Get Connected!

There are a number of ways to connect to the postdoctoral scholar community at UCLA. Among the most effective ways to learn about events and information relevant to your postdoctoral appointment is to sign up for the UCLA Postdoctoral Scholar Mailing List.

Mandatory New Postdoctoral Scholar Orientation

Join us on the first Thursday of every month (see orientation dates below) from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm on campus. Please note that the orientation is mandatory for all new postdoctoral scholars. Postdocs who have already attended an orientation do not need to attend.

If you cannot attend this orientation, please complete this form to schedule a make-up time for your mandatory union orientation.

The orientation will include a Q&A regarding campus resources and a brief presentation by the Postdoctoral Association (PDA at UCLA). Postdoc representatives from the postdoc union (UAW Local 5810) will answer questions about the postdoctoral contract and union membership.

2024 Orientation Dates & Locations (more dates to be announced soon)

April 4 – Gonda Building, Room 2303
May 2 – Gonda Building, Room 3303
June 6 – MacDonald Research Library, Room 1-441
July 11 (adjusted due to July 4 holiday) – MacDonald Research Library, Room 1-441

Subscribe to our UCLA Postdoctoral Scholar Mailing List for announcements about upcoming orientations!

If you have any questions about the orientation, please contact

Appointment Paperwork and Information

For information about required paperwork associated with your postdoctoral appointment, please view the Appointment Procedures page and contact your Department Administrator. For information about your appointment, please view the Appointment Policy and Procedures page.


Information on this website regarding postdoctoral scholar benefits are based on the previous UAW Bargaining Contract [ratified on 10/17/16]. For the most current information, please refer to the recently ratified contract: