How to get a tenure track job in the USA

On 15th of May, Dr. Karen Kelsky from The Professor Is In spoke to KCL PhD students and researchers about  academic careers in the USA. She kept a packed lecture theatre engrossed with her tips and wisdom for over 90 minutes and didn’t pull her punches on some of the trickier aspects.

Our colleagues at UCL Research Careers have written a blog post summarising her talk which is well worth reading if you are applying for academic jobs in America.  Follow this link to read it.

EURIAS Postdoc Fellowships – Call for Applications

2018 – 2019 EURIAS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Researchers from King’s College London are invited to apply for the EURIAS Postdoctoral Fellowship, for 2018/2019.

The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme offering 10-month residencies in one of the 19 participating Institutes: Aarhus, Amsterdam, Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Cambridge, Delmenhorst, Edinburgh, Freiburg, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Warsaw, Zürich.

The Institutes for Advanced Study support the focused, self-directed work of outstanding
researchers. The fellows benefit from the finest intellectual and research conditions and from the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars.

EURIAS Fellowships are mainly offered in the fields of the humanities and social sciences but may also be granted to scholars in life and exact sciences, provided that their proposed research project does not require laboratory facilities and that it interfaces with humanities and social sciences. The diversity of the 19 participating IAS offers a wide range of possible research contexts in Europe for worldwide scholars. Applicants may select up to three IAS outside their country of nationality or residence as possible host institutions.

The Programme welcomes applications worldwide from promising young scholars as well as from leading senior researchers. The EURIAS selection process has proven to be highly competitive. To match the Programme standards, applicants have to submit a solid and innovative research proposal, to demonstrate the ability to forge beyond disciplinary
specialisation, to show an international commitment as well as quality publications in high-impact venues.

The EURIAS Consortium welcomes applications from scholars at risk.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, EURIAS offers 54 fellowships (26 junior and 28 senior
positions). All IAS have agreed on common standards, including the provision of a living allowance (in the range of € 26,000 for a junior fellow and € 38,000 for a senior fellow), accommodation (or a mobility allowance), a research budget, plus coverage of travel expenses.

APPLICATION
– Applications are submitted online via www.eurias-fp.eu, where, you will find detailed
information regarding the content of the application, eligibility criteria, and selection procedure.
– Application period: May 5th, 2017 → June 7th, 2017 (4pm GMT)
– Late applications will not be considered.

SELECTION PROCEDURE
– Scientific assessment by two international reviewers
– Pre-selection by the international EURIAS Scientific Committee
– Final selection by the IAS Academic Boards
– Publication of results: January 2018
For further information on the Programme, please consult our website: www.eurias-fp.eu
For further information on the IAS and their specific working conditions: www.eurias-fp.eu/ias

Join the EURIAS Fellowship Programme on facebook & LinkedIn.

Research, Impact and the UK Parliament

Research, Impact and the UK Parliament is a training conference taking place in UCL on Wednesday 7th June 2017.

This is an opportunity for Kings College London academics to learn how their research can influence and impact proceedings at the UK Parliament.

The event will be at 1.30 – 5.00pm on 7th June 2017 at University College London.  It is open to all academic researchers, from PhD students to senior researchers, and university impact support staff.

Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite.

At this 3 hour training event, you will learn:

  • How to contact MPs and Members of the House of Lords from Parliament’s Outreach & Engagement Service
  • How to work with Select Committees from a clerk of a House of Commons Select Committee
  • How Parliament has been cited in REF 2014 impact case studies from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

“This was one of the most useful events I’ve ever attended.” – RIUKP Attendee, January 2017

“This was a very informative event. I enjoyed learning about how to engage with Parliament and consider the impact of my research on parliamentary activities” – RIUKP Attendee, November 2016

Tickets cost £40 and include lunch. If this fee is a barrier to attendance, please contact us; we may make exceptions in some circumstances.  We are also able to discuss group bookings if you would like to book a block of tickets for your institution.

Book your place at Research, Impact and the UK Parliament now.

We hold RIUKP events around the UK throughout the year: check www.parliament.uk/academic-training for more details.

 

Brexit, Movement, Waste – an interdisciplinary exploration

June 2nd, 6:30pm-9:30pm, Anatomy Museum, Strand Campus.

