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About the PDA

The UC San Diego Postdoctoral Association (PDA) is an official Academic Advisory Group to the University, composed of volunteer postdocs who are committed to enhancing the postdoctoral experience at UCSD.  

In collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs (OPVSA) and postdoc associations across the area, we organize professional development programs, social events and networking opportunities throughout the year.  We are a non-profit organization, free to join, and not affiliated with the Postdoc Union! 

The purpose of the PDA

  • Foster communication between postdocs, administration and faculty
  • Provide a postdoctoral perspective to campus issues
  • Provide postdocs with a sense of community and identity
  • Facilitate training, professional development and networking opportunities for successful career transitions

Interested in Volunteering? 

Our volunteers benefit from direct communication with contacts in industry and academia, expanding personal networks important in future career transitions. Let us know what your interests are by filling out our volunteer form or by emailing

Meet With Us

Our monthly Postdoc Open Forums are held on the third Monday of each month from 1:00-1:30PM. Stop by to find out more about our programs, voice your ideas, meet others and get involved!

Connect With Us

Stay updated with our social media.

Contact Us if you have any questions about the PDA, getting involved or any upcoming events.

We hope to see you soon!

PDA Executive Board