The reality of graduate and postdoctoral training today is very different from the environment into which many faculty, and even postdocs, entered when they began their academic careers. Many grad students and postdocs today know that they will not continue onto tenure-track positions.

We know that the changing realities of the biomedical workforce place faculty in a difficult position. Many mentors wish to support their trainees as they consider and explore their career options, but have limited time and tools to do so. We would like to understand the challenges, needs and concerns of UCSF faculty, and together with our faculty partners, we are building tools and resources to support them in their roles as mentors.

If you would like to help us in this endeavor, we invite you to contact us at MIND@ucsf.edu, or to contact any of the MIND Principal Investigators for the project.

Keith R. Yamamoto, Ph.D. is Vice Chancellor for Research at UCSF, Executive Vice Dean of the School of Medicine, and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology. He has been a member of faculty at UCSF since 1976. Photograph by Cindy Chew

Faculty FAQs

How much time will be spent outside of lab?

For the catalytic course phase, MIND occurs on Saturdays and participation should not interfere with any weekday laboratory activities. For the peer-team phase, participants will meet for 2 hours twice a month. Informational interviews should be performed on participants' own time.

Is MIND an "alternative careers" program? Are you encouraging my trainees to leave academia?

No. MIND is a career exploration program, and is career neutral. In fact, the majority of our participants are considering careers within and outside of academia simultaneously. We encourage participants to gather information and speak to professionals in all of their careers of interest. In fact, our MIND alumni include newly minted tenure-track faculty members!

Do I have to pay for my trainees to participate in this program?

From 2013-2018, MIND was funded by the NIH BEST program, and is offered to eligible graduate students and postdocs at no cost to our faculty. After the grant period, MIND will continued to be offered to students and postdocs at no additional cost to their faculty mentors.

Does this affect international scholars differently than other trainees?

International scholars (students and postdocs) are equally eligible for the MIND program.

Does participation in the MIND Program qualify as time spent on career development activities for my trainees, as dictated by the NIH?

Yes, the MIND program qualifies as allowable time spent on career development for NIH funded trainees.