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The policies that apply to postdoctoral scholars in the University of California system are described in the UAW/UC Contract. Some of the key regulations include postdoctoral scholar definitions, job title codes, terms of service, salary and stipend, notice of appointment, grievances, sick leave/time off, and retirement/benefits 

The Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs (VSPA) Program is the UC Berkeley administrative office for postdoctoral appointees and visiting scholars. On the VSPA website you can find information for prospective postdocs, information on benefits, privileges and policy relevant to UC Berkeley postdoctoral and visiting scholars. The BPA and the VSPA are separate organizations, which collaborate on many programs in effort to enhance the experience postdoctoral scholars have during their appointment at the UC Berkeley.

The BPA, in conjunction with the VSPA, organizes half day orientation sessions for postdocs. Orientation is held monthly, on the first Thursday of the month. If you are a postdoc who has never attended an orientation session, you are encouraged to attend. Please register by emailing

There are two professional development programs associated with the BPA, which host monthly events and workshops, and have list-serves to subscribe to for up to date information: 

The Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Program (BPEP) aims to foster entrepreneurship in the UC Berkeley postdoctoral and graduate community. It provides tools, mentoring and a platform for science-business communication to enable research innovations to move into the marketplace.
The Postdoc Industry Exploration Program (PIEP) was created to increase the transparency about working in industry, through direct connections to companies and professionals currently working in industry. PIEP also runs workshops on resumes, interviews and how to market yourself.
Berkeley Postdoc's spouses and partners can find ressources at the Berkeley Spouse Partner program of the VSPA.

Postdocs have full (and free) access to the UC Berkeley Career Center website. After 90 days of working, they have eccess to the service provided by the career center, however please contact the VSPA office first before using the service.

The Berkeley International Office (BIO) provides information on travel and Visas.

As a UC Berkeley employee, you can receive a discount on your cell phone plan (AT&T and Verizon)!


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