Postdoctoral scholars at UC Santa Barbara comprise a diverse group of approximately 300 researchers across many disciplines. Postdoctoral scholar appointments are temporary positions with fixed end dates intended to provide a full-time program that emphasizes scholarship, continued research training, and mentorship for individuals who have recently completed a doctoral degree. UCSB offers a variety of resources and opportunities to support postdocs during their time here on campus.


Academic Personnel (AP)
Your department, in conjunction with Academic Personnel, will coordinate all of your hiring paperwork and benefits processing. For more information, contact your department’s Business Officer or Billy Ko ( in Academic Personnel.

Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC)
Almost all of the career and professional development programming offered through the GSRC is open to postdocs, including workshops, one-on-one advising, and campus referrals. Find out more about their services and events on GradPost, or contact Baron Haber (

Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS)
Many of our campus’ postdocs are scholars coming from outside the US who will need to coordinate with OISS for visa processing and travel authorizations. Additionally, OISS offers valuable cultural programming as well as advising and referrals on a number of issues related to international scholars. For more information on J-1 visa issues, email For more information on cultural programming, email

Center for Science & Engineering Partnerships (CSEP)
CSEP offers numerous opportunities for postdocs to engage in professional development activities and to gain experience in teaching, mentoring, and community engagement. For more information, email Arica Lubin (

Office of Research (OR)
The Office of Research supports research activities at UC Santa Barbara. Their website has a page devoted to Postdoctoral Scholar Resources, which includes links to many funding and professional development resources.

Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning (CITRAL)
CITRAL runs various professional development and training events and hosts the Promoting Postdoc Progress (P3) Program for STEM professional development of UCSB postdocs. This program runs in the Spring Quarter and provides complementary training and support in the preparation of job application materials for a variety of STEM careers. For questions about the program, email Nate Emery (

Instructional Development (ID)
Instructional Development provides a number of services and support with respect to teaching and learning. They offer numerous teaching professional development opportunities with new workshops every quarter. All TA workshops are also open to postdocs. 

To be added to the UCSB postdoc listserv, or to change the email address that is subscribed to this list, please email Billy Ko

Click HERE for a list of other resources, including information for both prospective postdocs and current postdocs