The Compact between Postdoctoral Scholars and Faculty Mentors is a document developed at UNMC to initiate discussion about the Postdoctoral Scholar-Mentor relationships and obligations for a high quality postdoctoral training experience.
Obligations of a Postdoctoral Scholar
- Develops a mutually defined research project(s) with the mentor that includes well-defined goals.
- Participates actively and conscientiously in a research project(s) outlined in discussion with the faculty.
- Seeks regular feedback on his/hers performance and participates in a formal evaluation by the mentor at least annually (via UNeVal online performance evaluation system).
- Develop an individual development plan (IDP).
- Exhibits good laboratory practice such as careful maintenance of research record and compliance with guidelines for biosafety and those involving animals and human subjects.
- Complies with UNMC policies and guidelines on scientific conduct, intellectual property, and laboratory practices.
- Maintains collegial conduct towards mentor and co-workers.
- Attends Orientation and mandatory Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) workshop in the first year. Attends career development workshops/seminars (i.e., grant-writing workshops, placement workshops and workshops.
Obligations of a Faculty Mentor
- Ensures that a mutually agreed upon set of expectations and goals are in place at the outset of the postdoctoral training.
- Provides adequate facilities, resources, and guidance to achieve the agreed upon goals of the postdoctoral scholar.
- Ensures timely submission of the scholar’s research for publication/presentation and that he/she gets appropriate credit
- Provides adequate guidance and mentoring in manuscript preparation and presentation of scientific work.
- Reviews scholar’s performance annually, in terms of research endeavor and career development (via UNeVal online performance evaluation system).
- Ensures that a scholar attends Orientation and mandatory Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) workshop in their first year.
- Encourages scholars to attend career development workshops/seminars.