Responsibilities of Mentors
The National Academy of Sciences defines a postdoc as "An individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path" (The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited, 2014).
Postdocs are above all trainees, not only employees. The National Institutes of Health have formally clarified that postdocs are expected to engage in activities that enhance their career and professional development. By agreeing to be a mentor, you made the commitment to the advancement of the career of your trainee. This involves working together with the trainee to outline his/her career objectives, and helping them develop new and enhance existing skills to achieve their goals. There are multiple resources on mentoring best practices available.
- Association of American Medical Colleges Compact Between Postdoctoral Appointees and Their Mentors
- National Postdoctoral Association Mentoring Resources
- Mentoring Plans
- Hiring Postdocs