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King’s Health Science DTC Annual Research Symposium: 5 reasons to sign up today

This year, the King’s Health Sciences Doctoral Training Centre is holding its inaugural Research Symposium on Monday 14 May 2018. 

This exciting one-day event will feature mini-masterclasses, speed networking, student talks, and a keynote lecture from one of King’s Health Sciences’ top academics, Professor Tim Spector. This Symposium is open to all King’s Postgraduate Research Students across the four Health Sciences faculties and registration is completely free.

This event is an excellent opportunity for early career researchers in the Health Sciences to meet with fellow research students, discover new research, create new scholarly and social networks, as well as to present their own work to peers and experts in their fields.

If that doesn’t convince you to register for the Health Sciences DTC Symposium, here are five more reasons why you should sign up today:

  1. Expand your scholarly network across disciplinary boundaries: this symposium offers you the chance to meet and get to know colleagues from other faculties following similar research themes.
  2. Kick-start your career with specially tailored sessions to boost your employability: you can attend workshops on careers, CV skills, academic writing, as well as more specialised sessions on CRISPR technology, and recombinant protein production.
  3. Public engagement: see and hear three of the King’s 2018 ‘Three Minute Thesis’ finalists talk about their PhD projects in just three minutes and discover what it takes to communicate your work in an impactful way in just 180 seconds!
  4. Present your own research and hone your presentation skills: all PGR students in the Health Schools are invited to submit an abstract before the 23rd of April to give a talk about the latest developments with your research project. This is not just a great chance to get the word out about your research, but to improve your public speaking and presentations skills too.
  5. VIP Keynote Speaker: come hear about the work of KCL’s renowned Professor Tim Spector, author of the critically acclaimed books The Diet Myth and Identically Different. Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemoiology and Director of the TwinsUK Registry at King’s College London. A specialist in twin studies, genetics, epigenetics, and microbiome and diet, Professor Spector’s work is known worldwide.

How to Register 

Registration is free and open to all King’s PGR Students in the Health Sciences.

Click here to book your place. Registration will close on 9am on Monday 7 May.

Submit an Abstract

To submit your abstract to present at the HSDTC Symposium, please see the relevant section in the registration form and follow the instructions.

  • Monday 23 April: Deadline for abstract submission
  • Monday 30 April: Abstracts chosen by this date and speakers informed

 

Programme

  • 09:00 Registration and Coffee
  • 09:30 Mini-masterclasses
  • 11:30 Welcome from the Director of King’s Health Sciences DTC
  • 11:45 Three Minute Thesis Finalists
  • 12:00 Speed Networking
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Keynote: Professor Tim Spector
  • 15:00 Student Talks
  • 17:00 Drinks and canapés

For further information on the King’s Health Sciences Doctoral Training Centre, including news and training opportunities, click here. If you have any questions, you can email hs-dtc@kcl.ac.uk

 

PhD Bloggers Wanted

Do you have a personal experience of PhD life you’d like to share with your peers?

Whether it’s dealing with writer’s block, tips and tricks for time management, or just your own unique perspective on the life of a postgraduate research student at King’s – we want to hear from you!

The Centre for Doctoral Studies is looking for contributions to its blog from research students at King’s, on a range of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Starting out as a PhD student
  • Life as an international student
  • Living in London
  • Cultural challenges
  • Time management
  • The writing-up process
  • Study skills and research methods
  • Creative approaches to research
  • The upgrade & Viva
  • Getting published
  • Teaching experience
  • Presenting at conferences
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Life outside the library/lab

This is a great opportunity to practice your communication and engagement skills as well as get your name and research out there. More importantly, sharing personal perspectives from current PGR students can offer other students valuable support and practical insight into the challenges and joys of working towards a doctorate.

To have a post featured on the Centre for Doctoral Studies blog, send your submissions or pitch your ideas to doctoralnews@kcl.ac.uk.

Please note, publication on the CDS blog is at the discretion of its editor. Submissions should not exceed 1000 words.

