health Net offers a variety of programs that will assist you with maintaining both your, and your family’s, health.

Click here to learn about health and wellness programs for postdoctoral scholars.


Childcare Reimbursement & Dependent Care Programs

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Postdoctoral Scholars with children aged 12   and under can utilize the Childcare Reimbursement and Dependent Care    Programs to help with eligible childcare  expenses.

Click here to learn more about the Childcare Reimbursement & Dependent Care Programs


Other Benefits & Services


UC San Diego postdocs can take advantage of a variety of additional benefits and services such as library access, transportation programs, and career and professional development program.

Click here to learn more about the other benefits and services available to postdoctoral scholars


Taxability of Salary & Benefits

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 Because of their status as non-degree candidates, income received by a Postdoctoral Scholar is considered fully taxable by the federal and state  tax boards.

Click here to learn about the taxability of postdoc salaries and benefits.