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The Scientific Leadership and Management Skills Course was developed in 2004-2005 as a collaboration between the UCSF Office of Postdoctoral Education, The Office of Career and Professional Development, the Center for Health Professions, and the J. David Gladstone and Buck Institutes. 

This two-day, intensive course is designed to give new and future PI's the awareness, skills and tools needed to become better leaders and managers within a research unit. The course was modeled after the "Course in Scientific Management" developed by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Now in its fifth year, this course has offered valuable skills to over 400 participants and has be featured in Cell and Science.

Applications are due August 4th, 2010 for acceptance to the 2010 course, to be held September 16-17th 2010. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by August 9th. Apply here.

This course provides training in:

Includes instruction from the eminent specialist in this field, Dr. Ed O'Neil.  Dr. O'Neil has used his unique leadership development curriculum to train scientists at Genentech, the NIH, and HHMI.  Prior to the course participants are asked to complete two on-line diagnostic tools that are used to assess and improve leadership and communication skills. During the course, small group work with Dr. O'Neil's team of leadership specialists provides guidance for participants to realize tangible improvements in their skills.

Includes training by successful faculty members and top
administrators from UCSF, The J. David Gladstone Institutes, and the Buck Institute for Age Research, and other Bay Area Universities who will provide insight, advice, and concrete tools for improving your skills in the following areas:

  • Staffing your Lab with the Best and Brightest
  • Strategies for Success in Scientific Management


Due to restrictions for course size, not all applicants wil be accepted and priority will be given to UCSF affliated postdoctoral fellows and faculty.

Abigail Kroch, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Education,
Bill Lindstaedt, Director, The Office of Career and Professional Development,, 415- 502-2422
John LeViathan, Manager, Human Resources, J. David Gladstone Institutes,, 415-734-2036



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