New Postdoc Orientation

OPA offers a quarterly in-person orientation for new postdoctoral scholars. This orientation will inform new postdocs of their benefits and how to enroll, connect postdocs with select departmental and campus resources, and give them an opportunity to learn career development planning techniques. 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 staff, including postdocs, to complete the online New Employee Orientation, Information Security & Privacy Awareness, and Discrimination and Harassment training through MyCUInfo within 30 days of hire. Instructions on accessing these training modules can be found under the “Your First Few Weeks” heading on the Human Resources new employees page

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

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

Other Required Trainings

Depending on the content of your research, you may need to undergo additional trainings. The Research & Innovation Office (RIO) has developed an interactive tool that you can use to determine what additional trainings you may need to attend.