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Compensation and Benefits


For more information about postdoc compensation, click here.

Health and Welfare Benefits

The University offers excellent health insurance, as well as life and short- and long-term disability insurance. For further information, click here.

Health insurance is offered by the University via the Health and Welfare package through Garnett-Powers Associates. You must enroll within the first 31 days of your appointment. For both medical and dental plans, you may choose between a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) model, while the vision plan is only offered through a PPO.  Please contact your departmental administrator to find out how to enroll and what your contributions (if any) are to either of these two models. Both have their own pros and cons, so please be sure to visit the Garnett-Powers web page to read about both models and make an informed decision. You may also choose to ask fellow postdocs.  Once a year (usually in November) you will have a chance to switch from one model to the other, if you wish to do so.  Your new choice will come into effect January of the following year.

You have the option to enroll in Voluntary Long-term Disability Insurance, which protects you in case you need to be absent from work for an extended period of time due to a medical condition. Also, you will be automatically enrolled (by your Department) in Short-Term Disability, Life Insurance, and Accidental Death and Dismemberment, as well as Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Insurance.

At the Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs web page you can find more detailed information.

Career Resources

Postdocs have full and free access to the website of the UC Berkeley Career Center, which offers workshops, career fairs, and job listings. Sign up for Handshake in order to access and get updates on Career Center services and event sign ups. Take advantage of this great resource! - After 90 days of working at UC Berkeley, postdocs also have access to one-on-one resume/CV counseling. Please contact the VSPA office first before using this service.

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