Research Staff

Being a postdoc at Newcastle: I wish I’d known about…

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Today saw the first Career Lunch Bites workshop for postdoc researchers, where the group explored issues around networking. Usually, this session focuses on how to persuade a professor to collaborate with you in the future. Interestingly, today’s group was particularly interested in how to get to know their postdoc colleagues here at the university. The $64,000 question is: how?! Read the rest of this entry »


Guest lecture with Chief Government Scientist Professor Sir Mark Walport

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We often meet scientific/STEM researchers who are interesting in working in careers outside the lab (in fact, it happens so often, we’re starting to wonder exactly what you all get up to in your labs that makes you want to change!). One common career of interest is working in scientific policy, but from the outside this can seem like a really difficult area to get into, and it’s quite hard to make contacts.

We’re very lucky to be hosting a rare event with Chief Government Scientist, Professor Sir Mark Walport, who is giving a guest lecture aimed specifically at PhDs and postdocs. Read the rest of this entry »

Things I wish I’d known before beginning my first fellowship application

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research-studies_000I am in the final year of my PhD and have just submitted my first application for post-doctoral fellowship funding. Why did I apply for a fellowship? Well, I have developed a desire to answer some rather specific research questions. As far as I know, there are no principal investigators out there looking to hire someone to do the work I want to do. So, to continue to work on the questions that I feel driven to answer, I must forge my own path. Read the rest of this entry »

Fulcrum Arts and Research – call for researchers to collaborate in art project

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Fulcrum Arts and Research –a new North East based organisation – are looking for researchers to work with them collaboratively to develop and deliver art events which communicate scientific ideas, and potentially generate research data – see below!

Fulcrum Arts and Research is a new North East based organisation delivering high quality, useful and entertaining participatory arts events which communicate scientific ideas and generate new research data. We create playful, intelligent opportunities for members of the public to participate in, and gain a deeper understanding of, current scientific practice and debate. Working with practitioners from a wildly various range of disciplines we collaborate to create performances, exhibitions, films, zines, conferences and workshops; introducing new audiences to research and generating understanding, debate, participation and fun….

Call out: Researchers interested in public engagement through the arts.

Time commitment: initially attendance at one 2 to 3 hour meeting / workshop with the company. By May 2013 we hope to have found 2 to 4 researchers who will collaborate with the company regularly / for a least one substantial project.

Research topics: Any science based topics, but the company is particularly interested in collaborating with researchers who are working on / have expertise in: ageing, ASD’s / developmental / learning disabilities, wellbeing, neurobiology, social change through enterprise, women and STEM

For more info please contact:

So you want to be in… medical communications?

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VitaeNow I’m sure that you’re all familiar with Vitae, which “[champions] the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes”. We’ve got a link to their website on our resources page, because they have loads of information about issues affecting researchers, alongside resources such as sample CVs, and advice and tips.

They also hold regular events that are open to researchers around the country, so they’re good opportunities to meet and share experiences. One interesting looking upcoming event is about careers in medical communications, at Manchester University (details below). I have to admit I don’t check the website as often as I should, but I have become a big fan of RSS feeds of late, so found out about it that way instead (RSS feeds are a bit of a lifesaver for a busy person!).

Anyway, looks like a great event – well worth a look for those of you interested in communicating more about medicine.

HASS Faculty Research Fund for Early Career Researchers

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The next round of the FRF for early career researchers has opened. The fund is targeted at supporting specific research activities which are designed to enable early career researchers to undertake significant development of their research profile.  The deadline dates are as follows:

  • Applicant to submit their application form electronically to their  Director of Research  by 17:00 on Wednesday 7th November 2012
  • Directors of Research to submit completed forms and ranking electronically (max 3 per School) to by 17:00 on Wednesday 14th November 2012
  • (Forms submitted after this deadline will without exception not be entered into the competition)
  • Applications will be considered by a sub-group of FRSG in November and then at the FRSG meeting on Wednesday 28th November 2012
  • The results will be communicated within two weeks of this meeting, by Wednesday 12th December 2012

Details are also on the Faculty’s internal research website at:

Please contact if you have any queries