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RED 363

Laboratory Leadership and Staffing










This is a REd Asynchronous (online/self-paced) class.

Participants will understand the basic process and framework used to conceptualize, develop, manage, and administer a successful laboratory in a university setting.

Topics for discussion include how to apply for an academic position (including idealization of a start-up package); determination and prioritization of hiring/staffing with lab technicians, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars; and mentoring of lab personnel. Additional issues such as time management (setting priorities and how/when to say "no" while remaining a good citizen and colleague), identifying collegial mentors to enhance your personal career, and project management will be presented.

In preparation for the class, participants are strongly encouraged to read the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) publication entitled "Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for PostDocs and New Faculty, Second Edition", specifically Chapter 1: Obtaining and Negotiating a Faculty Position; Chapter 2: Understanding University Structure & Planning for Tenure; Chapter 3: Laboratory Leadership in Science; and Chapter 4: Staffing Your Laboratory. The book is available for no cost at

REd Asynchronous classes feature lessons and exercises designed to build competency and increase efficiency. Modules are accessible 24/7 and are all self-paced. All members of the University research community are invited to complete any online classes of interest.

Last Updated: 2/27/24