The 2021 Academic Lab Management & Leadership Symposium


Tue - Tue, Feb 23 to Mar 2, 10:00am - 1:30pm


Virtual Event - See Agenda or Register for Details

The course is organized by postdoc career development administrators from The Torrey Pines Training Consortium (TPTC), which members include Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP), Scripps Research and UC San Diego.

The course is designed to equip postdocs and junior faculty in the biomedical, physical and life sciences with the professional competencies to lead innovative and productive research programs. However, graduate students and research staff may also find this training informative and may attend. Additionally, the symposium will be held virtually this year and we invite postdocs and graduate students from any institution to to register at:

Registration Fee:

  • Regular Registration (Feb 1 or later) = $100

Registrations will be accepted through the start of the final session on Thursday, March 4 at 12 noon PT. No discounts will be given for registrations submitted after the start of the program or for individuals who are not able to attend any of the live sessions. Slides and handout will be sent to all registrants at the conclusion of the entire event from the presenters who consent to making their materials available. Sessions will not be recorded.


February 23 & 25 | March 2 & 4 

Each event day is scheduled for 10:00am-1:30pm (PT)

This virtual symposium will feature faculty from various institutions:

February 23, 2021

Developing Your Leadership Vision

Managing Communication & Conflict

February 25, 2021

Conducting Your Job Search

Negotiating Your Academic Job Offer

March 2, 2021

Recruiting & Staffing Your Lab

Diversity/Inclusion in Higher Education

Building an Effective Team

March 4, 2021

Sustaining Your Lab

  • Brandon Cox | Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

  • Paul Thomas | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Navigating Tenure