Post-doctoral fellows work directly with a faculty principal investigator (PI). These researchers gain valuable experience during their fellowship through a variety of professional development and mentoring opportunities.
The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) has established six core competencies to offer guidance to individual postdoctoral scholars who must seek out relevant training experiences, in collaboration with mentors, institutions, and other advisors who provide this training. "Competency" has been defined as "an acquired personal skill that is demonstrated in [one's] ability to provide a consistently adequate or high level of performance in a specific job function."1These competencies are meant to serve primarily as: (1) a basis for self-evaluation by postdoctoral scholars and (2) a basis for developing training opportunities that can be evaluated by mentors, institutions, and other advisors.
The six core competencies are:
1. Discipline-specific conceptual knowledge
2. Research skill development
3. Communication skills
5. Leadership and management skills
6. Responsible conduct of research
For more information on the NPA postdoctoral core competencies, visit their website at http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/
Postdoctoral fellows recognized at reception:
Research is fundamental to the mission of UNC Charlotte, and faculty, staff and students from virtually every discipline are engaged in the creation of novel discoveries. Another important group of contributors is postdoctoral fellows.
These individuals, who have completed their Ph.Ds., often work for one to two years as part of a research team, and they contribute greatly to advancing the University’s research agenda, said Robert Wilhelm, vice chancellor for research and economic, at a special reception recently in the Student Union Art Gallery.
He also expressed his appreciation to the advisors of the postdoctoral fellows for their commitment to mentor these researchers, who represent future faculty members at institutes of higher education.
The Center for Graduate Life and the ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office hosted the reception.
“We wanted to create an opportunity to celebrate the important contributions that our postdoctoral fellows make to the University, as well as give them an opportunity to meet each other so they can build connections across campus,” said (Dr. Katherine Hall-Hertel, Associate Dean, Graudate Academic & Student Affairs and Dr. Andrea Dulin, Project Director, UNC Charlotte ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office ).