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Discipline-Specific Conceptual Knowledge | Research Skills Development | Communication Skills
Professionalism | Leadership and Management Skills | RCR

 

I. Discipline-Specific Conceptual Knowledge

One of the main goals of postdoctoral training is to expand knowledge of your field and develop your niche. To become a subject matter expert:

  • Join professional societies.
  • Join interest groups at your local university/department.
  • Attend journal clubs.
  • Attend national and international meetings. A good source for the sciences is the Nature Events Directory; for the humanities, H-Net Academic Announcements; and for the social sciences, the Consortium of Social Sciences Associations. Networking is key to your career success, regardless of your field. Consider the benefits of attending large conferences where you will obtain a broad picture of the state of your field vs. smaller conferences where you will have more personal interactions.

Please note:  Much of what postdoctoral researchers need to learn under this topic is discipline-specific. The following resources are examples:

II. Research Skills Development

Please note: Much of what postdoctoral researchers need to learn under this topic is discipline-specific. The following resources are examples.

III. Communication Skills

Communication in General

Conflict Resolution

General Writing Resources

Grant Writing

Managing News and Social Media

Negotiating

Professional and Career Development

Scientific Presentations

Scientific Writing

Teaching

Public Speaking Tips

IV. Professionalism

Workplace Professionalism  (advice suitable for all academic disciplines)

Diversity Resources

Conflict of Interest

The Scientist as Good Citizen

V. Leadership and Management Skills

Leadership in General

  • Leadership: Theory and Practice by Peter Guy Northouse from Sage Publications  (advice suitable for all academic disciplines; available from most university libraries)
  • Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman from Bantam Books (advice suitable for all academic disciplines; available from most university libraries)
  • What Makes a Leader? by Daniel Goleman from the Harvard Business Review (advice suitable for all academic disciplines)

Leadership in the Laboratory

Time/Stress Management

VI. Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

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