Postdocs at UCSF

You can also view demographic data and information about time in postdoc in tabular form.

Postdoc Career Outcomes

A tabular version of the data on career outcomes is in preparation. If you need these data now, please contact the Postdoc Office.


What is a postdoc? A postdoctoral scholar or "postdoc" is an individual holding a doctoral degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of his or her choosing. (Medical residents and clinical fellows are not considered postdocs at most universities, including UCSF.)

See the list of "title codes" – categories in the personnel record keeping system – postdocs fall under at UCSF.


The presentation of postdoc data on this website represents a part of UCSF's collaborative efforts with the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science to improve transparency on career prospects for life sciences trainees. See statistics on our graduate programs on the Graduate Division website.

UC San Francisco is a member of the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science, which includes Cornell University, Duke, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins, MIT, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Wisconsin. The Coalition seeks to improve transparency related to career prospects and opportunities for life sciences trainees, including both graduate students and postdocs. Read more about the goals and plans of the Coalition.