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Postdoc Wellness

​Postdoctoral training is an exciting and challenging period for early career scientists. During this extremely exciting - but stressful - time it’s important to remember to take care of yourself. Wellness encompasses many different aspects of life (e.g., physical, mental, financial, spiritual, etc.), and the more you can incorporate wellness into your daily life, the happier and more productive you will be. 

 Diversity and Inclusion Resources

University of Colorado is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion among its thousands of students and employees. Have questions or need help? Check out the resources below.

Office of Inclusion and Outreach

Office of Equity

Gender and Sexuality Center

Undocumented Student Services

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 Physical Wellness

As the old adage goes, “a sound body equals a sound mind”. Whether it’s a weekend hike, an early morning spin class, incorporating walking meetings into your day, or simply standing up to stretch and move once an hour, physical activity is an essential part of wellness.

Fitness Centers and Discounts
The PDA has negotiated a discounted rated for postdocs of $35/month at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Membership includes access to gym, pool, and group classes.

In addition, the university has negotiated discounts at a variety of gyms, including 24 Hour Fitness, the YMCA, and Core Power Yoga.

Postdoc Association Summer Hikes
Join the PDA for our monthly summer hike series, which is every second Saturday June through October. This is a great way to meet more postdocs, explore Colorado, and get some physical activity. Check the PDA's Social Events​ page for more information.

Be Colorado Move Program
An incentive program to encourage physical activity. Sign up and then download the app (which will connect to fitness trackers such as Fitbit and Apple Watch). Log 30 minutes of activity at least 12 days a month to receive $25 per month!

 Mental Wellness

Physical wellness is important for mental wellness, but the two are not synonymous. Mental wellness deserves explicit attention and should be part of your overall wellness plan. Whether it is formal counseling services, stress management, or just needing to talk with someone, everyone needs support from time-to-time. Make your mental wellness a priority and give it the attention it deserves.

In an emergency, call 911 or visit the Emergency Departments at the University of Colorado Hospital or Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Mental Health Resources

Community connections and activities
  • Postdoc Association Peer Support Group​: postdoc-only gatherings where you can chat with other postdocs dealing with similar challenges in a safe space. Come and share your tips and experience, or just get frustrations off your chest! 
  • Mindfulness together workshop series in collaboration with Anschutz Healthy and Wellness Center (12:30-1:00pm Every last Friday of the month, at Research Quad in summer months). A combination of 30 minutes moving and sitting meditation guided by experienced yoga and meditation experts.
​​​​Postdoc of the Month:
As a graduate student and then as a postdoc, acknowledgement and celebration of successes are few and fair between.
The PDA encourages everyone to shine a light on a postdoc that is doing great things in life or in lab, nothing is too small or too big to send in a nomination.
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 Financial Wellness

Know your worth!
Check out these glassdoor and payscale to make sure you are getting what you are worth.

Did you know that the University covers the annual fee for your retirement account at TIAA? Although postdocs are not eligibile for matched retirement contributions, you should still take advantage of University retirement plans (e.g., 403(b), 401(k), 457) and services. Individual financial consulting and more on benefits and finacial wellness can be found on the Employee Services website. ​

The Future of Research website is collecting data on Postdoc salaries across the country to determine what the salary landscape actually looks like and to be used as a tool for postdoc advocacy. They have also published their results on their website so you can determine where your salary falls within the sepectrum. If you are currently a postdoc feel free to report your salary and contribute to this important survey.

Looking for some discounts? Check out the University Employee discounts here, here, and here!

The NIH has many funding oppotunities and fellowships you can apply for to support your research.

There are also funding opportunities within CU and outside of the NIH.


 Tips for a CU Postdoc

Living in Colorado

Where to Live

Moving to Colorado to start your postdoc?

Use this neighborhood guide and article to help decide where you would be happiest living.

Child care

Understanding what your options are for child care and school districts can be an important part of considering where to live and what positions to take. Get a better idea of your options here.



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