The SLMS course provides 16 hours of training and is targeted at senior postdocs, clinical research fellows, and junior faculty. The course is recommended for those who are about to lead research groups or those who have just begun to lead. It is modeled after the successful course designed by Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and makes use of the HHMI book Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty. The course is offered about every 18-24 months.
The 2017 course will be held Nov 2 and Nov 9 at the Gladstone Institutes. This year will be the 10th offering of the course.
Applications for the 2017 Course in Scientific Leadership & Management Skills will open in mid-July 2017.
Course topics include:
- Introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
- Using MBTI to Improve Performance
- Influencing Others: Motivating, Managing Conflict, "Leading Up"
- Vision: Advancing Your Research Program
- Staffing Your Research Group: Recruiting the Best
- Managing Your Time Effectively
- Influencing Others: Difficult Conversations and Negotiations
- Goal Setting
- Applicants must be available to attend the entire course, all day both days.
- Applicants must be willing to complete the course work. About one hour of pre-course effort is required of successful applicants. Additionally, two to three hours of homework effort will be required between the two days of the course
Registration Fees (including course materials)
Applicants who are accepted can pay for the course online. You may be able to charge fees to your department or a grant, including training grants or fellowships. A limited number of scholarships may be available for postdocs who have no means to pay for the course.
$95 for postdoctoral scholars or clinical research fellows
$275 for faculty members
$375 for eligible registrants not affiliated with UCSF
Important Dates: TBA
*Please do not apply for the course unless you can attend both days, all day. If you are admitted to the course, you will be asked to register and pay for the course in a separate process.
Each year, we have more applicants for this popular course than we have slots. Therefore we may not be able to accept everyone who applies. While exact selection criteria vary according to the number of applications we receive for any particular year, we generally give priority to those who carefully, but briefly describe why they want to take the course. They must also meet the following criteria:
- Postdocs/Clinical Research Fellows with seniority (those who might not be here to take the course next year) OR
- Postdocs/Clinical Research Fellows who have an academic or industry job offer (starting up a research group shortly and therefore need this course material now) OR
- Junior faculty (those who have recently started up a research lab and need the course material now)
- Clinician scientists: priority is given to those who spend a significant portion of their time conducting research.
For additional information about the 2017 Course in Scientific Leadership & Management Skills, or for questions about the application process or decisions, contact:
Christine Des Jarlais
Assistant Dean for Postdocs and Career Development
The 2017 Course in Scientific Leadership & Management Skills is sponsored by: UCSF Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research, funded by the Sandler Foundation, The J. David Gladstone Institutes, UCSF Office for Postdoctoral Scholars, UCSF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development, the UCSF Graduate Division, and the Buck Institute.