Communication Skills

We recognize the need for this crucial skill and have developed several formal and informal communication training activities to enhance this competency. NYU postdocs are encouraged to attend all of our research writing, teaching and publishing workshops hosted by the Postdoctoral Program Office.

These include: 


  • The Grant Writing Course for Scientists Series – is designed to introduce every aspect of grant writing, from abstract to submission. It also helps in selecting funding mechanisms, writing individual grant sections and understanding administrative policies. This course is primarily taught by experienced NYU faculty members, Sponsored Programs and IRB representatives. Outside speakers from the NIH and other organizations are also asked to participate. This course is a full semester class that is offered twice per year.

  •  Academic Writing Bootcamp – this three-part workshop covers the fundamentals of good writing and focuses on helping postdocs improve their ability to write compelling papers, grants and abstracts.

  • Fundamentals of Teaching Course - this course is designed to help people become better teachers and to help them land full time teaching positions. The course used a mixed format of large group lectures and small group workshops to help you develop practical skills while you accumulate knowledge needed to be a great educator.  

  • The Business of Science For Scientists: Preparing for Leadership Positions in your Professional Career- Traditional graduate and post-graduate programs focus primarily on developing scientists technical identity by training scientists to think analytically, but often neglect to develop their business and social identities. Communications, performance management, team building are critical skills in order to be competitive outside academia. This program introduces the key competencies that are valued by hiring organizations for entry-level positions, the first 18 months of employment and essentials for career development.  Based on the SciPhD training program, this course focuses on 24 essential core competencies valued by industry, relates those competencies to activities and behaviors commonly experienced by academic scientists through the scientific method, and demonstrates how those competencies work together to form the operational competencies that are essential in business.  Click me for the latest syllabus.