Core competencies for PhD candidates and postdocsDuring their training, PhD and postdoc candidates are expected to become independent researchers skilled in (financial) project management, policy/decision making and management. These types of transferable skills stand candidates in good stead not just for an academic career but also for the professional job market beyond the university setting.
Self-assessment toolCollectively the university medical centres designed a competence model as a self-assessment tool to help you further develop yourself, and to recognize acquired competences.
PhD Compentence Model: Link
Types of core compencies
- Research skills and knowledge
- Responsible conduct of science
- Personal effectiveness
- Professional development
- Leadership and management
- Radboud specific
Formulate clear research questions and hypotheses, design solid research protocols as well as demonstrate in-depth knowledge of ones field.
Demonstrate the ability to make sound ethical and legal choices based on knowledge of accepted professional research practices, relevant policies and guidelines.
Adapt personal qualities and behaviours to achieve improved results.
Improve professional skills to further career prospects
Equipped to manage and develop project ideas as well as facilitate effective team work including problem solving skills. Also able to mentor others (e.g. students).
Demonstrate interpersonal, written, verbal, listening and non-verbal communication skills to be able to effectively and appropriately communicate facts, ideas or opinions to others.
Define the learning outcomes for the target group as well as adequately and suitably convey the material in a motivational manner.
Like attending Radboud Round and other networking and/or informative events organized by Raboudumc or one of the research institutes.