Postdoctoral Scholars

Postdoctoral Scholars

Postdoctoral scholars at UC Santa Barbara comprise a diverse group of approximately 250 scholars across many disciplines. At the University of California, the postdoctoral experience emphasizes scholarship and continued research training for individuals who have recently completed a doctoral degree. The Postdoctoral Scholar conducts research under the general oversight of a faculty mentor in preparation for a career position in academe, industry, government, or the nonprofit sector. Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are temporary positions with fixed end dates intended to provide a full-time program of advanced academic preparation and research training.

Campus Staff Contact Information

Academic Personnel

Responds to questions regarding APM or Red Binder general policy issue

Cindy Doherty, Director 
4105 Cheadle Hall 
Phone: (805) 893‐8332 

Graduate Division

Manages review and processing of incoming appointment and reappointment forms, and databases. Responds to general postdoctoral policy questions on behalf of the Graduate Division and prepares appointment “exceptions” for review by the graduate dean.

Melanie Hoven, Postdoc Personnel Analyst 
3117 Cheadle Hall 
Phone: (805) 893‐4652 

Chris Dixon, Director, Financial Support and Business Operations 
3117 Cheadle Hall 
Phone: (805) 893‐4231 

Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment / Title IX Compliance

Provides recruitment and retention assistance to departments under the University’s affirmative action plan, assists campus community to eliminate and avoid unlawful discrimination and harassment, and provides education and training on diversity and non‐discrimination compliance issues including sexual harassment prevention.

Ricardo Alcaíno, Director 
3217A Phelps Hall 
Phone: (805) 893‐2701 

Human Resources

Counsels postdoctoral scholars on enrollment information, benefit plans, coverage offered by the plans, eligibility, and costs. Acts as liaison among the postdoctoral scholars, departments, payroll, Garnett‐ Powers, and insurance carriers. Able to facilitate, together with Garnett‐Powers and insurance companies, to resolve billing, approval, and/or enrollment issues.

Mayra Magana, MPPA, Postdoctoral Scholars Benefits Coordinator 
3101 Student Affairs/Administrative Services Building 
Phone: (805) 893‐4263 

Employee and Labor Relations

Answers general questions about union contract interpretation and union dues/fees. Assists with informal complaint resolution and grievance processing as well as layoffs and disciplinary matters.

Farfalla Borah, Employee and Labor Relations Manger 
3101 Student Affairs/Administrative Services Building 
Phone: (805) 893‐4482 

Office of International Students and Scholars

Works with the employing departments to obtain the immigration (and sometimes Department of Labor) authorizations necessary to employ foreign national postdoctoral scholars, researchers, lecturers, and other international faculty and staff. Answers questions on how to document these groups and enter them into the PPS system.

Billy Ko, Scholar Specialist 
Student Resource Building (SRB), Room 3131 
Phone: (805) 893‐2097 

Office of Research

Contact: Sponsored Projects Team

Contact your Sponsored Projects Team for questions regarding requests for pre‐award spending, requests for advanced spending, and rebudgeting of funds. For questions related directly to the postdoc contract, contact Cora Diaz, Associate Director at