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Why Volunteer?


The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA) is the leading organisation dealing with issues relating to the postdoctoral community in Cambridge. The OPdA provides an academic, administrative and pastoral focus for the community. It develops and executes an agenda for change to enhance the physical and intellectual experience of postdocs in Cambridge and ensure the University meets or exceeds its obligations to this community. Our strategy is to systematically address issues across the whole “lifecycle of the postdoc” from before arrival, through their time in Cambridge, and beyond.

We target our recruitment at the postdoc partner community, although open to anyone, to create a partner volunteer team (PVT) and enable them to contribute to the mission of the OPdA. For the purposes of their volunteer roles, the OPdA will provide working space, IT facilities, as well as one-to-one training and support for their role at OPdA. It is our hope that these volunteer groups will collaborate and expand, creating small social groups within the postdoc community.

Information Coordinators

1. Respond to face-to-face and electronic queries covering a range of questions and concerns.
2. Direct, refer and book appointments with University divisions, as appropriate.
3. Arrange appointments and events at the postdoctoral office.
4. Provide training for new volunteers.
5. Provide feedback and make suggestions to improve services and activities.
6. Engage in an individual, long-term initiative such as mentoring, postdoc leavers' benefits, course development, social enterprise.

Volunteers will ideally have: an ability to resolve problems, show good judgment, exercise confidentiality and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

If you would like to volunteer, download an application form by clicking here.

Why not join Cambridge Connect?

Cambridge Connect is a group that addresses all the practical issues that confront partners of postdocs and researchers at the University of Cambridge – be it careers, volunteering and settling down successfully. The group is part of the NVS programme and meets three times per term at the Postdoc Centre from 10am to 12pm. Members of the group can also access free training sessions organised by Cambridge Hub, which include how to run a crowdfunding campaign, marketing training, public speaking, report writing and much more. Please email for more details.

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