UCLA Bioscience Postdoc Educational Leadership Program - Full for Fall, Winter TBA

Are you interested in developing your

career skills for a future faculty position?


Join the UCLA Bioscience Postdoc Educational Leadership Program and add some educational leadership and mentoring experience to your CV before you apply for a faculty position!


Fall Quarter Program Full

Click to join the notification list to get an email reminder when Winter Quarter applications are available (early December).

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs for the Biomedical and Life Sciences is working with the School of Medicine and Departments of Molecular, Cellular, & Integrative Physiology (MCIP) and Molecular & Medical Pharmacology (MMP) to provide opportunities for postdocs to develop leadership skills in educational settings.

Skills to be developed:

  • Lecture writing and course development
  • Leading small-group discussions
  • Evaluating effectiveness of lecture content and presentation

The UCLA Bioscience Postdoc Educational Leadership Program has two parts:


Program postdocs will audit and observe a 3-week block of the graduate course, Molecular Mechanisms in Human Diseases, which covers fundamentals in modern biology, with special emphasis on the implications and relevance to human diseases.  This course was chosen for the program because its broad range of bioscience topics matches with a wide range of postdoc research interests and its variety of instructors provides multiple potential instructional role models for participants.  Witness firsthand how a course is developed and improved and get the opportunity to observe a variety of UCLA faculty lecturers and discussion leaders.  Participants will be assigned a 3-week block of intensive observation and participation during the Fall (or Winter) quarter.


Program postdocs will be offered seminars in course development and lecture writing and leading small-group discussions.  The observations during the audited course block will be used as an example of teaching styles and be the basis for discussion and training.   The postdocs will be each have the opportunity to apply their training by leading a lecture-style review session of the audited material. The program will be offered in the upcoming Fall and Winter quarters; Sept 23 - Dec 9 and Jan 3 - Mar 18. Training seminars will take place just before and after the Fall and Winter academic quarters and journal club leadership will be a 3-week commitment during the Fall or Winter Quarter.

Online application:

This application is for the Fall Quarter program.  Click on it to get details about the dates/topics of each Fall or Winter quarter block.  If you feel your availability or expertise is best suited to the Winter quarter Program, you can indicate so in the application and you will be contacted as soon as Winter quarter applications are opened in early December.

Bioscience Postdoc Educational Leadership Program Notification List - Winter Quarter

After you have considered your schedule availability and confirmed the potential commitment with your mentor, the application should take 10-15 minutes to complete.

More information:

Complete Participation Schedule: Participant Commitment Schedule - Fall 2011

More information and FAQ's at: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs for the Biomedical and Life Sciences

Lynn Talton, PhD
   Director, Office of Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
LTalton @ mednet.ucla.edu
Location: CHS 17-229