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Career Resources

Listed below are some of the professional development resources to help you discover career paths that are open to postdoctoral scholars. Additionally, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) organizes various career development events and activities for postdoctoral scholars that occur throughout the academic year.  Contact the OPA for more information.

Career Exploration

View a PowerPoint presentation on Directing/Managing a Core Facility.

Leadership and Business Management

Center for Leadership

Northwestern University’s (NU) Center for Leadership offers Leadership Services to support the professional development of postdoctoral scholars. They offer workshops, consulting and coaching to enhance your postdoctoral training — as well as a list of articles and texts relevant to leadership on their What We’re Reading web page.

Business for Scientists Executive Education Program

The Business for Scientists Executive Education Program is a 5-day certificate program, led by Kellogg School of Management faculty members, providing postdoctoral fellows with an introduction to business concepts, industry specific tools, accounting, strategy, finance, marketing and management programming.  Learn more on the Business for Scientists Executive Education Program web page.

Communications

CLIMB

NU’s Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences (CLIMB) Program is a professional development program that guides a diverse group of biosciences PhD students to develop advanced skills for collaboration, communication, conducting research across disciplines and accelerating their scientific careers.  Postdoctoral scholars are able to access and utilize their resources, tutorials and videos on professional development, oral communication skills, and written communication and grant writing skills.

Ready, Set, Go

Ready, Set, Go is an intensive, summer workshop designed to improve the oral communication and presentation skills of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  For more information, please visit the Ready, Set, Go web page.

Grant Writing

The NUCATS Grant Writers Groups provide support for junior faculty writing their first NIH grant proposal as an adjunct to other mentoring services they receive. The group meets every 1-2 weeks for a 90 minute session. Read a description of the process.

The Graduate School (TGS) offers a quarterly series of grant and fellowship proposal writing workshops to help students produce the strongest proposals, understand what reviewers are looking for, edit writing to create clear, concise, interesting and persuasive proposals to increase their likelihood of securing funding. Participants are expected to bring their grant proposal drafts and work on them during these workshops. Visit TGS’s Professional Development Calendar of Events to find the next class and register.

The Grantsmanship for the Research Professional two-day workshop, offered by the School of Professional Studies, is open to all postdoctoral fellows interested in learning effective grant opportunity identification, preparation, writing and submission for early to mid-career investigators engaged in research.

Teaching

The Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching  promotes a teaching practice that is grounded in pedagogical scholarship. Postdoctoral fellows are welcome to register and attend Searle Center seminars and workshops.  Postdoctoral fellows are also eligible to apply for the Searle Center's Graduate Teaching Certificate Program which offers workshops, teaching projects and the opportunity to develop a teaching portfolio.

Professionalism

The Navigating the Research Enterprise series was created for all early career faculty members and postdocs who have protected time for investigation to learn more about developing the key skills young scientists require in order to progress beyond just doing good research. You’ll receive an introduction to sources of research funds, how to write effective grants, and how to build a network of professional colleagues and more.

Laboratory Management

Learn the fundamentals of research management in the Introduction to Research Management course. Designed for research laboratory personnel — managers, technicians, students and fellows — this course includes broad management concepts and detailed steps for accomplishing specific managerial tasks for research support. This class is eligible for Professional Development Units (PDUs) from the Project Management Institute (SPMI) and is offered by the School of Professional Studies Professional Development Program.

The Training in Research Administration is a 4-session seminar, held quarterly, for research administrators and any staff involved in research administration. To learn more, contact the Office of Research Integrity.

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