Welcome to the UCSC STEM Postdocs webpage!

The USPA is a postdoctoral-led organization that aims to provide career training and resources to postdoctoral scholars here at UC Santa Cruz. Each year the USPA organizes a symposium, and a series of workshops to highlight postdoctoral research, provides postdocs with career planning support, and build a stronger postdoc community.  Our goal is to create a welcoming environment for new postdocs and a supportive group of peers to navigate this pivotal career stage together.

Activities of USPA include:
- monthly postdoc science and social hour
- career development workshops
- annual symposium

Contact us: uspa@ucsc.edu

Check out our upcoming events and join us:

Facebook group

UCSC Google Group

USPA on Twitter

The USPA is part of the larger network of Bay Area Postdocs


Latest from USPA

Happy Hour discussions- Academic Job Application Materials

Postdocs, grad students and staff scientists are all welcome!

TIMENOVEMBER 1ST  (Friday) 3:00 pm- 5:00 pm
LOCATION: Sinsheimer 123

Discussion Panel

Topics we will discuss include:

  • Experiences of 5 recent hires at UCSC
  • Discussion sessions on following
    • Teaching statement
    • Diversity Statement
  • What is the process of getting hired?
  • How to prepare for the interview?

And best of all: “Happy Hour”!

Registration is required: REGISTER


Accelerating Science with Dr. Cori Bargmann

Dr. Cori Bargmann, Head of Science at the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative will be giving a seminar  in Biomed 200 at 11:00 am next week Thursday August 29  on “Accelerating Science”.

After her talk, we will hold three sessions with Dr. Bargmann as well as student/postdoc speakers open to the entire UCSC community  around the following themes:

2 – 3 pm                   Session 1: Accelerating Research Training & Outreach

3:15 – 4:15 pm         Session 2: Interdisciplinary & Team Science

4:30 – 5:30pm          Session 3: Publishing, Funding, & the Future of Science

Location for discussion sessions: Biomed 300

Each discussion session will feature 30 minutes of presentation by UCSC trainees followed by 30 minutes of open discussion from the community (all are welcome to attend) about these topics.

Registration is appreciated to gauge the attendance for this event: https://forms.gle/mZABrSFCaMzzPdj9A



Grant Writing Workshop


See an updated list of resources in the Funding Opportunities and Professional Development pages.

Access through your UCSC email Google account:

Contact Carrie or David to get access to examples of NIH/NSF grants.

When: July 11th (Thursday9:30am-3pm
Biomed 200

Register here before July 5th.

Postdocs, grad students and staff scientists are all welcome!


David States, Biomedical Research Development Specialist, Office of Research

David has decades of experience with research funding. Currently he works with UCSC faculty on federal grant proposals, especially on biomedical research topics.

Carrie PartchAssociate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department

Carrie has extensive experience with NIH on both sides: she has received multiple R01 grants, and has sit on the review panels. She also teaches a grant-writing course.

Tentative agenda

  • 9:30am Check in
  • 9:45-10:00am Introduction
  • 10am-12pm David States: basic principles of grant writing, going over examples, how to write NSF grants
  • 12-1pm Lunch and networking
  • 1-3pm Carrie Partch: NIH funding mechanisms and review process, going over examples.

Second session

If there is interest for it, a shorter session will be organized two weeks later, on July 25th 10am-noon (Biomed 300), to give you feedback on your specific aims page. You will have the opportunity to send your specific aim page to the instructors a week before.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

– UCSC STEM Postdoc Association (USPA)

Intellectual Property Workshop

Dear postdocs, graduate students, and staff researchers,
The UCSC STEM Postdoc Association (USPA) and UCSC’s Director of Intellectual Property Management, Jeff Jackson, are hosting a workshop on Intellectual Property, and when you should consider patenting your research.
Topics we will discuss include:
– inventions at the university
– how to recognize inventions
– the patent and commercialization process
– careers in technology transfer or patent prosecution
Also, UCSC’s IP Management Officer specializing in software and electrical engineering, Chris Reed, will accompany Jeff (who specializes in biotechnology and chemistry) to help answer your questions.
When: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 noon – 1 pm
Where: Sinsheimer 123
Lunch will be served!
Please register here or email us at uspa@ucsc.edu if you have any questions.