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 Tuesday of every month (see orientation dates below) from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM in MacDonald Research Laboratories (MRL) Room 1-441 for the New Postdoctoral Scholar Orientation (675 Charles E Young Drive South, Los AngelesCA 90095). 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.

Upcoming 2023 Orientation Dates 

November 7
December 5

2024 Orientation Dates (more dates to be announced soon)

January 9 (Date adjusted because of Winter Closure)
February 6
March 5
April 2

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

Orientation Resources

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: