Postdoctoral Scholars are required to comply with all established policies and procedures of the research group, Department, and University. These include, but are not limited to:
Applicable to postdoctoral scholars who are using university facilities in the conduct of their research.
It is the policy of Tufts University that all notebooks, research data, and reagents generated in Tufts University research groups are the property of the University. These materials must remain with the research advisor at the termination of the postdoctoral position.
Intellectual property rights are governed by the Tufts University Policy on Rights and Responsibilities with regard to Intellectual Property.
The Advisor is normally the frontline source of information and the one who typically sets standards for the conduct of efficient, ethical and productive research. Therefore, communication between a Postdoctoral Scholar and his/her Advisor is of utmost importance and should be regarded as both an opportunity and a responsibility. A Postdoctoral Scholar should meet regularly with his/her Advisor according to a mutually convenient schedule. These meetings should be used to apprise the Advisor of the research results, for the development and troubleshooting of approaches, to provide direction and focus to the research, to air concerns and conflicts, and to express mutual expectations.
One goal of Postdoctoral research is the dissemination of knowledge to the professional community. It is expected that the Postdoctoral Scholar’s research will be of publishable quality, and be published in a journal or book appropriate to the field in a timely manner. A Postdoctoral Scholar is responsible for writing his/her manuscripts, with guidance from the Advisor. The Scholar should participate in writing grant applications and reports that pertain to the research. If a Postdoctoral Scholar working in a laboratory based research group fails to write up his/her results in a timely fashion, the Advisor may choose to do so, since publications are critical for continued funding.
As part of the training experience, Postdoctoral Scholars are expected to participate in all formal and informal academic endeavors of the Advisor’s research group and/or the Department. These activities include, but are not limited to:
Postdoctoral Scholars may be encouraged to audit specific graduate courses to make up for gaps in knowledge or to expand expertise. Finally, Postdoctoral Scholars in laboratory-based research groups should be involved in training/mentoring junior members of the laboratory – graduate and undergraduate students and technicians – all under the guidance of the research Advisor.
Postdoctoral Scholars supported by NIH training grants or fellowships or NSF fellowships are required to complete training in Responsible Conduct of Research. To assist scholars in meeting this requirement, the Office of the Vice Provost offers this training annually. Postdoctoral Scholars who are supported by agencies requiring this training are responsible for completing the course during their first year. In recognition of the importance of research ethics, all Postdoctoral Scholars are encouraged to explore this training opportunity.