Postdoctoral Studies

Welcome to the University of California, Riverside!

The campus has a lively community of over 200 postdocs working in diverse disciplines. Postdoctoral Scholars are automatically members of the Riverside Postdoc Association (RPA), which is an active community that seeks to engage with postdocs to improve and promote their welfare and interests living in Riverside and working at UCR. Upon arrival, every postdoc is invited to contact the RPA to meet new contacts, receive tips for living in Riverside, and participate in cultural and recreational activities organized by the association. Be sure to visit their website.

The Graduate Division, together with the Riverside Postdoctoral Association, provides numerous resources and services for the professional and academic development of their postdocs. One is the section within the Graduate Division called GradSuccess, which is open to all postdocs. GradSuccess offers workshops, seminars, and consultations on advanced pedagogical training, writing, and job applications, in addition to a program called GradQuant, which helps students develop their quantitative research skills. In the Fall of 2014, the Association held its first symposium featuring poster and paper presentations and a keynote speech by Nobel Laureate in Medicine Randy Schekman. The Association now has an important advisory role giving the Graduate Division input on the needs of the Riverside postdoc community.

  • Unionization

    The University of California and the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) have agreed to a new four-year agreement, effective October 17, 2016 through September 30, 2020. 



    As of September 2010, Postdoctoral Scholars working within California at the University of California are represented by the UAW union.  Postdoctoral Scholars not working in California are governed by the Academic Personnel Guidelines 390. The full UAW contract is available online and UCR Postdoctoral Scholars can contact their union at http://uaw5810.org/about-your-union/. All Postdoctoral Scholars should be given a UAW Deduction Authorization Form upon hiring which is then forwarded to Labor Relations.

  • Salary Scale (as of December 1, 2018)

    All new Postdoctoral Scholars must be appointed using the salary scale below based upon months of experience as a Postdoctoral Scholar and must receive an increase annually on their anniversary date. They may be paid more than the minimum. If they are already being paid above the appropriate step, then they receive an annual 2% salary increase. 

    Experience Level                  Annual               Monthly 

    Level 0 (0-11 months)         $50,760           $4,230

    Level 1 (12-23 months)       $52,896          $4,408

    Level 2 (24-35 months)       $54,756          $4,563

    Level 3 (36-47 months)       $56,880           $4,740

    Level 4 (48-59 months)       $59,100           $4,925

    Level 5 (60 months plus)     $61,308           $5,109  by exception only

  • Fellowship Opportunities for Postdoctoral Scholars
  • Five Year Limitation

    Postdoctoral Scholars may not work for more than five years at any university; time spent as a postdoc at other universities prior to coming to UCR counts against that time. 

  • Health Insurance

    Postdoctoral Scholars working in California are eligible to participate in the Postdoctoral Scholar Benefit Plans, which include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, short term disability, and  voluntary long term disability. In addition, Postdoctoral Scholars are required to contribute to the University of California Defined Contribution Plan (DCP) as Safe  Harbor participants, and may make voluntary contributions to any of the  University of California Retirement Savings Program plans. In addition, the  University shall pay the Workers Compensation Assessment and the Benefit  Broker Fee for all Postdoctoral Scholars. All Postdoctoral Scholars are provided with repatriation and evacuation insurance. There is information on benefits with regard to domestic partnerships

    The health plan rates with the monthly premiums for 2018 and 2019 are available for faculty and departments to view to prepare for grants at https://clients.garnett-powers.com/pd/uc/ . Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. is a broker who administers the medical insurance for the University. If there are any questions about the insurance itself, the broker should be contacted at psbp@garnett-powers.com or 1-800-254-1758.  

    Postdoctoral Scholars are obligated to contribute to the monthly health benefits plan for both the HMO and PPO. Postdoctoral Paid Directs who do not have an on-campus source paying their salary will be billed the monthly premium by Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. Postdoctoral Fellows will have their monthly premium taken out of their salary unless they elect to be billed.  Postdoctoral Paid Directs will be invoiced by Garnet-Powers and Associates. 

    All UCR Postdocs must sign-up or opt-out of benefits by visiting Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. at https://clients.garnett-powers.com/pd/uc/. Once they have made their choices, they will be directed to the UCPATH Portal to officially sign-up for their benefits.  

    Initial eligibility requires an appointment at 100% time for at least 3 months or 50-99% time for at least 12 months. To retain eligibility, a Postdoc is required to maintain an average regular paid time of at least 17.5 hours per week (43.75%).  

     

  • Sick Leave and Time Off

    In general, Postdoctoral Scholar-Employees are eligible for paid sick leave of up to 12 days per 12-month appointment period. The University shall carry forward unused sick leave to subsequent eligible appointments at the University of California. See Article 23 of the Contract. 

    Postdoctoral Scholars do not accrue vacation but are eligible for 24 days of paid personal time-off per one-year appointment period. These days do not carry over upon reappointment nor require payout when the appointment ends. See Article 17 of the Contract.

  • Department Resources
    Appointment Letters and Forms 

    All Postdoctoral Scholars MUST have an appointment letter with a copy of the  2019 benefit contribution rates table attached to the letter and a completed Graduate Division Postdoctoral Scholar Form.  Copies of both must be filed in the Graduate Division once the Postdoctoral Scholar has signed. College Deans must approve before the letter is sent and the appointment is made. 

    All Postdoctoral Scholars MUST have a reappointment letter   with the 2019 benefit contribution rates table attached to the letter. A Progress Assessment must be done annually. This is an evaluation of the Postdoctoral Scholar's progress and accomplishment in research and professional development.  Sample Postdoc Performance Appraisal Form

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