Professional Development

Your experience as a postdoctoral researcher at Yale is an opportunity for you to develop the skills you will need for your future career. Regardless of what career path you are interested in, you will need a wide variety of skills to be successful.

The National Postdoctoral Association has identified six core competencies that we encourage you to use to determine what kinds of training would be most beneficial to you.  It is important to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and consider the best way for you to develop across all six areas:

  1. Discipline-specific conceptual knowledge
  2. Research skill development
  3. Communication skills
  4. Professionalism
  5. Leadership and management skills
  6. Responsible conduct of research

While your research experience and your mentor will help you to advance in the first two areas, our office works collaboratively with the university to help you develop your skills in remaining areas.

To the left you will find links to information about professional development resources available for specific elements of the core competencies. 

We announce professional development opportunities regularly in our newsletter, on our calendar, and in targeted email announcements.

Of course we also welcome your ideas for special programing and encourage you to contact us to share your thoughts and feedback.