Did you know that Research Staff applying for funding can access a library of previously successful grant applications?
Researchers from across the university will have given permission for copies of their successful applications to be made available to you. This could provide you with some insight into what is achieving funding in your field and how you can tweak an application to give you a better chance of success.
More information is available from your faculty based Research Funding Development Manager.
One of my colleagues recently attended a session delivered by Neil McGuire from Ernst & Young (EY). The feedback might give you some insight into that elusive skill, ‘commercial awareness’. Although he uses EY examples to demonstrate his points, his advice is relevant whatever sector you might be considering – including academia!
A great opportunity to extend your science experience to the community….
Are you an enthusiastic young researcher working at the cutting edge of science, technology or engineering? Can you discuss the social and ethical implications of your research at Newcastle University and how it will make a difference to local communities? If the answer to these questions is yes, take part in ‘Your View’ poster competition on Saturday March 20th. Newcastle University, in association with Beacon North East and Newcastle Sciencefest, is planning a University open day as part of National Science and Engineering week 2010. The aim of the open day will be to allow members of the local communities to access areas of the University otherwise closed to them, and allow them to meet members of the University’s research community.
For more information please see the following web page: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/beacon/news-events/news/item/your-view-poster-competition
So these days having a succesfull career in academia is all about publishing papers????
Wrong!!!! actually some of the most succesful academics in this University have their fingers in the business pie too…. for some real life inspiration and clues as to how you can make this kind of success your own come to
THE LITTLE AND LARGE OF ENTERPRISE
For research staff and academic staff in the Bioscience areas
Please book your place on this event via: http://researchstaff.ncl.ac.uk/rss//book?instance_id=1414
Title: Working with business: the ‘little’ and ‘large’ of enterprise
Date: 29 Jan 2010
Venue: Medical School Boardroom and Foyer
Time: Event 10:00 – 12:00; lunch 12:00 – 13:00
Objective: The objective of this event is to raise awareness amongst research staff and academic communities within the Bioscience area to the commercial potential of their research. This will be achieved by a ‘shop-window’ approach showcasing examples of the types of commercial engagement that have been of benefit to some of our researchers ranging from small but profitable entrepreneurial ‘sidelines’ of research to making your career out of Bio Business.
- Social and economic benefits of commercialising research
- Running a business alongside research
- Patenting and licensing
- Commercialising research reagents
- What’s it like working in a spin-out?
- How to work with industry in your lab: commercial contracts in research
- Consultancy opportunities
Confirmed speakers include:
Michael Whitaker, Dean of Development
Mark Birch-Machin, Prof of Molecular Dermatology (ICaMB) and Founder of Genesis Genomics UK
Melanie Hardman (Cancer Research Technologies)
Deepan Shah (Orla Protein Technologies)
Linda Taylor, Research Translator & Funding Development Manager
What are the essential elements of a good academic CV and what can PhDs and postdocs do to make themselves more employable in the long term?
Chair of a Graduate School….
75% of it is about good publications in prestigious journals – aim to be 1st author in early stage of career. Also use good references – someone who knows you – at least PI level, perhaps Head of Department.
Training – provide evidence and examples of your expertise level.
Move around – contributes to your research knowledge. Shows you are prepared to go outside your comfort zone.
Research not expected at postdoc level for Law Lecturer. Where a PhD is from is important, as are references. Look for a good publication record – 1 or 2 in good publications from PhD. Spelling / attention to detail are important. Use existing academic CVs on university websites to see what works and what doesn’t. Get teaching experience in a related area.
Move around – large law departments are often multi-cultural / multi-lingual.
Representative from RCUK…
Spelling and presentation. Make sure you follow any instructions and guidelines.
Obvious generic applications go in the bin. If you do go abroad, go to a well recognised lab / PI where you will have a good learning experience. Time spent abroad in a mediocre lab is not that useful.