Early Career Researcher Training

Early career researchers (ECRs) are academic staff who have completed doctoral studies in the last five years (periods of maternity, career or extended leave will be deducted when assessing eligibility) on any JCU campus and in any discipline.

We invite ECRs who are members of JCU’s academic staff to participate in our ECR training program. We provide a range of opportunities, listed below.

Click on the headings below for more information on the sessions on offer, you can only do the face to face session OR the online program.

Research careers are sought-after and increasingly competitive. It has never been more important for Early Career Researchers to be strategic about career moves, develop effective networks and master the right skills to get into their careers of choice.

This 1-day intensive workshop is for you if you want to be proactive about your job prospects, are looking for practical ways to structure your progress and to succeed in your preferred career - in academia or beyond.

This 1-day workshop delivers:

  • Tools to help you develop a career plan tailored to your strengths and preferences;
  • A personal roadmap for the career path that will work best for you;
  • Analysis of your current network of contacts and how to expand it to benefit your career;
  • Practical advice on marketing yourself and your skills;
  • Strategies for developing transferrable skills suited to a career in, or outside, academia.

About the presenter: Dr Kerstin Fritsches, Managing Director, PostdocTraining

Kerstin is a former research fellow who spent the majority of her 12-year research career on grant funding, with first-hand experience of the challenges facing early career researchers and a strong track record in postdoc affairs and career development. A lack of effective career training for PhDs led Kerstin to found PostdocTraining in 2011, to bridge a gap in professional development by delivering support tailored specifically for PhD candidates and postdocs. PostdocTraining delivers career development support and mentoring for researchers worldwide and Kerstin has become a sought-after workshop facilitator on topics such as career planning and research leadership both in Europe and Australia.

Eligibility and expressions of interest

Early career researchers (i.e., academic staff who completed doctoral studies in the last five years, periods of maternity, career or extended leave will be deducted when assessing eligibility) on any JCU campus and in any discipline, who are members of JCU’s academic staff are invited to apply.

The workshop will be held twice at the following times and locations:

JCU Cairns: Friday 1 November 9 am - 4:30 pm at the Boathouse - A022-001

JCU Townsville: Monday 4 November 9 am - 4:30 pm in Room 151 Building 17

Interested researchers not located at either of these campuses should speak to their local area to determine if suitable travel arrangements can be facilitated. Attendance of the workshop is free for those who secure a space, however there is no central funds available to support travel to the event.

You can register your interest by completing the short online form.

Expressions of interest close on Monday 21 October, 2019.

For any workshop enquiries, please contact the Graduate Research School on grs@jcu.edu.au

Career training program for early career research staff to start in November 2019

Postdoc Career Success is a program for early career researchers in all disciplines, offering training in skills and tools that postdocs can apply right away in their daily work.

The core material of 15 online modules is spread over seven months. The web-based modules combine with live webinars and one-to-one advice and mentoring, to keep the benefits of personal contact while offering flexibility for participants.

The course, delivered by Queensland-based specialists PostdocTraining, is designed to help researchers pursue detailed career plans, increase their own efficiency and effectiveness, and accelerate their progress.

The program tackles career planning and pathways, and addresses essential transferable skills including managing time, people and projects; publishing strategies; attracting funding; and building partnerships and networks.

Who should apply, and how?

JCU academic staff members up to five years post-PhD excluding career breaks are welcome to apply. Places will be funded centrally on condition that participants are prepared to give post-course feedback.

For further information on the course and eligibility criteria, see the introduction and EOI form. Please register your interest via the link in that form by close of business Monday 21 October.

Places are limited and successful applicants will be notified by 25 October.

For general enquiries about the program, please contact Dr Helen Titchener by email at helen.titchener@jcu.edu.au