Event for Researchers : Meeting with the Polish Academy of Sciences

On March 27th, The UCL School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies will welcome a delegation from the Polish Academy of Sciences. They will be presenting funding opportunities available for researchers wishing to carry out research at the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Directions here.

This event is invite only. Please email g.mourgaud@ucl.ac.uk to book your space, specifying your area of interest.

The event will comprise opening remarks from PAS representatives, a presentation of the offer session and opportunities for informal discussion over drinks and snacks. During the meeting you will have a chance to know more about the offer of PAS Institutes in the scientific domains of:

  • Neuroscience
  • Environment
  • Social sciences
  • eResearch

What does PAS offer? 

PAS welcomes scientists willing to undertake their research in Poland. The Academy is expanding and has undertaken several actions that are aimed at increasing its international presence and thus further the advancement of Polish science. PAS is internationally active and offers opportunities for foreign researchers in the following areas:

  • Polish Institute of Advanced Studies (PIASt) 

PAS has recently established Polish Institute of Advanced Studies (PIASt). The Institute aims to promote scientific and intellectual exchange in an international and interdisciplinary community of researchers. The Institute welcomes outstanding researchers in the fields of social sciences and humanities and offers scholarship for the period of one academic year. Scholarship holders will be exempt from administrative and teaching responsibilities to be able to conduct their research projects. Interdisciplinary projects are welcome.

  • European research projects under Horizon 2020

Institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences are part of international consortia under EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation and are open to further collaborations with international partners under Horizon 2020.

The Academy regularly hosts European Research Council grants. The Academy welcomes all researchers to consider PAS as a host institution or to collaborate with PAS in the framework of ERC Synergy Grants. Excellence in Science Department of PAS can assist you in all matters regarding ERC.

  • International research cooperation of PAS research units

Apart from being active participants of the collaboration resulting from the PAS international cooperation agreements, the PAS research units establish their own cooperation with foreign partners. The units collaborate with more than 1,500 different foreign partners, pursuing more than a thousand joint research projects.

  • Bilateral research cooperation agreements

Each year, around 1,000 Polish scholars from the PAS research units travel abroad under bilateral research cooperation agreements. A similar number of foreign scholars come to pursue their research at Polish institutes and universities.

  • Research partnership under the framework of international organisations

Research collaboration also takes place under the agreements with nearly 100 international organizations, including the International Council for Science (ICSU), the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC), and the Inter-Academy Panel: the Global Network of Science Academies (IAP)

  • Cooperation with academies of science

The Polish Academy of Sciences is proud to collaborate with more than 70 foreign academies of science, including British Academy, and equivalent organizations from Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa.

  • University of The Polish Academy of Sciences

In the near future the PAS will launch University of the Polish Academy Sciences that will concentrate on postgraduate studies. The University will have an ambition to become an important research hub at national and international level. Collaboration with top international researchers will be crucial for the success of this initiative.

About the Academy

Polish Academy of Sciences is a state scientific institution that since its foundation in 1952 has worked comprehensively to strengthen national research capacity and foster the pursuit of scientific excellence. To achieve this the Academy has acted through an elected corporation of top academics, including both national and foreign members, becoming a major scientific advisory body.

The Academy is structured into a set of five Divisions, Territorial Branches, scientific and task-force committees, a Young Academy, a Science Ethics Committee, and an Audit Committee. The basic scientific unit of the Academy is the research institute, 69 of which are currently in operation. Most of them rank as leading institutions in their scientific or R&D activity. PAS institutes also form part of consortia and centers set up to carry out concrete research projects.

Selected achievements:

A team from the Space Mechatronics and Robotics Laboratory at the PAS Space Research Center (the strongest center in the world making specialist devices of this sort) constructed the MUPUS penetrator, an instrument equipped with a hammering device and a 40 cm rod carrying measuring devices. The instrument is part of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission, underway since 2004. It penetrated the comet’s surface and is sending measurement data back to Earth.

One of the projects at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw studies the mechanisms of DNA repair, the role of which is to prevent the distortion of genetic information. The DNA molecule, which encodes information about how each cell and the whole organism are built and function, undergoes chemical damage, either spontaneously or under the influence of external factor (radiation, carcinogens etc.). Staff members of the Institute’s Laboratory of Protein Structure use protein crystallography, which allows them to determine the three-dimensional architecture of molecules and further elucidate their mechanism of action. The Laboratory has discovered, for example, the way the UvrA protein detects various DNA lesions and initiates repair. Another achievement involved elucidating the mechanism of the RuvC enzyme, which participates in a repair pathway in which a damaged region of DNA is fixed using a correct copy thereof. The team also determined the first structures of another important DNA repair enzyme – Slx1.

