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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: ba@hbinnovations.co.uk

NHS Scientist posts – open for applications and encouraging researchers to apply

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The NHS Healthcare Scientist Training Programme is a new and comprehensive work based training programme, introduced as part of the UK Modernising Scientific Careers programme. It replaces the Clinical Scientist entry programme and is the most direct way to work as a professional scientist in the NHS. Those with a PhD or research experience are encouraged to apply. Closing date for applications is 13th March 2011.

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Wet Wet Wet!

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Now there are two types of leak on a boat. There is the leak below the waterline where seawater enters the boat and there is the leak above the waterline where rainwater enters the boat. One might imagine that the former is the more serious but this is seldom the case unless it is a catastrophically large leak. Seawater leaks do no more than accumulate a little water in the bilge and generate some damp. They can be managed by occasional bilge pumping. Rainwater leaks however are the real enemy that transform life afloat from mild hardship to abject misery. Everything gets soaked. Books soak up water and expand like toilet rolls that have been accidentally dropped down the loo, computers, radios and televisions commit hari-kari in hours, bedding doubles in weight and mugs taken from the shelf are found to be already filled.

Eddie’s boat had both kinds of leak.

It was just about possible to find a position where one could sleep without being dripped on by moulding one’s body into the right shape and not moving all night. Even then you have to be prepared for the ‘stealth leak’. This is the leak that accumulates on a ledge or other interim surface and builds until its pregnant meniscus rises to the limits of captivity, the surface tension ruptures and a torrent of cold water descends onto the sleeper/computer/book below. A joy to experience.

I thought I could withstand this existence for three nights a week but the combination of discomfort, lack of sleep and too much driving meant that every time I returned to the boat my resilience was eroded. The damp was permeating my body and it felt as though I had entered an accelerated aging programme. The boat was turning me into Eddie.

It was clear that I would have to make alternative arrangements, but there was another problem – trouble was brewing in paradise.

International Student Short Story Competition

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Calling all international students, you have until June 21st to enter the inaugural International Student Short Story Competition! Students from anywhere in the world can enter, providing they are studying at a UK university, or have graduated within the past two years.  Entrants can write about any aspect of their experience of studying abroad, such as the challenges of adapting to life in a different climate and culture, the ups and downs of ‘international living’, culture clashes, coping with food/cuisine in a new country, homesickness, love (or the lack of it), social lives, job hunts and struggles to make ends meet.

Run by the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts and judged by award-winning writer Jackie Kay,  first prize is a whopping £1,000, second Prize is £500 and third Prize: £200 so pick your pens up, get tapping on the keyboard and give it a go.

Full submission guidelines are on the NCLA website.

A Dream Job?

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So, the telephone rings. It’s the Head of School of my old university. “Would I like to come back and take up a research position as the Technical Manager for the University’s new research vessel?” Would I? The dream job lands in my lap out of the blue. Read the rest of this entry »

New Research Student Blogger!

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Viccy Adams, a 3rd year Creative Writing PhD student at Newcastle, is our first ‘Blogger in Residence’. She’ll be contributing regular posts and updating you on the ups and downs of her PhD and everything else she is doing alongside it. Watch out for her posts and feel free to add your comments!

If you are a Researcher at Newcastle – staff or student – and like the idea of being a ‘Blogger in Residence’ and sharing your experiences of academic life and your career development, let me know – rachael.roberts@ncl.ac.uk .

HASS Researchers Needed!

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Researchers,  improve your transferable skills by helping to lead some or all of 2 days of career and personal development sessions for HASS postgraduate students.

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Your extensive experience in the academic world is invaluable when acting as a role model for those PhD and Masters students considering their options for the future.

Dates and Times

  1. Induction for Facilitators: Nominally 13:30 – 17:00 Monday 22nd February 2010 but if you can’t make this contact me and I’ll meet you individually. c.a.m.kennedy@NOSPAMncl.ac.uk
  2.  Briefing for Participants: 13:00 – 15:00 Tuesday 23rd February 2010
  3. NICER Knowledge: 09:30 – 17:30 Wednesday 17th March 2010 and Thursday 18th March 2010  Postgraduate Training Suite, 7th Floor, Daysh Building

 

Module Outline

World class research demands innovative thinking and creative problem-solving. However, as experienced academics you know that identifying a solution to a problem is only the beginning. Can you help the next generation of researchers become NICER?

For PhD students, ensuring that their idea is meaningful to the world around them and for their solution to have an impact, an enterprising outlook and an understanding of how to effect positive change can be invaluable. The NICER Knowledge Programme, designed to foster Networked, Innovative, Creative and Enterprising Researchers… would you like to….

  • Help students to develop innovative and creative ways of moving their PhD research project or Career forward?
  • Use your insight and passion for developing creative solutions to social, economic and cultural problems to guide these students?
  • Get a new perspective on your own research and teaching by working with multidisciplinary PhD student groups to develop your skills.
  • Make an impact on your own career by gaining valuable work experience away from your project.

The induction afternoon (1) will train you fully in the pedagogy and techniques we will be using in this intensive workshop to really help HASS PhD students to realise their potential both in the academic world and in their careers.  

The initial briefing session (2) will outline the components of the programme to the participants and you will help the students to prepare for the programme itself.

The two-day intensive programme (3) You will facilitate the development of teams of PhD students. You will enhance the value of their knowledge by helping the PhDs build on their existing skills, foster new networks and explore their career aspirations. Working with a multidisciplinary team, you will be tasked with helping them to find their own an answer to a real social, economic or cultural problem. As a facilitator of these intensive sessions you will take HASS PhD students through the key stages of developing a solution, whilst exploring their own personal and professional development.

Please contact me at c.a.m.kennedy@NOSPAMncl.ac.uk for further details