Early Career Researchers
The Queensland Brain Institute is a vibrant, influential and world-renowned neuroscience institute with a strong team of early career researchers. Currently, approximately 210 of them work at QBI (about 80 PhD students and 130 postdoctoral researchers).
Early career researchers are attracted to QBI because of the world-class research, excellent infrastructure and facilities, and inspiring mentoring opportunities.
In order to provide an initial point of contact with the QBI ECR community, and to facilitate contact with QBI faculty, the QBI ECR committee was established in 2015.
The ECR committee organises a variety of events throughout the year:
- Postdoc Breakfasts
Postdoc Breakfasts provide a friendly and informal networking environment for postdoctoral researchers. Postdocs and three to four faculty members are invited to join each breakfast to meet, engage and share their experiences about a predetermined topic. These breakfasts are also the perfect opportunity to introduce new postdocs and faculty members to the QBI postdoc community.
- BLiSS (Brisbane Life Science Symposium)
BLiSS brings together life-science institutes from across Brisbane for a one-day symposium. Participants have various backgrounds, including engineering, chemistry, molecular biology, neuroimaging, cognitive science, and so on. The event provides the perfect opportunity to learn more about what other ECRs achieve in Brisbane, extend your network and start new collaborations in a friendly, vibrant environment.
- Student and Postdoc Association Meeting
The Student and Postdoc Association Meeting (SPAM) is a series of seminars that aims to showcase research being conducted at QBI or the broader UQ research community and provide practical information regarding science, research and academia as well as an opportunity to meet fellow students and early career researchers. SPAM events take place in a uniquely informal and relaxed environment that fosters open, active discussion among attendees and presenters. Every seminar is followed by some well-deserved time to unwind and socialise over drinks and food. SPAM is held every fortnight at 4pm in QBI's level 7 interaction area. Information concerning upcoming SPAM events can be found within This Week at QBI updates and emails sent to associated groups from the SPAM committee. For more information contact Delphine Levy-Bencheton or Merja Joensuu.
- Career Development Workshops
The QBI ECR Committee organises Career Development Workshops addressing important topics related to the development of ECRs' careers, with the aim of improving ECRs' knowledge on career planning and opportunities.
BLiSS (Brisbane Life Science Symposium)
Career Development Subcommittee
Postdoc Breakfast Subcommittee
SPAM (Student and Postdoc Association Meeting) Subcommittee
Career planning is one of the first steps to success, and the two main components to reach career goals are timing and information/knowledge. The QBI ECR Committee organises Career Development Workshops addressing important topics related to the development of ECRs' careers, with the aim of improving ECRs' knowledge on career planning and opportunities.
Career Development Workshops are opened to all ECRs at UQ. Check the QBI events page regularly for upcoming workshops.
In 2016, we decided to focus on alternative careers outside academia and the industry side for ECRs.
1. Establishing interactions and collaborations with industry
The workshop was aimed to increase the awareness of ECR on how to interact and approach with industry partners. The workshop was popular and attended by 86 ECRs from QBI, UQ and external. The speakers were:
- Prof Jurgen Götz (QBI), Academy vs Industry research
- Dr Karen Hussey (GCI), Collaborating with an industry partner
- Dr Craig Belcher (Uniquest), Safely interacting with industry
- Roberto Lozada (Medtronic), Medtronic and QBI
2. Expanding your horizons: How your scientific skill set is useful in a wider market job
The second workshop was aimed to address the job opportunities and “alternative” career positions available in industry. The workshop was very popular and attracted 181 ECRs from QBI and UQ. The speakers were:
- Hugh Bradlow (Telstra), Bringing research skills to industry
- Trevor Neuville (Tranzition), identifying your skill set
- Belinda Ramirez (Medtronic), Networking, a brief how-to guide'
Upcoming workshops in 2017
For 2017, we are going to focus on the careers within academia and the different pathways available to ECRs. The proposed workshops are:
- March 2017: Management and leadership skills to become a group leader
- July 2017: Careers opportunities in teaching within academia
- November 2017: What is available and open to ECRs outside academia and industry?