The University of California employs about 4,674 academic researchers throughout the university system. Academic researchers at the University of California are comprised of Academic Specialists, Project Scientists, Professional Researchers and Coordinators of Public Programs.

This systemwide academic researchers bargaining unit is represented by UAW 5810.

The current contract for this bargaining unit is in effect through September 30, 2027 and no active negotiations are taking place. Negotiations for the next contract will begin before the current contract expires.