2017 Scientific Leadership & Management Skills Course

Save the dates for the next Scientific Leadership & Management Skills Course: May 1 and 8, 2019

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 in an academic environment 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 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.

Now accepting applications for the 2017 Course in Scientific Leadership & Management. See below.

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

Applying for the Course:

  • The course will be offered November 2 and 9, 2017.
  • Applications are due by August 31 (midnight). Apply Here!
  • Priority is given to UCSF senior postdocs, junior faculty, and clinical research fellows
  • See below for selection criteria and key dates

Please note:

  • 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, about two hours of homework effort will be required in the week between the two days of the course

Registration Fees (includes course materials, meals, and MBTI)
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 UCSF postdocs who have no means to pay for the course.

$95 for UCSF postdoctoral scholars or clinical research fellows
$275 for UCSF faculty members
$375 for eligible registrants not affiliated with UCSF

Important Dates:

Thursday, August 31, 2017: Application deadline at midnight (online form will take 5 – 10 minutes)
Friday, September 15: Accepted course participants are notified via email
Monday, October 2: Deadline to register and pay for the course
Thursday, October 5: Deadline to complete Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) inventory (less than one hour of effort)
Thursday, November 2: Day 1 of the course, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.*
November 3 to 8: Homework to prepare for Day 2 (about 2 hours of effort)
Thursday, November 9: Day 2 of the course, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.* (plus reception 5 - 6 p.m.)

*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.

Selection criteria:
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 in spring 2019) 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
[email protected]

The 2017 Course in Scientific Leadership & Management Skills is sponsored by:  UCSF Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research, funded by the Sandler Foundation; Gladstone Institutes; UCSF Office for Postdoctoral Scholars; UCSF Clinical & Translational Science Institute; UCSF Office of Career & Professional Development; UCSF Graduate Division; Buck Institute; and MilliporeSigma.