Well rounded Postdoctoral Researchers with initiative, who are not always "tied to the bench" are more successful academically

Lucy J. Lee, Isobel Gowers, Lorraine Ellis, Ilaria Bellantuonoa
2010 International Journal for Researcher Development  
This article reports the development, application and results of a baseline investigation of contract research staff in 2007 in the Medical School at the University of Sheffield which was carried out in order to develop a specifically tailored training and career development programme and allow for future impact evaluation of the scheme. Postdoctoral researchers reported on their perceived skill levels, academic achievements, career motivations and the current research environment. Results
more » ... nment. Results indicated that transferable skills related to communication and awareness of the process of research (i.e. the process of acquisition of funding, commercialisation of research outputs) were lacking. Furthermore, these skills were associated with higher publication outputs, and improved with mobility between institutions at postdoctoral level. This paper also describes how the findings from the baseline evaluation were used to develop a programme to address the lower ranking skills and evaluate the impact of the programme.
doi:10.1108/1759751x201100021 fatcat:uabjn52j7zb3zjodbgvffz66ha