Coming up: Towards Research Independence by @RiAus on #ECRchat, 30 Oct 2014

ECR Network Live-Streamed Event: Towards Research Independence

Thursday 30 Oct, 6:00pm ACDT, Adelaide (convert your timezone)

Take the next step from being known as a great team member and start being known as an exciting new PI. How do you actually build your lab group and manage a larger research project? Find out when to know the right time to take that next step in your career and maintain that progress. Speakers Dr Paul Jackson (University of Adelaide) and Prof Pam Sykes (Flinders University) share their insights.

As with all 2014 ECR Network events, this event will also be livestreamed and will be discussed on twitter using #ECRChat.

http://riaus.org.au/events/research-independence-2014

ECR Network events are held at the Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide, and are supported by University of South Australia, University of Adelaide and Flinders University.

Recap: #ECRchat on How to Develop a Career Exit Strategy

As host of a recent live Twitter chat via #ECRchat on “How to Develop a Career Exit Strategy”, I challenged early-career researchers to think about the question, “What you would do if your research position would unexpectedly end in a few months?” In order to avoid panicking and taking the first position that comes your way, an exit career strategy can be deployed while refocusing efforts on your ultimate career goals.

A career exit strategy is defined as short-term career plan (one to two years) to maintain one’s professional life during a transition period. Most of the chat participants were interested in developing an exit strategy because their temporary research position was ending soon or their career goals were focused on academia where the number of open positions is limited.

We discussed a wide range of exit strategy options, including adjunct teaching, writing and consulting gigs. We further brainstormed on activities (e.g., taking online courses and volunteering) that could be done during transition periods to build skills and maintain a professional presence. Financial responsibility in keeping some savings tucked away as a buffer was also emphasized.

In the end, the take-home message was to always be prepared for a career transition, stay focused and keep moving forward. A summary of the Twitter chat can found in the Storify “How to Develop a Career Exit Strategy”. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@science_mentor) or contact me if you are interested in further chatting about this topic.

Recap: @RiAus ECR Network Events on #ECRchat

These events are brought to you by RiAus (@RiAus) an Adelaide-based series of ECR-specific events, covering professional development and career topics specifically for early career researchers.

The first set of videos are from the ECR Network’s Grant Writing Workshop and are well worth a watch for all budding granting writing stars!

ECR Network Grant Writing Workshop Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG6RwGAvvbQ

ECR Network Grant Writing Workshop Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6UopHi2Y8k

ECR Network Grant Writing Workshop Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5p22rDRMY0

The final video comes from the ECR Network event on Understanding The Political Framework For Research

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9Y65of81OI

You can find out more about these and other ECR Network events on their webpage, including how to attend the events in person (if you are lucky enough to be within travelling distance of Adelaide).

The next ECR Network event will be held on 30th October on research independence. Tickets are still available, or catch the live stream on Twitter at #ECRchat

Coming up: Postdoctoral fellowships and funding

The next live #ECRchat is Thursday 16th October at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (BST), which is 21:00-22:00 in Europe (CEST) and 15:00-16:00 in New York (EDT). This chat will be hosted by Charlotte Mathieson (@cemathieson)

This week’s chat will be on the topic of postdoctoral fellowships and funding schemes. It’s approaching the time of year when many will be getting postdoc applications underway – often in the knowledge that such schemes are fiercely competitive. In this chat we can discuss the various schemes available, what happens in the application process and how to strengthen your application, dealing with the high rejection rate and building on feedback, and any other  issues you’d like to raise or questions you may have.

Host biography

Charlotte Mathieson (@cemathieson) is a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study. She researches and teaches Victorian literature and culture, having completed her PhD in Warwick’s Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies in 2011. In her position at the IAS she is responsible for projects supporting early career researchers in their career development, as well as public engagement activities. Charlotte blogs about her research on her website, and more about her work at the IAS can be found here.

Coming Up: Transferable Skills for ECRs

The next live #ECRchat is Thursday 2 October at 11:00-12:00 in the UK (BST), 12:00-13:00 in Europe (CEST), 20:00 in Sydney (AEST). This chat will be hosted by Kerstin Fritsches (@postdoctraining)

You hear it a lot: “researchers need to develop transferrable skills” – but what exactly are transferrable skills and which ones do you need for careers within academia and outside? How do you go about developing these skills and demonstrate to prospective employers that you have them?

Join us for the live #ECR chat on Thursday 2nd October to find out and share your thoughts on the subject.

Host Biography

This #ECRchat will be hosted by Kerstin Fritsches. After a 12-year research career in neuroscience, Kerstin now runs PostdocTraining, an independent organisation specialising in career development training and mentoring for early career researchers around the world. Kerstin blogs on her company’s website www.postdoctraining.com and can be also be found on Twitter @PostdocTraining and on LinkedIn.