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May 30, 2019 - May 31, 2019


WHERE: Rodbell Auditorium, NIEHS campus
WHEN:  May 30, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm & May 31, 9 am to 4 pm



Management of people and resources is a key component to being successful as you move forward in your career. The OITE has developed an intense course to give advanced postdocs and fellows an overview of common management concepts that are not often taught in a lab environment. The topics covered will be applicable to all sectors (academics, industry, non-profits, government, etc.). The workshop will include group activities and hands-on experiences related to working successfully in research team environments. Pre-work: All participants should complete an online MBTI Assessment through the OITE. The OITE staff will provide you with a link to complete the MBTI before the workshop. NOTE– for this session at NIEHS workplace dynamics is NOT required.

This course requires a commitment of two full days. Directions for applying to the course are below.

Course Schedule:
Unit 1: Managing you

Learning concepts: This session will encourage participants to assess how they interact with people, the environment, and projects to effectively manage workflows.

Unit 2: Managing staffing
Learning concepts: This session will explore staffing your unit and how diversity enhances the workplace.

Unit 3: Managing Interpersonal Interactions
Learning concepts: Effectively managing your interactions with others will help you build stronger relationships in the workplace and prevent the conflict that can undermine them.

Unit 4: Managing the team
Learning concepts: Motivating a staff means knowing how to communicate project goals and expectations. This session will define strategies to motivate staff and what to do when setbacks occur.

Course Applications
Please apply for the course at:

Candidate selection will favor those fellows leaving their institutions within a year and those who exhibit an enthusiasm for becoming a better manager. We recommend that you spend time on your applications to answer the questions completely and to also double check the quality of your answers.

Candidates will be notified about course acceptance by May 20.

Applications will include collecting the information through this link only:
-Name and Affiliation
-Your intended next job (assistant professor, R&D scientist, non-profit program manager, etc) and when you are expecting to leave your current position.
-A 100-word statement of why you are interested in the course.
-A 100-word description of an article you have read or workshop you attended that covered a management topic. Why was it (or was it not) interesting?

The course is taught by Dr. Lori Conlan of the NIH’s Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE). Dr. Conlan directs the postdoc office for the intramural research program of the NIH. She designs programs and curricula to enhance the training experience of the ~4000 postdocs at the NIH. Dr. Conlan seeks to provide appropriate training to all postdocs regardless of career path. She regularly gives seminars and workshops at the NIH and around the country on topics such as building a CV and resume, job searching and exploration, interviewing, and transitioning to a new job. Dr. Conlan leads a multitude of leadership workshops such as this one, including those featuring the MBTI and conflict management tools to improve workplace dynamics. She enjoys mentoring fellows to prepare the next generation of scientific leaders.



May 30, 2019
May 31, 2019