New Postdoc Orientation

OPA offers a quarterly orientation for new postdocs, introducing them to campus resources to support their career development as well as opportunities for social networking including the Postdoctoral Association of Colorado Boulder (PAC Boulder). If you wish to attend the next orientation, please email

Professional Development Training

OPA, in partnership with other campus units, offers multiple trainings, workshops and other professional development opportunities each semester. A list of upcoming workshops can be viewed here. All events are announced in OPA's monthly newsletter, the DocReport.

New Employee Training

CU Boulder requires all new faculty and staff, including postdocs, to complete the online New Employee Orientation, Information Security & Privacy Awareness, and Discrimination and Harassment training through MyCUInfo within 31 days of hire. Instructions on accessing these training modules can be found here.

Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training is required for all postdocs paid from a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and for postdocs supported by select National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards (institutional training grants, educational grants and research career development awards). RCR training is recommended for all postdocs who do not fall into the aforementioned categories.

Conflicts of Interest

Postdoctoral Associates and Postdoctoral Fellows are required to submit a Disclosure of External Professional Activities (DEPA) annually if they are responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research. More information on conflicts of interest can be found here. All Research Associates are required to fill submit a DEPA annually.

Other Required Trainings

Depending on the content of your research, you may need to undergo additional trainings. The Research & Innovation Office (RIO) has more information about what additional trainings you may need to satisfy.