Postdoc & Visiting Student Researcher Services

Postdocs & Visiting Student Researchers are eligible for nearly all Career Center Services offered to registered Cal students including access to Handshake (includes job listings), the Letter Service, counseling, workshops, career fairs, and other employer events. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for services, please send an email to the Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Affairs office (VSPA).

To access these services, Postdocs and Visiting Student Researchers must have been in residence at UC Berkeley for a minimum of three months and have an email address that has been reported to VSPA and added to her/his Gateway record. VSPA provides the Career Center with a file of eligible affiliates on a monthly basis, and until you have reported your email address to VSPA, you will not be able to login to Handshake or schedule an appointment.

Please follow the instructions below:


30 Minute appointments with a PhD counselor

To make an appointment, you must have an active account in Handshake (the Career Center’s online platform). After you login, select the Appointments option from the list under the Career Center drop-down menu at the top of the page and follow the instructions.

Job listings, on-campus recruiting, workshop schedules & reservations, career fair directories, online industry & employer guides, CareerMail, and more.

Login to Handshake using your campus CalNet ID and Passphrase.

If you experience difficulty, contact the VSPA office to verify your eligibility.

The Letter Service To create a Letter Service account:
  1. Fill out, print & sign the Letter Service Postdoc Registration Form (MS Word).
  2. Mail or deliver the form to the Career Center, along with a payment of $20 (the same fee students pay). Payment can be a personal check, money order, cashier's check made out to "UC Regents/Career Center". Let us know if you prefer to pay by credit card.

Do not use the Student or Alumni Online Registration process. Be sure to read the Letter Service Policies and Procedures.

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