Top tips on writing your early career fellowship application
11am-12.15pm (BST), 1st September 2020
Dr Candace Hassall, Head of Research Affairs, Wellcome Trust
Candy Hassall provides expert support to prospective applicants, Wellcome Trust-funded researchers and, importantly, the members of their teams. She is also working with others on the #ReimagineResearch initiative that aims to identify ways to improve research culture: for example, by redefining excellence so that it’s not just about what researchers produce, but also how they do it. She held a British Heart Foundation Basic Science Lectureship at University College London before joining Wellcome in 1996.
In this session Candy will discuss valuable tips on applying for a research fellowship, including what reviewers look for and what to expect in an interview. There? will also be opportunity to ask any questions on the application process in general.
Career Paths in Industry – Both Inside and Outside the Lab
1.00pm-2.15pm, 1st October 2020
Next Phase and OXGENE
If you are looking to move from academia into industry, it can be hard to know where to start and what career options are available. Next Phase is a life science recruitment agency, based in South East UK. They specialise in placing people in Pharmaceutical, Biotech and ATMP organisations across the UK, Europe and USA. Next Phase have helped many people to find the scientific career that is right for them, whether their ambitions are inside or outside the lab. They presented insights into different possible career paths, backed with real-life examples of people who have moved away (even if just temporarily) from academia.
Transitioning to independence: A UK and US perspective
3:00pm (GMT), Monday 1st February 2021
Dr Lynda Coughlan, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Center for Vaccine Development & Global Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA.
The idea of research independence can be daunting, and can often seem unattainable. In this session, Dr Coughlan discussed valuable tips on transitioning towards academic independence. Drawing from her extensive international research experience, Dr Coughlan shared various approaches and examples of ways to positively drive your research career towards independence.
Careers in medical writing and publishing
11:00am (GMT), Monday 1st March 2021
Dr Sarah Mancini, Associate Medical Writer, McCann Health Medical Communications
Dr Eve Rogers, Associate Editor at Communications Biology, a Nature Research journal
Dr Sarah Mancini is a Medical Writer at McCann Health Medical Communications. Sarah initially completed a MSci in Biochemistry and PhD in Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Glasgow with a Diabetes UK studentship. Since graduating in 2014, Sarah pursued two post-doctoral posts before leaving the University of Glasgow to join McCann Health. Sarah will give a talk entitled ‘Careers in Medical Communications’ and give an important perspective on using your PhD/postdoctoral skills to pursue a career in science outside of academia.
Dr Eve Rogers received her PhD from the University of Liverpool, investigating the role of the mechanical environment and circadian rhythm in adult stem cell differentiation. During her postdoctoral studies at UCL, she employed gene editing technologies, such as CRISPR/Cas and lentiviral vectors, in hiPSC and hESC research. Eve joined the editorial team of Communications Biology in January 2021 and where she now handles papers in cell and molecular biology, stem cells, cancer, biotech and beyond.
Communications Biology - www.nature.com/commsbio/
Communications Biology Editors - www.nature.com/commsbio/about/editors