Category: Early Careers – Page 2

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).

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.
https://jobs.newscientist.com/en-gb/article/5-things-intelligent-scientists-should-leave-off-their-industry-cvs/

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.

2016 early career researcher event

BioProNET early career research event 2016
September 6–7th Brighton Mercure Seafront Hotel

Many thanks to everyone who made this event a sucess!

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The programme for the 2016 event reflected feedback from delegates at last year’s highly successful meeting; delegates said they wanted more time to focus on CVs, cover letters, being interviewed (and interviewing) and preparation for job applications, as well as presentation skills. The facilitators and presenters at this year’s event had considerable experience of recruiting for bioprocessing- and indistrial biotechnology-related careers.

We were pleased to welcome Martin Popplewell and his team from Coconut Communications to this event to deliver the media training sessions. Martin has more than 25 years of experience working in journalism, including at the BBC, Sky News and ITN.

In the media training session, delegated worked in small groups (6 people) with a trainer in a practical session where they prepared for an interview, were interviewed and then received a personal review and critic of their performance.  They will have two interviews, allowing them to learn and improve, and they received receive a copy of their interviews and a booklet covering the theory of good media interviews.

Early Career Researcher event

BioProNET early career researcher meeting
September 15-16th 2015, Cripps Hall, University of Nottingham

This event (two half days) featured feature career-development workshops and activities, including Myers–Briggs-type personality profiling as well as sessions from individuals in academia, industry and outside the lab highlighting various career paths (including any wrong turns!) and opportunities. There was also be the chance to attend a mock interview or a CV clinics, and speak to a recruitment agency. And the winner of The Apprentice 2012 Ricky Martin shared his experiences with us prior to dinner.

Thank you to everyone who attended and gave feedback; the programme is listed below for reference.

We are in the very early stages of planning next year’s event, which we anticipate will have a more scientific focus, for example by giving delegates the opportunity to present their research. Please get in touch with us if you have suggestions or would like to be involved in the organisation.