Call for Volunteers to Serve as Vice-President or Advisory Committee Member of the PAC

Dear Postdocs,

The Postdoctoral Association of Colorado (PAC) is a volunteer organization of postdocs that hosts networking events for postdocs, identifies and makes recommendations about policy issues affecting postdocs, and collaborates with CU-Boulder’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) on career and professional development activities. 

The PAC is currently looking for a new Vice President and Advisory Committee Members. Please see below for more information on each position.


                                                                                 Vice President

The ideal candidate will be able to commit to serving on the PAC for at least 2 years: one year as a vice president, followed by one year as a president. The Vice President can expect to contribute approximately 5 hours/month to PAC activities. 

On a monthly basis, the Vice President will help plan events and meet with the senior leadership in CU-Boulder’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the OPA Director. This team works together to identify topics of interest and concern to postdocs; to plan, invite speakers, and host events for the PAC; to review the content, use and usability of the PAC website; and to represent postdoctoral researchers on campus and in the region. 

The incoming vice president will also have the opportunity to participate in the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) and to attend NPA events and conferences.

Becoming vice president of the PAC is a great opportunity to learn how a complex organization works from inside. Additionally, you will gain key experience in public speaking, networking, and management and will also learn some business skills along the way.


                                                                                      Advisory Committee Member

The PAC is also creating an advisory committee and is giving you the opportunity to contribute to the PAC as a member. The goal of the PAC advisory committee will be to work to improve postdoc experiences and provide a voice for various university committees. We are looking to bring together a variety of different perspectives and backgrounds to the committee, and would like to include both junior and senior postdocs. Meetings will be held every quarter. Help us to understand the needs of postdocs in such a broad community as ours and make a difference!


                                                                                      Application Instructions

Interested postdocs should prepare a letter of interest specifically addressing which position you are interested in and why, as well as your qualifications. Please upload your letter of interest and CV to the following link: Apply Here

The application deadline is February 19, 2016.

Make your voice count!


For more information about PAC activities, please visit our website and our Facebook page

Postdoc Appreciation Dinner

Dear Postdocs,

The PAC will be holding its annual Postdoc Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 5-7pm. We will be celebrating with a *Free* Dinner from the UMC catering for all post-docs, significant others and advisers! Since we will be providing dinner, an RSVP is required for this event.

When: Thursday, February 18, from 5-7pm
Where: UMC Aspen Room
What: Postdoc Appreciation Dinner
Who: Postdocs, significant others, and advisers
How: RSVP on our website:​

Come join us for a celebration of all the hard work that we do as postdocs!  And feel free to invite your postdoc advisers to join us in appreciating the work that postdocs do.

**RSVP by 5pm on Wednesday, February 10. Late RSVPs will not be accepted for this event.

We hope to see you at the Postdoc Appreciation Dinner,

Emilie Royer and Larisza Krista

New Postdoc Orientation

Dear Postdocs,
The OPA is now offering New Postdoc Orientation on a quarterly basis. This orientation will help postdocs get started at CU-Boulder by:
·         Introducing you to the campus and city;
·         Helping you learn how to set up your online profile and take required training;
·         Introducing you to your benefits package and how to enroll in benefits;
·         Providing specialized information for international postdocs and postdocs with families;
·         Introducing you to career planning techniques and how to create your Individual Development Plan (IDP);
·         Introducing you to important on-campus resources, including the Ombuds Office, Career Services and the Postdoctoral Association of Colorado (PAC).
I would like to extend an invitation to the inaugural New Postdoc Orientation to all postdocs.
Monday, January 25th
10:15 - 11:45 AM
Regent Administrative Center Room 302
Refreshments Provided
RSVP Required by Friday, January 22nd:
10:15 – 11:25AM       Presentations, featuring presentations from the Ombuds Office, Career Services and the PAC
11:25 – 11:45 AM      Networking and Door Prizes
I look forward to meeting you at New Postdoc Orientation!
Best regards,
Leah Colvin Wanshura, Ph.D.



CV and Résumé Workshop

Dear Postdocs,
The Postdoctoral Association of Colorado, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Career Services have partnered to bring you a CV and Résumé Workshop where you will be able to sign up for one-on-one help to get feedback on your CV or résumé.
Wednesday, January 27th
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Career Services, Center for Community Room N352
RSVP Required:
There will be a limited number of individual, 20 minute appointments available on a first come, first served basis. Individual appointment times will be emailed to those who RSVP before the event.
Best Regards,
Leah Colvin Wanshura, Ph.D.

CU-Boulder's Office of Postdoctoral Affair Open House

Dear Postdocs,


We are pleased to announce the opening of CU-Boulder’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA), which will operate under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

The OPA will enhance and support postdoctoral training and career development, help build a sense of community among postdocs, and serve as a resource to campus and affiliated National Labs. The OPA will work collaboratively with the PAC and other on-campus offices to develop workshops, and will help connect postdocs and their mentors with programs and resources at CU-Boulder.

Please come learn more at OPA & Meet Dr. Leah Colvin Wanshura, OPA Director

                               Open House on December 9, 2015

                                   12:00pm-2:00pm 252 Regent

Dr. Leah Colvin Wanshura is the Director of the newly established OPA.  Leah received her Ph.D. from Mayo Graduate School and completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Minnesota, where she also served as the President of the Postdoctoral Association.

In the months ahead, look for upcoming announcements for additional resources and activities for postdocs. In the meantime, if you have questions or feedback, or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Leah at


We are looking forward to see you at the Open House,

Emilie Royer and Larisza Krista - Co-President of the PAC



PAC Holiday party - December 4th - 5PM to 9PM

Dear Postdocs, 
You are invited to the PAC Holiday Party.
Please join us at the Conor O'Neill's pub in Boulder at 5pm on December 4th for a drink and mingle among postdocs and their family (spouse and partner are welcome).
Nevertheless, drinks will be at your expense, due to the university policy regarding alcoholic beverages. Sorry ;-(
We are looking forward to meet you there.
Emilie Royer & Larisza Krista

Postdoctoral fellowship opportunity at Berkley

Hi Postdocs,

If you are interested by a Postodoc Fellowship Opportunity at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, information can be found here.

On behalf of Ashok Gadgil, Energy Technologies Area Deputy for Science at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, we are pleased to inform you that Berkeley Lab is inviting applications for a distinguished postdoctoral fellowship opportunity. 
The ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellowship will allow an outstanding recent or upcoming Ph.D. recipient to engage in innovative research leading to new energy efficiency technologies or policies and reduction of adverse energy-related environmental impacts.
Applications are due by Noevmber 1, 2015


PAC facebook group

Hello Postdocs,

We are excited to present our new PAC facebook group!

The page is public, so everybody with a facebook account can see it.
No worries if you are not on facebook, we will continue to send the same information via the PAC website ( and the email list.

Please feel free to make this page alive, by introducing yourself for example.
One can also use the page for moving-in or moving-out of Boulder advice/questions.

We are excited to meet you there!

Emilie Royer and Larisza Krista


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