Introduction to Postdoctoral Appointment Policy


At the University of California, Los Angeles, the postdoctoral scholar experience emphasizes mentored research training for individuals who have recently completed a doctoral degree. As a postdoctoral scholar (postdoc), you will conduct research under the general oversight of a UCLA faculty mentor in preparation for a career position in academe, industry, government or the non-profit sector.

Postdocs contribute to the academic community by enhancing the research and education programs of the University. You bring expertise and creativity that enrich the research environment for all members of the University community including graduate and undergraduate students. The University strives to provide a stimulating, positive, and constructive experience for the postdoc by emphasizing the mutual commitment and responsibility of the institution, the faculty and the postdoc.


Postdocs in the UC system are governed by the terms of the UC-UAW labor contract ratified on October 17, 2016. The contract defines the terms and conditions relating to the appointment of postdocs. Within the UC system, postdocs are appointed to the following titles:

  • Postdoctoral Scholar – Employee (3252)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar – Fellow (3253)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar – Paid Direct (3254)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar – Employee NEX (3255)
  • Interim Postdoctoral Scholar – Employee (3256)

The University may concurrently appoint postdocs to more than one Postdoctoral Scholar title (Article 26).

Revised 12/2016