Texas Tech University

Core Competencies

Texas Tech University adopted set of Postdoctoral Core Competencies developed and adopted by the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). Visit NPA website for a complete Postdoctoral Core Competency Toolkit

Discipline-Specific Conceptual Knowledge

  • Analytical Approach to Defining Scientific Questions
  • Design of Scientifically Testable Hypotheses
  • Broad-Based Knowledge Acquisition
  • Interpretation and Analysis of Data

Professional/Research Skill Development

  • Literature Search Strategies and Effective Interpretation
  • Experimental Design
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Laboratory Techniques and Safety
  • Principles of the Peer Review Process

Communication Skills

  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Teaching
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Special Situations


  • Workplace
  • Institutional
  • Collegial
  • Universal

Leadership & Management Skills

  • Leadership-Strategic Vision
  • Leadership-Motivating and Inspiring Others
  • Management-Project Management
  • Management-Data and Resource Management
  • Management-Research Staff Management

Responsible Conduct of Research

  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Data Ownership and Sharing
  • Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
  • Identifying and Mitigating Research Misconduct
  • Research with Human Subjects (when applicable)
  • Research Involving Animals (when applicable)


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