RCR for Postdoctoral Researchers

Questions about RCR for Postdoctoral Associates and Scholars can be addressed to Molly Starback molly.starback@duke.edu

Within the first year of arrival at Duke, Postdoctoral Associates and Postdoctoral Scholars are required to have training on conducting research responsibly. Some government agencies require RCR training for postdoctoral researchers that receive compensation on their grants. However, Duke University requires all postdoctoral researchers to participate in RCR training.

Postdoctoral Associates and Scholars can satisfy the requirement through participation in one of the two following programs combined with ongoing Graduate School Forums and informal mentor training.

1. Postdoctoral Services RCR Orientation
This full-day orientation program includes a series of advanced lectures and case study discussions on a selection of the following topics:

  1. Research Misconduct
  2. Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities
  3. Research Ethics
  4. Data Management
  5. Peer Review
  6. Authorship

2. Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine

The Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine provides an annual five-session course in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). This course is open to all postdoctoral researchers and recipients of NIH training grants and fulfills the requirement for RCR education. Each session includes a 45-minute lecture followed by an hour of faculty-facilitated, small-group case discussions. Session topics include:

  • Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Mentoring
  • Research Misconduct
  • Human Subjects in Research
  • Publication and Authorship
  • Intellectual Property and Conflict of Interest.  

The next Responsible Conduct of Research Short Course will take place Fall 2019. For more information and to register, visit https://trentcenter.duke.edu/education/researchers or email trent-center@duke.edu. Attendance at all sessions is required for credit.

PLEASE NOTE:  Duke requires that all Postdoctoral Associates and Postdoctoral Scholars receive training in the Responsible Conduct of Research.

  • If you have already attended an all-day Postdoctoral RCR Orientation at the Searle Center, you do not need to attend this course.
  • If you have NOT attended an all-day Postdoctoral RCR Orientation, taking the Trent Center course will satisfy your RCR Training Requirement, and you will not need to attend the next all-day Postdoc RCR Orientation, to be held September 12, 2019. If you have not attended an all-day RCR Orientation, you will be receiving information on how to register for the Postdoc RCR Orientation.

Questions? Email Molly Starback, Director of Duke Postdoctoral Services, at molly.starback@duke.edu.

Ongoing Training

Each year, Postdoctoral Associates and Scholars are required to attend one of the RCR Forums offered by the Graduate School. The Graduate School notifies the Office of Postdoctoral Services when Forums have been attended.

Additional Training

Postdoctoral Associates and Scholars whose research involve human subjects, vertebrate animals or certain types of hazardous substances or equipment will be required to complete further ethical and safety training. Postdocs should consult with their PI to find out what training is required.

Duke Animal Care and Use Program: https://sites.duke.edu/oawa/training/

Duke Health Institutional Review Board: https://irb.duhs.duke.edu/training-and-education

Campus Research with Human Subjects: https://campusirb.duke.edu/irb-policies/required-training

Duke Occupational and Environmental Safety Office: https://www.safety.duke.edu/

Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Postdocs may be required to develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) during their tenure at Duke. The Postdoc Services Web site describes an IDP and provides resources to help postdocs develop and maintain the plan. https://postdoc.duke.edu/resources/idp