Nurture your inner leader.

The Scientific Leadership and Management Skills Course

Update December 2021: This course is not offered currently. Please check back here for updates for on any future offerings.

The Scientific Leadership and Management Skills (SLMS) Course -- targeted at senior postdocs -- is recommended for those who are about to lead research groups in an academic environment. It's modeled after the successful course designed by Howard Hughes Medical Institute and makes use of the HHMI publication Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty. Course topics include:

cover of slms course binder from 2018

  • 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





Applying for the Course

  • Applications for the next course will be announced here at a to be determined date.
  • Priority is given to UCSF and Gladstone postdocs.
  • For additional information about the SLMS Course, contact us at [email protected].

The 2019 Course in Scientific Leadership and Management Skills was previously sponsored by: UCSF Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research, funded by the Sandler Foundation; Gladstone Institutes; UCSF Office for Postdoctoral Scholars; UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development; and UCSF Graduate Division.