Finding a Postdoc for Your Lab

Recruiting through UCSF

Faculty may advertise an opening for a postdoc on the UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development's Opportunities and Job Board at no cost.

The Graduate Division together with the Postdoc Office normally have a booth at at least two major conferences each fall, the annual SACNAS and ABRCMS meetings. We often put out a binder with open postdoc openings at UCSF in our exhibit. Contact Erik Rotman to ask for your announcement to be included.

We can also send your position description to the AGEP listserv. AGEP is the NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, a national program dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in the professoriate in STEM fields.


Advertise in relevant scientific journals.

Science Careers magazine is a good place to advertise openings if you want to reach a broader group of potential postdocs.

Consider advertising on

Look at advertising in the programs of conferences relevant to the field.

Word of Mouth

Be encouraged to talk with your colleagues in the field at other respected universities. They may have graduate students who are looking for postdoc openings.

Send an email about the opening to the graduate division or graduate program offices at the other University of California campuses and/or at other universities with strong research programs. Most of them will have a mechanism for getting the word out to their own graduate students. A list of UC system graduate division offices is available on the UCOP website.

Most graduate students want to do their postdoc training at a university other than the one where they did their graduate work, but this is not always the case. UCSF students are well trained, and our own graduate programs can often suggest highly qualified students who are close to graduation and looking for postdoc openings.