Career development

Royal Society of Chemistry – Establishing an independent career in chemistry: 16th – 17th September

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Establishing an independent career in chemistry

Joliot-Curie Conference

16th-17th  September 2014

Royal Society of Edinburgh,

Edinburgh

 

Early-career researchers, postdoctoral researchers and final-year PhD students who aspire to establish an independent career in chemistry are welcome to attend this two-day conference, dedicated to addressing barriers to career progression in the chemical sciences.

 

To find out more and to view the programme, visit the Royal Society of Chemistry webpages.

Doctoral researchers – Get career inspiration for your post-PhD life! Free Vitae Google Hangout

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What do researchers do next?

26 June, 2pm UK Time, #PostAcStory

Join a live Q&A with doctoral graduates for Vitae’s FREE #PostAcStory Google Hangout on 26 June (Thursday) from 2pm UK Time! The moderator will be joined by researchers turned consultants as well as researchers working in and outside academia to discuss what it’s like to do their jobs, how they got there and how they decided what to do next after their PhD or Postdoctoral grant.

Respond to invitation here: http://bit.ly/1hyxEJk

Career opportunities for researchers cover a wide range of sectors including higher education, manufacturing, finance, business and IT, health, and public administration. Recent trends demonstrate that over half of researchers will go on to pursue a career outside academic research or teaching on completion of their doctorate. So how do you decide which career to embrace? How do you find out which career would suit your strengths, values and interests?

The panellists will help you answer the following:

  • How do you realise what strengths and talents you have?
  • What have other researchers done?
  • What kinds of career paths do researchers follow?
  • What is it like to stay in academia as research staff?
  • What is it like to do research in a different setting?
  • Which qualifications and experience are required for various careers?
  • Work-life balance in various post-PhD careers

To meet the panellists and read more about the event, please, go to: http://bit.ly/1x19AmG

JOIN the conversation on the 26 June.

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What is a Google Hangout?

Vitae Google+ Hangouts are live online video events of Q&A sessions with a group of expert panellists.

As the video is streaming live online you will be able to watch and gain real insights, top tips and also have an opportunity to get involved in the conversation, ask and answer questions on a discussion board or on Twitter.

 

Can anyone attend the Hangout?

Yes, whether you have a Google account or not, you will be able to watch our live hangout when it is streamed on 26 June!

However, only by joining our Google Plus event page or using #PostAcStory on Twitter, will you have the opportunity to guide the discussion and tailor advice with your own questions.

 

How can I ask questions?

The Google Hangout Q&A app will be used for the event which is the easiest and the most effective way to get your questions noticed. The questions will appear on the right side of the screen as the video is being streamed.

The App is now live – Simply click “Ask a new question” and it will be answered during the hangout.

Apply to be a Sussex Research Hive Scholar! Deadline for Applications: Sunday 8th June

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SAGE Research Hive Scholarships 2014-15

The Library and Doctoral School are now recruiting for next year’s Hive Scholar roles. There are three, ten-month Scholarships with an attached bursary of £3250, and the deadline for applications is Sunday 8th June 2014.

The Library’s Research Hive is a space dedicated for use by the research community at Sussex, open exclusively to doctoral researchers and academic staff. The Library, in partnership with the Doctoral School, is offering three SAGE Research Hive Scholarships to support the Research Hive and the needs of the research community at Sussex. Each scholarship attracts a fixed bursary of £3,250 for a ten-month duration: from September 2014 to the end of June 2015.

The scholarship holders will be required to contribute on average 25 hours per month for the duration of the scholarship period to provide support for the Research Hive. These hours will be flexible and dependent on any planned events. Some of this time will be spent on-site in the Hive at times to be agreed, but the Scholars will also be expected to spend time in Schools and Departments finding out about the needs of the research community at Sussex and actively promoting the Hive. The Scholars will need to work together effectively and flexibly as a self-managing team, including regular contact by email/other social media and monthly face-to-face meetings. The role will include some evening and weekend working, with emphasis on raising awareness of the Research Hive and the benefits it has to offer; generating ideas and arranging events to support the research community; and evaluating the facility.

These scholarships will provide an ideal opportunity for doctoral researchers to develop professional skills in a number of areas including: organising events; marketing; communication; project management.  The scholarship holders will be able to improve and expand their professional research networks, and to gain valuable insight and knowledge of issues affecting researchers at all stages of their careers. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about academic publishing and develop links with SAGE.

 Click here for more information.

FREE Vitae Hangout: How to start a business after your PhD – Thursday 20th March

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How to start a business after your PhD

Invitation to FREE Vitae Hangout

20 March, 2PM GMT

How to start a business after your PhD?

#vitae14

Join researchers turned successful entrepreneurs for our first #vitae14 Hangout on 20 March (Thursday) from 2PM GMT!

