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The UC San Diego Postdoctoral Association (PDA) is comprised of postdocs who volunteer their time to enhance the postdoctoral experience by organizing professional development programs and networking opportunities. We are a non-profit organization, free to join, and not affiliated with the Postdoc Union. We are a separate entity but maintain close collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars Affairs (OPVSA) to provide you with the most helpful resources.

Postdoctoral training is a time to shine scientifically as an independent researcher. But to solidify your career goals, how will you develop the ‘soft’ skills you need to enter the job market? Longitudinal studies have shown that the vast majority of first jobs are obtained via network connections. Make it a priority to build your network. The PDA provides opportunities to help you transition to your dream job.

Our organization provides the supportive and creative environment you need to develop the leadership and team-building skills that will help you realize your goals. Our members often start as volunteers for our ongoing activities before developing their own initiatives. Your level of involvement is completely up to you!

Please join us during our monthly Postdoc Open Forums held every third Tuesday of the month from 1:00-1:30PM to voice your ideas, meet new colleagues, and get involved. For our newest and ongoing initiatives, explore our frequently updated website. There are always exciting events on the horizon, so connect with us on social media to stay updated and stay in touch.

Please contact us at ucsdpda@gmail.com if you have any questions about the PDA, getting involved or any upcoming events.

We hope to see you soon!

Alex & your Executive Board