Drawing together academics from across London, Brexit, Movement, Waste is a three-part event series that will employ an interdisciplinary lens, incorporating performance studies, ecocriticism, politics and visual culture to consider what Brexit has brought to the surface, confronting difficult questions of minoritarian politics, immigration, parliamentary sovereignty and transnationalism.

The first event, Brexit & Movement, aims to ask: how might performance’s ‘messy’ ontology disrupt the ‘smooth’ process of retreat? We live in a time that is rapidly upending the predictable futures we envisioned for ourselves and for our nation-states: when neoliberal institutions and ‘Western’ democracies are accelerating towards accentuation and/or collapse; when ‘unthinkable’ outcomes are increasingly proving not only possible but likely; and when the typically laborious gears of bureaucracy, hinged on a single day’s vote, urge us towards fragmentation of the European Union and signal an end to a global post-war system.

What sense of time does a finite politics impose on where we go, how we plan, and what ‘moves’ we must anticipate – from the government and for our future – as citizens of an increasingly fractured Europe? How does Brexit reveal the performance of politics at speed, and what might we gain from thinking through politics as a series of movements or choreographies on the public stage? Capture

June 2nd, 6:30pm-9:30pm, Anatomy Museum, Strand Campus.

Speakers – Seb Franklin, P.A. Skantze, and Jen Harvie – will give a short presentation, which will be followed by a discussion chaired by Kélina Gotman. Wine reception to follow.

Tickets available here; Facebook here.

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Organised by Bryony White, Carleigh Morgan and Lianna Mark. Hosted by King’s College London English Department and the King’s Performance Research Group.

 

Opera at Kings: Collision – A Comic Opera in Banalities

Collision: A Comic Opera in Banalities 24th and 25th May, 8pm, The Greenwood Theatre, Guys Campus, 55 Weston Street, SE1 3RA

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“Collision is ahead of us. The end of the world is near.”

Collision is an irreverent cabaret-opera which started life in 1928 as a Dada-esque libretto by avant-garde artist Kurt Schwitters. With a strange Green Globe on course to collide with Earth, panic is rife on the streets of Berlin. Between the broadcasting station and the church, the action swings from hyperactive farce to nihilistic satire until the citizens of Berlin find themselves at the airport for the final curtain.

Part absurdist science-fiction and part sultry cabaret, Collision was Schwitters’ first and only foray into the opera world, and it was never realised during his lifetime. 90 years on, Collision is being recreated by a collaboration of King’s College and University College students as a fully-staged ‘comic opera in banalities’ set to new cabaret and jazz-influenced music by Lewis Coenen-Rowe, and with a set inspired by Schwitters’ own brand of collage art.

Tickets: £9, £6 concessions. To book your tickets now, follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collision-a-comic-opera-in-banalities-tickets-33445867490

 

Study in Australia this Summer: Creating positive change through research with ANU

ImpactMobilising Research: Create positive change through research.
A Global Summer Program presented by The Australian National University (ANU).
Sunday 25 June – Friday 14 July

ANU is opening up its Vice Chancellor course Mobilising Research to select ANU international partners, including King’s College London. Mobilising Research is an intense interdisciplinary course which will challenge students to see research from a new perspective and give students an opportunity to meet world class ANU researchers.

DSL161291 IARU summer program_FA1A3_Ext (002)This intensive, interdisciplinary
Summer Program will equip you
to put research into action and
reset the agenda in favour of the
public good.

Over three weeks you will live, learn and work with students from a wide range of disciplines and from around the globe. Your exposure to different mindsets, approaches, and cultural                                                  norms will challenge you to see the world the way others do.

ANU would like to invite research oriented students from King’s College London to apply for a place in the course. The three-week course will bring together a small cohort of high quality students from around the world to explore how interdisciplinary research can address future global threats. This intensive course is equivalent to an ANU semester long course and students will receive an ANU transcript for their studies.

Students will be accommodated in university residential colleges as well as spending a week at the ANU South Coast Campus, Kioloa.

For more information and to apply, please download the promotional flier and the application form at these links:

Interested students should complete the application form and submit by email to gsp.anu.iaru@anu.edu.au by midnight Wednesday 31 May 2017.

