University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Postdoc Resources

The National Postdoc Association has defined 6 core competencies they believe are essential to achieving intellectual and professional independence and success. The first of these, discipline-specific conceptual knowledge, is something learned with your research mentor. For the remaining 5, campus offers multiple resources to gain skills in these areas. The below table summarizes these resources for you.


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Travel Grants

OET offers travel grants for postdoctoral fellows who do not otherwise have the means to attend a desired research meeting. Two grants are given each quarter. Each grant will fund up to $1500. Requests for applications will be posted on our home page and emailed. To be on this email list, please email

Quarterly Professional Development Programs
These workshops are designed to prepare postdocs for their transition into faculty positions. Topic areas are:
  • Professional Skills & RCR Training
  • Communication
  • Leadership/Management
  • Job Search
  • Translational Medicine/Research Skills
Check the Cancer Center’s event page for upcoming dates.
Practice of Science Seminar for T32 Trainees
These seminars focus on responsible conduct of research topics and is for T32 trainees only. The goal is to provide T32 trainees with a small, interactive seminar that increases their interaction with faculty. Occurs every 1 – 2 months and lasts 1 hour. Past topics have included: Responsible Authorship, University/Academia Interface for Translational Research, Responsible Reporting & Reproducing of Methods and Explicit and Implicit Bias. Check the Cancer Center’s event page for upcoming dates.
The Academic Career Readiness Assessment
The Academic Career Readiness Assessment (ACRA) framework is a tool developed by the Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) with a grant from Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The goal of this tool is to provide graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with the information they need to explore, plan for and apply to faculty positions at different types of institutions, regardless of their understanding of the intricacies of the U.S. education system and independently of the mentoring they receive.