Gladstone's Postdoctoral Training Program
The training program builds upon the NPA's (National Postdoctoral Association) core competencies. The NPA has established six core competencies to offer guidance to individual postdoctoral scholars who must seek out relevant training experiences, in collaboration with mentors, institutions, and other advisors who provide this training.
THE SIX CORE COMPETENCIES:
1. Discipline-specific conceptual knowledge
2. Research skill development
3. Communication skills
5. Leadership and management skills
6. Responsible conduct of research
USING THE CORE COMPETENCIES
The goal of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the training necessary for the postdoctoral scholar to achieve intellectual and professional independence and success. This toolkit was developed to provide definition for the scholar and his/her support community as to the competencies essential to achieving this independence. Some of these competencies will have been acquired during graduate training. Thus, some aspects of the competencies will describe refinements of skills already achieved, and some will represent new or advanced skills.
HOW GLADSTONE INCORPORATES THE CORE COMPETENCIES INTO THE TRAINING PROGRAM:
Defining Career Objectives and Exploring Opportunities
A successful postdoc training experience is best achieved with a defined set of plans or objectives. We encourage you to take the time to develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and discuss your career objectives/interests with your mentor on a regular basis. More on career planning resources at UCSF.
Resources for Academic jobs (UCSF)
Leadership and Management
Leadership and management skills are required to be successful in any job, so take advantage of these resources during your training tenure.
Communicating for Success
Being an effective communicator is key in any career setting. UCSF and Gladstone offers many resource to aid in this area.
The art of lecturing (Gladstone), presented by Dr. Robert Mahley, MD, PhD, President Emeritus
Scientific Communication Series (Gladstone)
Another area of communication is teaching. If you are interested in gaining more teaching experience, be sure to check out UCSF's teaching resource page.
Research ethics and responsible conduct of research are significant components of the training program and research enterprise. Gladstone-specific workshops are currently being developed. In the meantime, UCSF offers a research integrity course that addresses key issues including:
Scientific Misconduct: Plagiarism, Falsification and Fabrication of Data
Scientific Record Keeping and Data Management
Animals in Research: Animal Rights and Welfare
Human Subjects in Research
Publication, Responsible Authorship and Peer Review Practices
Conflicts of Interest
Mentoring and Being Mentored
Professional Development Courses
Classes through Learn iT! are offered to Gladstone employees, postdocs and graduate students, and there is no charge to enroll.
Many Gladstone Extension classes have waiting lists - so please register before the deadline, and if you must cancel, please do so as soon as you know you cannot attend a class. This will ensure that classes are fully subscribed, and that we can afford to provide these opportunities in the future.
Be sure to get your manager's approval for each class and time away from your job, before registering online. The Human Resources department will be charged for each class you take.