Aug 22 2013
Postdoctoral scholars should develop their leadership, management, and communications skills to help move into independent research and faculty positions, say Michael Hadjiargyrou, Ph.D., chair of life sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Aydin Farajidivar, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, in an article for Science Careers in the journal Science.
"Managing human capital is very difficult," says Farajidivar, who adds that his leadership of a team of student researchers helped him attain success in academia. Hadjiargyrou advises postdocs to volunteer to speak in departments other than their own and to find opportunities to address lay audiences. "It forces you to put together a presentation that's targed for a specific audience," he says.