At the University of California, Los Angeles, the postdoctoral scholar experience emphasizes mentored research training for individuals who have recently completed a doctoral degree. As a postdoc, you will conduct research under the general oversight of a UCLA faculty mentor in preparation for a career position in academe, industry, government or the non-profit sector.

Postdocs contribute to the academic community by enhancing the research and education programs of the University. You bring expertise and creativity that enrich the research environment for all members of the University community including graduate and undergraduate students. The University strives to provide a stimulating, positive, and constructive experience for the postdoc by emphasizing the mutual commitment and responsibility of the institution, the faculty and the postdoc.

Policy

Postdocs in the UC system are governed by the terms of the UC-UAW labor contract ratified on October 17, 2016. The contract defines the terms and conditions relating to the appointment of postdocs. Within the UC system, postdocs are appointed to the following titles:

  • Postdoctoral Scholar – Employee (3252)
    An appointment is made in the title “Postdoctoral Scholar – Employee” when a. the agency funding the salary requires or permits the appointee to be an employee of the University, or b. whenever General Funds, Opportunity Funds or other University discretionary funds are used to support the position.
  • Postdoctoral Scholar – Fellow (3253)
    An appointment is made in the title “Postdoctoral Scholar – Fellow” when the Postdoctoral Scholar has been awarded a fellowship or traineeship for postdoctoral study by an extramural agency and the fellowship or traineeship is paid through a University account.
  • Postdoctoral Scholar – Paid Direct (3254)
    An appointment is made in the title “Postdoctoral Scholar – Paid Direct” when the Postdoctoral Scholar has been awarded a fellowship or traineeship for postdoctoral study by an extramural agency and the agency pays the fellowship or traineeship directly to the Postdoctoral Scholar, rather than through the University. Such appointments shall have a “without-salary” status.
  • Postdoctoral Scholar – Employee NEX (3255)
    An appointment is made in the title “Postdoctoral Scholar – Employee NEX” when a. the agency funding the salary requires or permits the appointee to be an employee of the University, or b, whenever General Funds, Opportunity Funds, or other University discretionary funds are used to support the position and c. based on the percentage appointment of the Postdoctoral Scholar, the prorated salary per week does not meet the FLSA salary level test. (FLSA FAQ)
  • Interim Postdoctoral Scholar – Employee (3256)
    An appointment is made in the title “Interim Postdoctoral Scholar – Employee” when UCLA graduate students who recently obtained their PhD degree or equivalent need a short-term appointment to complete an existing project from their graduate educational programs before moving on to other employment. While Postdocs may be appointed more than once to TC 3256, no one shall be appointed in TC 3256 for more than a cumulative total of 12 months in one or multiple appointments.

The University may concurrently appoint postdocs to more than one Postdoctoral Scholar title (Article 26).

To learn more about policy surrounding postdoctoral scholar appointments, please use the links below: