Postdoctoral mentoring is an important training component that expands beyond the traditional research experiences that a postdoc will obtain in an individual faculty lab. Postdoctoral fellows whose mentors are GCSC faculty affiliates are encouraged to participate in our cross-college mentoring program. This program is designed to engage first year and experienced postdocs with meaningful topics to help them gain knowledge and skills needed for successful careers. The topics addressed in a mentoring year are based on the interests of participants, such as:
- Building a strong interdisciplinary network
- Locating career opportunities and prepare application materials
- Navigating professional development issues for academic through private industry careers
- Managing the complexities of developing independent careers
- Developing balance between professional and personal obligations
- Initiating/creating new courses
- Communicating more effectively with individuals and groups
- Developing and leading a research program:
- Identify and successfully apply for research funding
- Outline research responsibilities, assign tasks, and budget time of research group
- Track project progress and prepare reports
- Manage the financial and business enterprise associated with a research program
- Manage, archive, and share data with peers and the broader scientific community
- Work in multi-investigator teams
- Engage under-represented groups, the public, and stakeholders in research and outreach
- Assess and evaluate work quality of peers and self
- Judge ethical considerations related to research and professional activities
The GCSC hosts this mentoring program based on faculty and postdoc interest and availability. Contact GCSC Program Coordinator Laurie Mecham for more information.
- At the Helm: Leading Your Laboratory by Kathy Barker is a favorite guidebook.
- Learn more about the ethics and responsibility training critical to successful career development.
- HHMI Resources for Early Career Scientists addresses obtaining a faculty position, running a lab, and more.
- NSF Career-Life Balance Initiative, a family-friendly support initiative.
- U of U Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Professional Programs
- U of U Postdoctoral Association
- Institut Pasteur “Tips for Running Your Own Research Group” guidebook