 

 

How to peer review a paper: Elsevier training session

How to peer review a paper

Thursday 11 May

New Hunts House Lecture Theatre 2, Guy’s Campus

15:00-17:00

Leading scientific publishers Elsevier are coming to King’s once more to deliver a session for researchers (postgraduate or staff).

This researcher development session will provide:

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  • An opportunity to hear about the process of reviewing papers from one of best known scientific publishers
  • A chance to speak with current journal editors about the peer review process.

Elsevier mainly publish scientific journals, so these sessions will have a science focus. However. this session is open to researchers from any discipline wishing to deepen their knowledge of the publication and peer review process.

Secure your place now by follow this link to the KCL Skills Forge booking page: https://goo.gl/ptvLhu.

To find more courses for researchers, explore the Researcher Development pages to find training opportunities in Public Engagement and Communication, Writing and Publishing Skills, Online Courses and IT, and much more.

 

 

 

 

 

Spotlight Series: Science Beyond Academia Nora McFadden – Science Procurement Manager, The Crick Institute

Nora’s career in science started with her undergraduate degree in medical microbiology at Warwick which she followed by jumping straight to a PhD at Imperial College.

After working as a post-doc she realised that she didn’t want to be a PI and couldn’t see a future for herself in lab-based academic research.

She moved initially to lab management at CRUK as the Crick was being developed and it was made clear to her that progression within her role would be possible. She became involved in procurement for the Institute as it was being built and works there currently, managing the purchasing of supplies and equipment for a large and complex institution.

Nora emphasises that science background is essential as she needs to understand the scientific context in order to effectively provide equipment and supplies as well as communicate effectively with researchers.

Her work is varied and requires very close attention to detail with lots of opportunity for project management. The skills of a researcher in managing, communicating and understanding data, problem solving, analysis, time management and being flexible and adaptable all come frequently into play. There are frequent opportunities to interact with the research the researchers and this kind of role can be great for those who don’t want to lose touch with science but do want to try a different profession.

The environment is often more formal than academic research. There are regular office hours and the culture is often more like that of a business than a university.

For those interested in applying for professional support roles within science, Nora recommends that you try to get some experience of and contact with people working in these roles and show your interest and willingness to get involved.

CVs and applications should be skills focussed and much less detailed than academic CVs as well as thoroughly tailored towards the role and institution you are applying for.

Why fill out the 2017 PRES? 5 Key Reasons

What is the PRES

PRES stands for Postgraduate Research Experience Survey and is designed to get your feedback on what it’s like to be a PhD student or Postgraduate Researcher at King’s.

Filling out the PRES allows you to tell us what you think. And your feedback allows us to improve things in response!

Why fill out the PRES? 5 Key Reasons

1. This is your chance to get your your voice heard! 

If you have ever had an opinion, idea, or complaint about life as a PG Researcher, you’ll also know that it’s not always easy to get somebody to listen. This survey is an opportunity to send us detailed and extensive feedback about your experience as a researcher at King’s.

2. You may not get another opportunity. 

The PRES survey is carried out by the Higher Education Academy every two years. That means by the time the next one comes around you could be almost finished your course – or be already graduated. The deadline to fill out the current, 2017 PRES is the 18th May. Take the opportunity now to send us your feedback now, while you still can!

3. The survey isn’t just quantitative, it’s qualitative too.

In other words, we don’t just get you to rate things from 1-10, but we also ask you for your detailed thoughts on what works well and what doesn’t. We really do read your comments as well – they are key to gaining qualitative feedback on the researcher experience at King’s.

4. The results of the PRES can improve PGR experiences across the UK.

The feedback we receive through the PRES doesn’t just help us target what needs to be improved at King’s for PG Researchers. The results go towards constructing a comprehensive, national picture of the postgraduate experience. This can go on to influence policy makers at the highest levels.

5. PRES Feedback really does help us improve things. 

Giving us your feedback gets results! In response to the 2015 PRES, we have:

So if you want to make your voice heard, give us your feedback on the Postgraduate Researcher experience, and help us improve things for you and others — check your email inbox and fill out the PRES today.