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 gives 2 travel grants each quarter to postdocs in HDFCCC member labs. Each grant is up to $1500 to cover registration and travel expenses for a cancer research conference. For one of the awards, priority will be given to applicants from historically disenfranchised racial and ethnic groups that are under-represented in health sciences (click here for UCSF definition) or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds as defined by the HHS Poverty Guidelines. Applications for the next round will open in December 2019. Email Jennifer Seuferer if you have questions.

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. Some events are recorded, please click here to view them. 
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.