Scientist Training Programme replaces Clinical Scientist Training Scheme

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From 2011, the new graduate entry Scientist Training Programme (STP) will replace the Clinical Scientist Training Scheme (that was co-ordinated by Northgate Arinso Ltd).

Recruitment into the healthcare scientist training posts in England will start in January 2011 for the September 2011 intake. We do not yet know when the closing date will be. NHS trusts, working in partnership with strategic health authorities and higher education institutions, will offer approximately 200 training posts in life sciences, physics and engineering and physiological sciences to start in September 2011. Successful candidates will join a three-year, fixed term, integrated training programme of workplace-based learning and a master’s degree in their chosen specialism.

There will be a single national timetable for recruitment, national guidelines for the conduct of selection interviews, and assessment centres to ensure all candidates are treated fairly and equally. Science graduates can apply for the training posts through the NHS Jobs website, with shortlisting and selection processes organised and conducted by local trusts working in established scientific networks.

Details of all training posts will be available on the NHS Jobs website Further details of the scheme and a list of all the posts will be found on the NHS Careers website Details will be on both websites in mid-January 2011. I just had a look and the details haven’t been added yet but if you’re thinking of applying for this you might want to start keeping a regular check.


Online aptitude test – try it for fun or practice for the real thing

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We’re just about to enter the new year of graduate recruitment. Employers will be looking for their next intake of recruits and a significant number of these will be PhD students looking for their first career move or early career researchers looking for a new path outside academia.

When you start looking for jobs, it is obvious that you need to review, update and tailor your CV and start to think about how to put yourself across at interview. But how many people consider the need to practice aptitude tests? Read the rest of this entry »

More than 70% of employers would welcome more applications from doctoral researchers

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Employers are keen to recruit researchers both for their technical skills and for their ‘first class brains’, according to responses to a new study into the experiences and attitudes of employers towards doctoral graduates.

Vitae, an organisation championing personal, professional and career development of researchers, surveyed over 100 employers who represent a diverse mix of sectors, organisation size and orientation towards doctoral graduates. It found that three quarters of the respondents have some interest in recruiting doctoral graduates and would welcome more applications from them. 

Four groups of employers emerged from the analysis of responses. The groups describe  organisations’ orientation to doctoral graduates from those who actively target doctoral graduates to those with no current engagement with this group.

 ‘Over one-third of the employers surveyed are already actively targeting doctoral graduates and their approaches will be interesting for other employers who want to increase their recruitment of doctoral researchers,‘ said Dr Janet Metcalfe, Chair and Head of Vitae.

Employers who are recruiting doctoral graduates typically have a specific recruitment process as well as offering placement, internship schemes and enhanced salary. These employers are also more likely to develop closer links with universities.

Employers ranked doctoral graduates’ competence highest in data analysis and problem solving. Next came their drive and motivation, project management and interpersonal skills.  Leadership and commercial awareness were ranked lowest relative to the others.

A seminar later in the year will show case employer practice in recruiting doctoral researchers.

Read the full report here