Solvers Enterprise Workshop with Electrokinetic 5 March 2012 – places available!

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Interested in developing your enterprise and entrepreneurial skills? Have you thought about commercialising your research or starting a business? This Solvers half day workshop will give you the opportunity to build your skills and knowledge, working on the real life scenario of Electrokinetic, an extremely innovative business, which will be outlined by company director David Huntley. Come and work in teams to explore how you would respond to the challenges and opportunities of setting up and developing a business. The session will be facilitated by Jane Nolan MBE Entrepreneur in Residence with Newcastle University Careers Service. Monday 5th March, Research Beehive, Room 2.21 1pm to 5pm. Booking: 


Job Vacancy – Research Team Member, HB Innovations

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Post-Doc/PhD – Research Team Member

HB Innovations – Newcastle upon Tyne

HB Innovations are looking for a highly motivated Post-Doc or PhD graduate to become part of our research and development team, based within the Medical School at Newcastle University. The successful candidate will be expected to become involved in all aspects of our small but very successful company and fulfil research, development and product validation objectives.

Closing Date: 16/03/2012

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Person Requirements: We are looking for a dynamic team player with a chemistry/biochemistry (or similar) background, and a keen interest in clinical diagnostic applications.

Degree Discipline: Chemistry, Biochemistry.

How to Apply: Applications (including your current CV) should be e-mailed to:

ACTION 2012: Social Renewal

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Following the success of ACTION 2011: Sustainability, through which Newcastle University’s researchers addressed challenges of sustainability both now and in the future by developing commercial solutions to provide an impact, the ACTION Team are launching ACTION 2012: Social Renewal.

The ACTION 2012: Social Renewal programme provides a basis for research staff and postgraduate researchers to come together, outside of their existing research, to explore a societal challenge. Small teams work together, on a project that will engage them with the concepts of enterprise and research impact to address an issue under the social renewal theme – How can people, communities and societies thrive in a world of rapid and complex change? It encourages you to get away from your desk, collaborate and think like an entrepreneur so that you develop a commercial approach to your research. The winning team will be awarded £2,000 per member to be spent on their entrepreneurial development, or the commercial development of their idea.

If you are interested in attending the launch to find out more, please join us for lunch.

Launch event: Tuesday 21 February 2012, 12-2pm, HaSS Postgraduate Training Suite, 7th floor, Daysh Building

To register, please complete the booking form


For further information please visit the website

You can contact the ACTION 2012 team via

This project supports the University’s 2012 societal challenge theme of Social Renewal and benefits from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funding for training in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

For Women in Science – £15,000 Fellowships for female post docs

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L’Oréal-UNESCO’s For Women in Science is an international programme which recognises the achievements and contributions of exceptional females across the globe, by awarding promising scientists with Fellowships to help further their research.

Each year, the International Programme recognises the achievements of exceptional female scientists and awards them with fellowships to help further their research.

In 2012, four awards of £15,000 each, will be offered to outstanding female post doctoral researchers in the UK & Ireland.

Adjudicated by a panel of eminent scientists, the fellowships can be used in any number of ways to enable women scientists to further their careers and facilitate world class research.

 In total, since 1998, more than 1200 women in 103 countries have been recognised for their research and received funding to further their studies. Further details and how to apply.

Four year Postdoctoral Fellowships – LRI

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The London Research Institute has an international reputation for innovative research into the basic biology of cancer and is committed to training the next generation of research scientists.

The four year LRI Postdoc Programme is part of this commitment – roughly 80% of our postdocs stay in science when they leave the LRI, and nearly a third leave to set up their own research groups. Our postdocs also benefit from living and working in one of the world’s greatest scientific, cultural and cosmopolitan capitals.

LRI postdoctoral fellowships are tenable for four years with starting salaries from £28,500 – £33,039 plus an additional location allowance of £2,470 (Clare Hall Labs) or £3,750 (Lincoln’s Inn Fields Labs) and pension benefits.

Our Research Group Leaders welcome enquiries and applications from motivated and outstanding prospective postdocs committed to a scientific career. Find out more about being a postdoc at the LRI .

Researching a potential employer

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It is really useful to know as much as you can about an organisation that you plan to apply to. Finding out more about what they do and how they are being reported in the news has been made a bit easier by a range of profiles called ‘Employer Insights’ available on the TARGETJobs website. There are currently over 50 profiles with plans to extend this to 100 by the end of September. The profiles currently focus on large employers so for those of you considering applying to these types of organisations, you could find some valuable information here.

Knowing information that help you to understand more about issues including how a company is developing and what its future plans are, who are their competitors, what the press are reporting about it and perhaps most important of all, being able to be specific when asked, ‘why do you want to work for us?’, are key to successful interviews and effective networking.

Each Employer Insight contains information about what the jobs are like, company culture, core competences, selection procedures and current news and TARGETjobs say they will be regularly updated.

Have a look and let us know what you think!

Research Fellowships to Japan

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Every year the Canon Foundation in Europe grants up to 15 Fellowships to highly qualified European and Japanese researchers.
The candidates hold a doctorate or at least a Master’s degree and are eligible during the ten-year period following the successful completion of their PhD or MA. The European Fellowship holders pursue a period of research in Japan whereas the Japanese Fellows do their research at host institutions in Europe. The Fellowships are awarded for periods of three months to one year and are awarded to all disciplines.

Canon Fellows from Europe are free to choose their host institutes and hosts in Japan. The same freedom is given to Japanese Canon Fellows coming to Europe. Canon Foundation Research Fellowships may be applied for when an agreement on co-operation and on a research plan has been reached between the guest researcher and the proposed host institution.

The annual deadline for applications is September 15 2011 

The financial support for Research Fellows ranges from 22,500 Euros to 27,500 Euros per year and pro-rata for different periods. The Canon Foundation gives priority to those who plan to travel to Europe or Japan rather than prolong a current stay.

More information and application details