Through your association with CU Boulder, you have access to free memberships. You are automatically a member of the Postdoctoral Association of Colorado Boulder (PAC Boulder). If you would like to serve as a member of the PAC steering committee, please send and email to

National Postdoc Association

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) provides advocacy and toolkits for postdocs, mentors and institutions. To sign up, click on this link and follow the registration process. Once you click “Submit” the NPA Membership Manager will review your Affiliate membership within five working days, and you will receive an email when it has been approved.

As an NPA Affiliate Member, you are entitled to these benefits:

  •  to NPA e-alerts, a periodic news announcement, and The POSTDOCket, the NPA’s official monthly newsletter
  • Reduced registration fees to the NPA Annual Conference & eligibility for the NPA travel award program
  • Access to members-only NPA web content, such as career planning resources and policy information
  • Access to NPA member groups to connect & network with fellow NPA members
  • Discounts to some services and products.  
  • Opportunities to serve and contribute your expertise on a variety of NPA committees
  • National representation on postdoctoral issues

Versatile Ph.D.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Career Services, the Graduate School, and CIRES have partnered to offer postdoctoral associates and fellows across campus access to Versatile PhD. Versatile PhD is the largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM.

All postdoctoral associates and fellows on campus have access to the gamut of Versaitile PhD offerings to:

  • Read inspiring first-person stories by experienced non-academic PhDs.
  • Learn about many non-academic career options and explore them in-depth.
  • See authentic examples of résumés and cover letters from PhDs who secured their first jobs away from faculty track.
  • Become part of a thriving, supportive online community where you can participate in discussions and network with PhDs outside the academy.
  • Attend local meetups to further develop relationships to help get your post-academic career started. 
  • Take professional development courses specific for PhDs.

Access Instructions

  1. Log in to Handshake
  2. Go to the Career Center tab (at the top of the page)
  3. Click on Resources
  4. Open the Versatile PhD article, click setup my account
  5. Register for your free premium account

Once you have been authenticated through Handshake, you may login here.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) is a mentoring community designed to help faculty make a successful transition from postdoc to professor. NCFDD offers a variety of trainings, courses, webinars, writing programs, and other online resources for professional development and career success.

All CU Boulder faculty, postdocs, and graduate students are encouraged to utilize this resource.

To discover what NCFDD can do for you, follow these two simple steps:

  • Activate your membership by clicking here and entering your information;
  • Once your account is activated, you can review and register for events, courses, and webinars.

Other Membership Opportunities

The Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) offers networking events, seminars and workshops to its members.

Other memberships available on campus include the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Association for Women in Science, and Sigma Xi.