Katie Wheat (of #ECRchat) will be joined by entrepreneurs, founders and educators spanning high-tech to social enterprise to discuss how to take the first steps towards building your own business and being more enterprising in your research.

The research environment offers many opportunities for enterprising individuals. You might be contemplating how you can build a business from your research or using your researcher capabilities. Whatever stage you are at, our Google hangout will be a useful insight into an enterprising mindset.

Our panellists will help you answer the following:

•             What skills do I need to become an entrepreneur?

•             What are the biggest challenges faced by researchers who are starting a business?

•             What are the best ways for researchers to obtain start-up capital?

•             How should you go about protecting your intellectual property when starting a new venture?

•             How do you manage risks as an entrepreneur?

What is a Google Hangout?

Google+ Hangouts are live online video Q&A sessions with a group of expert panellists. As the video is streaming live you will be able to watch and gain real insights, top tips and also have an opportunity to get involved in the conversation, ask and answer questions on a discussion board or on Twitter.

Can anyone attend the Hangout?

Yes, whether you have a Google account or not, you will be able to watch our live hangout when we stream it on 20 March!

However, only by joining our Google Plus event page or using #vitae14 on Twitter, will you have the opportunity to guide the discussion and advice with your own questions.

JOIN the conversation on the 20th March

We’re looking forward to having you involved!

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1n2ce5F

SEPnet Graduate Network Summer School – June 2014

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GRADnet: The Graduate Network of SEPnet

INAUGURAL SUMMER SCHOOL

“MODELLING TODAY – LEADING TOMORROW”

9th – 12th June 2014

Hosted by the National Physical Laboratory

The SEPnet Graduate Network Summer School will provide you with an exciting opportunity to interact with employers from leading companies through interactive workshops, presentations and poster sessions. By the end of this summer school you will have expanded your modelling skills and have the ability to apply them more broadly. You will also develop your analytical, problem-solving skills, and your ability present persuasively to a diverse audience. These are skills that will help you succeed in your doctoral research and your viva, as well as in interviews and future employment. A social evening will include a BBQ and water rocket building at the Pavilion in the grounds of NPL.

The GRADnet Summer School is open to all Physics postgraduate research students across the nine partner institutions of SEPnet. A minimum of 8 places per institution are available but priority will be given to final year students in the event it is oversubscribed.

To register your interest and details click here

Registration deadline: 15th April 2014

Registration Fee: Training, travel and accommodation costs will be covered by SEPnet. A contribution to catering costs of £60.00 per delegate is required, but in most cases students will be able to recover this from their department’s training support grant.

Shared Accommodation at Travelodge in Teddington and Feltham in Middlesex.

Workshop Titles

The following workshop themes are planned. Students will need to select four at the time of registration:

  • Big Data
  • Process Modelling
  • Patterns & Security
  • Earth Observation
  • Bridging Length Scales
  • Multifunctional Models
  • The Nuclear Rebuild
  • Climate & Weather

Euraxess Researchers in Motion Roadshow at Queen Mary University of London tomorrow!

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Queen Mary University of London

Euraxess Researchers in Motion Roadshow: QMUL Stop
Supporting the Careers of Researchers in the UK and Europe

Wednesday 5th March 2014

10:00 – 17:15

Queen Mary University of London

If you’re based in or near London you may be interested in the Euraxess Researchers In Motion Roadshow event on Wednesday 5th March

Euraxess is a European Union funded initiative to help promote and support the international mobility of researchers. As part of this a Euraxess Bus will be on campus at Queen Mary University of London all day giving information and advice, promoting outward mobility of researchers and students.

People from the Biosciences Careers group will be giving out information as well as from the British Council Erasmus and Study Work Create teams. The focus for the bus is undergraduates and graduate students (as well as the odd passing researcher).

In the afternoon there will be a series of seminars and panel discussions around international research. The audience here is postdoc researchers and final year PhD students, from across London and beyond. Approximately 250 people are expected to attend.

Who can attend? 

Any student/researcher interested in international research opportunities could benefit from the bus. The panel discussion is aimed at PhD students and early-career researchers.

If you would like to participate or find out more, please visit the registration page: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/euraxess-network-supporting-the-careers-of…

Make it happen! Careers in Research – Monday 3rd March – Speakers Confirmed!

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Careers in Research

Monday 3rd March

18:00-20:00

The Creativity Zone (Room C7) Pevensey 3

Sign up!

Make it Happen!

A range of speakers, mainly Sussex alumni, will be visiting campus to offer you advice, information and encouragement.

Hear how they did it and how you can too!

After the presentations there will be a chance for some informal networking over a glass of wine.

Speakers have now been confirmed and include:


This event is part of “Make it happen!” – two weeks of events designed to prepare you for your next step… whatever that may be.

Sussex graduates can sign up for this session by emailing careersevents@sussex.ac.uk.