Researcher Management and Leadership Training

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Provider University of Colorado
Platform Coursera
Weeks 6
Hours 20


Asides research training, leadership and management are essential skills for researchers. Non-science factors still play a role in scientific careers. This course will help you take responsibility, garner skills and optimize all the resources at your disposal hence avoiding any trap. Topics covered include Researcher management and leadership training; Leadership; Finance and administration; Management – Part 1: starting a research team; Management – Part 2: growing and maintaining a research team; Mentorship.

This intermediate-level course taught in English is for early career researchers and mentors who believe that modern scientific careers require management skills and want to be research leaders, as well as those who have experience with externally-funded research, or plan to join a scientific team or to lead funded research projects.

Participants will learn how to assess the importance of management and leadership skills, and identify approaches to optimize resources when building a research career; identify key financial and administrative responsibilities for researchers, including regulatory compliance, financial reporting, and budgeting; understand how to effectively manage a research group: hire new people, manage existing employees, and engage teams to cultivate a positive culture; compare key responsibilities for mentors and mentees, strategically build mentorship teams and enhance mentorship using coaching and sponsorship.

Skills to be gained are Mentorship, Resource management, Clinical research, Team management, and Leadership. The course is free to audit, but might require a small fee to purchase a certificate of completion. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

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