This event is invite only. Please email g.mourgaud@ucl.ac.uk to book your space, specifying your area of interest.

2 day Paid Internship Opportunity – to start ASAP

King's Research Consultancy (150x50)The Project

This is a desk-based project to compare the levels and learning outcomes of modules from King’s, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Arizona State University (ASU) in Public Health, Global Health and Social Medicine. The project will require the researcher to interrogate the information which is currently held by the Project Manager.

The key deliverable for this project will be a report highlighting what is comparable between King’s global / public health modules and programmes, and those on offer from PLuS partners ASU and UNSW.

No travel will be required for this project. The work can be completed remotely, but could also be based out of the International office (Strand campus) based on the candidate’s preferences.

The outcome for this piece of work will be an understanding of how existing modules might fit together to form a new joint undergraduate degree offering in public health, and where there are gaps.

Person Specification

  • You must be a current, post upgrade PhD student at King’s College London
  • Good analytical skills are essential
  • You must be able to start ASAP

Further details and how to apply

The project will commence ASAP and will consist of 2 days’ work. The consultant will be paid £125 per day.

Click here for full details


King’s Research Strategy – we want to hear from you

On 16th May, King’s launched a university wide consultation around a refreshed Research Strategy for King’s. The research strategy aims to connect and enhance faculty strategies and to exploit synergies and interdisciplinary research opportunities. It should provide clarity of purpose around our research endeavour and enable the best research from our staff and post-graduate researchers. It feeds directly into King’s 2029 Vision, where research is a strategic priority, and is interlinked with the Education and International strategies.

The papers have been developed with university leadership, faculty research leads and a number of staff (academic and professional services) via a series of meetings and workshops and give a starting point upon which to build the wider consultation. Your feedback is vital in ensuring we have identified the correct enablers which will allow you to deliver your research, feel supported during your research career and, ultimately, in delivering this ambition for King’s. These are initial ideas, by no means finalised. We hope they will be refined and added to during the engagement process.

We are excited to share these papers with you and are keen to hear your feedback. Researchers from all levels are encouraged to take part.

Please visit the internal webpages to view the papers and find out how to give your feedback.


PhD Options: Doing a PhD in Germany

Researchers have become increasingly internationally mobile. In fact, being mobile early on in your career undoubtedly enhances your prospects and skills by expanding your networks and access to a larger research community.

Germany has over 140 doctorate awarding higher education institutions, many of which don’t charge tuition fees. To help you explore the opportunities in Germany, jobs.ac.uk is holding a FREE 60-minute live video event on 25th November called ‘PhD Options: Doing a PhD in Germany’.

More details available at: http://bit.ly/PhD-Germany-Hangout-2

What are you thinking?

A major benefit of working at an institution like King’s is the opportunity to debate big ideas, challenge assumptions and ask difficult questions, in short, to think more broadly. Whilst research is all absorbing, especially if you’ve got any kind of deadline looming, I’d really encourage you to seize the chance to think big at the forthcoming Social Science Festival: Celebrating Interdisciplinarity.

On 23 & 24 November 2015, King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (KISS DTC) is hosting a two-day festival showcasing social science research taking place at King’s. It’s a great chance to consider how research can impact society. The programme includes:

  • Charles Clarke, Home Secretary (2004-6)
  • Mike Hulme, United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (1995-2001)
  • Margaret Hodge, Chair, Public Accounts Committee (2010-15)
  • David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science (2010-14)
  • Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, an expert on globalisation, who coined the term ‘Global city’

So come along and think big!

The Festival is open to all students and staff at King’s and beyond. All events are happening on the Strand campus, mainly in the Great Hall. See the Festival programme for full details of the panels and plenaries (PDF).

KISS DTC PhD students are involved throughout the Festival, presenting posters on their research, ‘in conversation’ with KCL academics and contributing to panel discussions.

