The goal of the UMass Lowell Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Program ("Postdoc Mentoring Program") is to provide a list of centralized resources and best practices for the provision of skills, knowledge and experiences necessary to prepare postdoctoral researchers to excel in their chosen career path. The Postdoc Mentoring Program should help create a conversational framework for faculty mentors and postdocs to discuss expectations, opportunities, and professional development.
Several funding agencies require investigators to support the development of their postdoctoral researchers in six key areas: career counseling and advising; experience writing grant proposals, publications and presentations; teaching and mentoring skills; instruction in professional practice; and technology transfer. Best practices and links to UMass Lowell support for each of these areas is broken out, below:
Faculty mentors are encouraged to offer a welcome letter top their postdoc that outlines general policies, expectations, and roles and responsibilities within their mentor-mentee relationship. Subjects might include the following (not exhaustive):
As appropriate, faculty mentors will provide their postdoc with the opportunity to become familiar with the university-industry relationship, including applicable confidentiality requirements and preparation of invention disclosures.
Faculty mentors and postdocs should meet at least annually to discuss and refine the mentoring plan and IDP (separate and apart from any performance management conversations).