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 Have you noticed that the university is currently advertising two Teaching Fellow posts based within the Faculty of Medical Sciences? Many researchers are aspiring for a permanent academic post but recognise how competitive this route is. Others are particularly motivated by the opportunity to teach and this can be their main attraction to academic roles. For many, a Teaching Fellow role would be their ideal job with the emphasis being on teaching their subject and it may also offer that sought after permanent contract. There is often a research element to the role – sometimes subject based, sometimes focusing on pedagogy – so if you love research you don’t have to leave it behind!

To learn more about what these roles involve have a look at the job descriptions of the Teaching Fellow and Senior Teaching Fellow opportunities on the university job vacancies website.

Researchers in Residence

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Researchers in Residence: PhD or Postdoc wanted as research host for TV documentary

Researchers in Residence, a school placement scheme funded by Research Councils UK, is looking for a Newcastle-based researcher to run an engaging project about their area of interest in a local secondary school or FE college as part of a TV documentary to be featured in TeachersTV and new online science channel Newton TV.

 

The documentary will be an excellent profile raiser, maximise the impact of your research and boost your CV by developing teaching and communication skills  

Filming is likely to take place during one or two days in November by a Teachers TV film crew and will involved teacher and research interviews.

The project is likely to include practical demonstrations and a talk about your work across a range of Key Stage 3 and 4 year groups.  The classroom teacher will support participating researchers and communication training to help develop activities will be provided.

This opportunity is open to PhD and post doc researchers that are directly, or indirectly funded by one of the seven Research Councils or Wellcome Trust.

Interested researchers should apply by completing the online application form at www.researchersinresidence.ac.uk by October 10.

Experience useful for academic career progression – advice direct from academics

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What creative ways can researchers use to gain lectureship, mentoring and administrative experience? 

Representative from RCUK….

Roberts funding can be used for your development and career progression. Research Councils are encouraging universities to do this. Look at what your institution offers and talk to key people in support roles about the opportunities available to you.

 Chair of a Graduate School…. 

Persuade PI to let you out (use Concordat to persuade them that this is expected) but don’t take on too much. Also, be careful what you take on – make sure you are getting something out of it – think about the outcomes that can be demonstrated by what you do. Take advantage of demonstrating opportunities, outreach activities to the public (including organising it), run a facility (e.g. a sequencing facility) – running a large facility can be a career choice in itself – running a small one can be good experience!

Senior Lecturer….

Tutorials, small group teaching, revision classes, technique classes etc. Administration skills and willingness to get involved in this, wanted! Committees (faculty and department), mentoring (peer to peer, support groups for students) – basically anything that enhances someone else’s learning.

Advice on Academic CVs direct from the horse’s mouth

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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. 

Law Lecturer…

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.

Senior Lecturer…

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.