Register your interest in attending: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/graduate-school/doctoral-training-centre/social-science-festival.aspx

Further information available on the Social Science Festival Poster

Arts & Humanities PhD Case Studies: Corporate World

This interview, and the others to follow over the next few weeks, are with the employers represented at the recent King’s College London Arts & Humanities PhD careers event. They have been written by PhD candidate Valeria Valotto, to whom we are very grateful!

From Ancient History to Energy and Resources Research Manager: The Corporate World

Dr Netti Farkas

Current position: Netti is Research Manager in Energy & Resources at Deloitte. She works in the Insight Team, the firm’s research unit.

Where did you start from?

I hold a PhD in Ancient History from King’s College London. My research topic was ‘Leadership among the Samnites and related Oscan-speaking peoples between the fifth and first centuries BC’. While a PhD student at King’s I had the chance to do some teaching. Upon submitting my PhD I knew academia was not the right place for me.

What was your first step outside academia? – Industry Research

My first move was to secure an internship in an industry research firm, New Carbon Finance.

How did you make it?

Thanks to my humanities background I was able to write about data comprehensively, and the PhD provided an excellent training in in-depth data analysis.

The second step – Auditing and ACA at Deloitte

This was my first non-academic job experience and while I really enjoyed it, I realised I wanted to deepen my financial skills. I applied as an audit trainee for Deloitte and was assigned to their St Albans office, where I stayed for two years.

How did you make it?

I think I managed to get through the selection process mainly thanks rather to my logic skills than to my (non-existent) maths.

I built good relationships with my line manager and the team leaders in St Albans, who understood my background (I was NOT their typical 21-year old audit trainee) and appreciated me enough to want to keep me in Deloitte.

The third turn – Research Manager at Deloitte

While I enjoyed studying for the professional qualification (ACA), I found the day-to-day job of auditing pension funds and local authorities (my office’s specialism) less inspiring and I also knew that I would look for a job in financial research after I qualified.

I had a conversation with one of the lead partners of the St Albans office about my concerns and she put me in touch with the head of the Insight team (my current boss). I had two interviews internally with members of the Insight team and moved from audit to my current role within a month.

How did you make it?

My skills complemented the team’s skills: there was no-one who could do balance sheet/cash flow analysis well (from my ACA background) and be able to write about it (from my humanities background).

Research Consultant Internship Position

The Association for the British Pharmaceutical Industry are seeking a Research Consultant to work within their Research, Medical and Innovation Department. Work to be carried out will include:

  • Analysing survey results
  • Considering evidence from other recent surveys in comparison with these findings
  • Identifying the major concerns
  • Reviewing current activity by Research Councils, Science Industry Partnership, other funders of education and training (such as Wellcome Trust) and other stakeholders to identify how well these concerns are currently being addressed
  • Considering additional activity which could be considered, for discussion with stakeholders
  • Organising stakeholder event
  • Drafting a report of the findings and recommendations

For more details and to apply, please click here. Closing deadline is 11th March.


Online ethical approval application system goes live

On 3rd March 2015 the university launched a fully integrated online ethics application system – Research Ethics Application Management System (REMAS). This replaces the current manual application system and submission of hard copy forms. All applications will be submitted online through the system with no need for submission via email or in hard copy.

The system will be available to all King’s staff and students in order to make an application through the low and high risk review systems. The link to the system will be provided on the Research Ethics Office Webpage. Upon clicking on the link, users can access the system using their King’s login details. A guidance podcast and guidance document will also be available on the webpage.

The starting point on the system will be the same for all users no matter what the risk level of your study. The low and high risk form will be generated through one set of filter questions, which will provide you with only the questions you require for your specific research study, streamlining the application for all users in comparison to the manual system. Student studies will still need to be authorised by supervisors but this authorisation will be requested via the system with no requirement for hard copy signatures. Once submitted, your application will then be directed to the relevant Research Ethics Subcommittee or single reviewer by the Research Ethics Office and the review process will proceed as it currently does.

The reviewing Committees, processes and timelines remain the same. The details of which can be found on our website.

When the system goes live there will be a phased switchover period during which both online and hard copy applications will be accepted. This will allow any applicant who has already prepared a hard copy application in advance of the launch of the online system, to submit this as normal. Once the online system goes live the manual application will no longer be available to access, so all new applications must be submitted using only the online system.

The link to the system is available here.

Any questions about the new system should be sent to the Research Ethics Office at rec@kcl.ac.uk