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

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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.

 

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.

Internship Opportunities Available for Postgraduates

Do you want to develop new skills through a paid summer internship?

Many students choose to engage in internships to help fund their studies and to gain skills to help with employability. Knowing this we thought we would share some opportunities which are available exclusively to King’s students!

Finding & Applying to Opportunities
New opportunities will be posted on King’s CareerConnect. If you are interested in applying for the Summer Scheme vacancies or if you are looking for Part-time work, you must first locate the ‘Exclusive Internships for King’s Students’ tab, and click ‘Search and apply’.

You can also find the Kings Internship Team on Facebook. They regularly post alerts to all new vacancies on their Facebook page so why not ‘like’ their page so you don’t miss an opportunity!

There is now also an RSS feed for opportunities advertised through the King’s Internships Part Time & Summer Schemes. Please use the URL to add to your webpages and KEATS pages: https://kcl.targetconnect.net/content/rss/kingsinternships

For a flavour of what schemes you could be applying for, please see the list of opportunities currently being advertised below:

Summer Schemes

Deadline  Opportunity title Company
20-Apr-17 Video Production Intern 1ClickPromos
20-Apr-17 Software Development Intern Sequel Business Solutions
23-Apr-17 Data Team Internship River and Mercantile Group
01-May-17 Business Development Intern BuddyHub
07-May-17 ETF Securities ETF Securities (UK) Limited
07-May-17 Marketing and Social Media Intern Kafoodle
12-May-17 Business Project Intern Celgene

International Postgraduates: Cultural adjustment – experiencing difference and negotiating identity

Would you find it helpful to explore, in a supportive group, the cultural challenges you have experienced while studying and living in the UK?

The Counselling Service and International Student Advice are offering a short-term therapeutic group in which to explore the cultural challenges of being an international postgraduate student at King’s. This will take place in a series of five, 1.5 hour interactive, small-group sessions for international postgraduate research students. The first group sessions will take place in May/June 2017.


These supportive and focused sessions will allow you explore issues which may have personally impacted you, while you have been living in the UK, including:

  • Practical and emotional challenges of living in a foreign country away from home
  • Social isolation
  • Cultural adjustment – experiencing difference and negotiating identity
  • Experience of barriers to integration to the UK

These session will offer a supportive, confidential and respectful space in which to share your experiences and stories. The group also offers an opportunity to further develop your intercultural competence through reflection and discussion.

To register interest, please contact jennifer.raper@kcl.ac.uk by the 30th of April.

 

 

King’s PhD Students, King’s Widening Participation Department needs you!

King’s Widening Participation unit is seeking PhD students who would be interested in supervising an academic piece of work, produced by A-level pupils. We provide full support and a payment of £150 per student completing an assignment with your support. This is a great way to use your experience of university to help pupils in understanding and developing the skills necessary to be successful at a competitive university. In addition, this offers you an opportunity to work with young people and gain experience of supervising, marking and providing feedback on academic work close to undergraduate level.

This role requires you to be available in London for around 10 hours between May and September 2017 to meet with and provide feedback to your tutees.  Successful applicants will be expected to attend training on the 14th June, 2.30 – 5pm and attend the Launch event where you will meet your tutees on the 19th July, 5pm – 8pm.

Closing date for applications is the 8th May 2017. All details on how to apply and an application form can be found at the web link below:

https://podio.com/webforms/18123800/1217589

Widening participation is the opening up of the university to under-represented groups. Here at King’s College London we’re committed to finding the brightest minds regardless of their background and supporting them in accessing higher education. Widening participation is one of the eight strategic priorities for King’s College London. Each year we develop an fair access agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) that sets us clear benchmarks for our progress in supporting key groups. At King’s we believe a diverse study body enriches the education that we offer.

For further information on King’s Widening Participation, see the following website: www.kcl.ac.uk/study/widening-participation/about-us.aspx.