Category: Early Careers

2018 Science Meeting prize winners

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Conratulations to the winners of the poster and short talk prizes at our 4th annual science meeting, who received their prizes from Karen Lewis of the BBSRC (far left).

The winners were Rochelle Aw, Imperial College London – 1st prize talk (pictured 2nd left); Eva Pekle, MedImmune & Univserity of Kent – 2nd prize talk (pictured middle); Tania Selas Castiñeiras, Cobra Biologics – 3rd talk prize; Hirra Hussain, University of Manchester – 1st prize poster, Natalie Talbot, University of Kent – 2nd prize poster (pictured 2nd right) and James Budge, University of Kent – 3rd poster prize (pictured far right).

Summer studentships

NEW CALL OPEN – summer studentships
We have four undergrad summer studenships available; these awards are funded at 80% FEC (that is, up to £2,000 from BioProNET) to cover consumables and stipend. These must run in summer 2018.

The closing date is midday on Friday 19th January.
Download the application form here.

Faculty position – University of Delaware

The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the
University of Delaware invites applications for a tenure-track open rank
Professor position.

REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D. or equivalent in chemical engineering or a related field.

DUTIES: The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering seeks faculty
candidates to develop and lead a vigorous and nationally recognized research
program; teach and advise students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels;
and participate in and contribute to the departmental and larger professional
community. While applications in all research areas will be considered, we particularly
seek applicants with expertise in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, bioinformatics,
and systems design and optimization, especially those that synergize with the new
manufacturing excellence centers, NIIMBL and RAPID.

APPLICATION: Please submit a curriculum vitae, a description of research and
teaching interests, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses
of at least 3 references at Applications will be considered
until the position is filled. The curriculum vitae and letters of recommendation will be
shared with department faculty.

The Bioprocessing Skills School

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The first Bioprocessing Skills School took place on September 11-15th, 2017 at the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre, Darlington

“Important for my career development, fantastic experience”
“Absolutely brilliant, positively challenging environment and inspirational speakers”
“Enlightening, insightful, friendly, open environment to develop oneself”
“Excellent experience learning about teamwork and bioprocessing”
“Great experience, motivating, great opportunity to nurture and build connections”

The course was a week-long, intensive residential training programme, designed around the insights of industrialists, were delegates participated in group-based activities and work with real-life industrial case studies. The programme is designed to engage with the process of entrepreneurship and focus on the development of the ability to promote research ideas.

It is anticipated that another BioProcessing Skills School will run in September 2018. More details will be posted when available.

ECR resources

Five things to leave of your industry CV
When it comes to writing an industry CV, less is more. The objective statement, job dutues and a publication list should all go.

Preparing future professionals by enhancing workforce readiness
Nature Biotechnology 34,111–113doi:10.1038/nbt.3459
A new course aims to help combat the absence of sufficient workforce preparedness for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Vitae website: Vitae is an organisation that works to meet society’s need for high-level skills and innovation. Vitae is dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through transforming their professional and career development.

The future of the postdoc
Intersting article from Nature News on the “post-doc pile-up”:
There is a growing number of postdocs and few places in academia for them to go. But change could be on the way. Click here for the full story.

Is the idea of the postdoc position obsolete in today’s scientific landscape?
Responses to the above question, asked by Science.

Emerging network of resources for exploring paths beyond academia
An article that looks at the expanding collection of resources is helping trainees acquire important knowledge about careers outside academia – it’s quite US-focused but the points reaised are widely applicable.