 

Post-PhD Careers Case Study: Dr Enrico Fantoni

King’s PhD graduate, Dr Enrico Fantoni

Enrico was a PhD research at King’s 2013-16, working on nuclear brain imaging of inflammation. While at King’s, he undertook several different projects to help him find out more about possible career directions, including time spent in the King’s IP and Licensing team as well as a project with student-led Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable.

Enrico networked his way to a new role within GE Healthcare and was kind enough to tell us more about his role and his career journey below.

  1. Tell us about your new role and the company you are working for?

I work as a Medical Affairs Associate at GE Healthcare. I directly report to the medical director and am responsible for supporting the company marketing strategy with key clinical studies. One study I am working on is a meta-analysis; another a small observational clinical study; and a third is a large international multicentre clinical trial of which I am the lead project manager after only one year at the company.

  1. What do you do day to day?

Of course each day is fairly varied. I write publications and analyse data; I attend conferences where I liaise with ‘Key Opinion Leaders’ and advocacy. There is project management, and interdepartmental liaison. I support the commercial and health economics departments with medical and scientific queries.

  1.  What’s different or similar to your PhD?

Mainly it’s pretty similar. In addition to all the science I learned during my PhD, there’s data analysis, interdisciplinarity, personal management, independence, presentations, and perseverance.  I use my scientific acumen all the time.

  1. Do you have any tips for any other PhDs?

Use LinkedIn! Don’t be shy, keep contacting people whose roles you’re interested in. Exploit your network. Read emails from groups such as Cheeky Scientist. Join LinkedIn groups. Attend webinars. Understand the role you’re interested in well before going to interviews.

Find out more here about different career directions, and support available at King’s.

Job Opportunity for PGRs: Study Skills Leaders

King’s Library Services are looking to recruit King’s PhD students from across the faculties to work as Study Skills Leaders (SSLs).

SSLs provide one-to-one and appointments and drop-ins and contribute workshops as part of the King’s Learning and Skills Service (KLaSS).

For more information about the wider team, please click this link.

Purpose

  • To deliver student-centred additional learning skills support across the University.
  • To provide some or all of: academic/writing/maths/statistics skills support to undergraduate and postgraduate (taught) students in a way that complements other support provided by Library Services.
  • To contribute to the development of blended learning and teaching resources in the areas of academic skills, independent learning and academic writing.

Rates of Pay

  • Weekly one-to-one sessions during term time: £17 per hour, 3-6 hours per week during term time.
  • Drop-in Sessions and developing resources during summer time: £17 per hour
  • Scheduled Workshops £34 per hour (to reflect preparation time)

Start Date & Hours

  •          Start 6/11/2017 (or asap thereafter)
  •          3 – 6 hours per week
  •          Temporary

Specific Vacancies

We would welcome applications from King’s postgraduate (research) students from across the institution to complement the existing team of SSLs.  We would particularly like to recruit SSLs who could provide Maths support but we are looking to make around 12 appointments and would therefore welcome applications from King’s postgraduate (research) students from across the institution to complement the existing team of SSLs.

Application Process

Please read the Job Description and the complete the attached application form at this link and send it, along with a current curriculum vitae, to learningandskills@kcl.ac.uk

Deadline: 27 October 2017, 5pm 

If you have any queries, please contact alistair.morey@kcl.ac.uk.

For more opportunities like this & other ways of enhancing your career, go to the King’s Careers webpages and follow King’s Careers on Twitter @KingsCareers.

PGR Careers Webinars – Autumn 2017

Webinars:

Are you off-campus or too busy at work to come to workshops?  Then webinars might be the answer for you!  Sit at your desk, wherever you are, and ‘attend’, contribute and learn from these online seminars.  Easy booking – just click the registration link.  First one is next week!

Thursday 28th Sept, 12.30-13.30: CVs for academia and outside  

This webinar will help you understand the basic outlines of a CV, whether for academia or outside. ‘Attend’ it sitting at your own computer to find out more and be shown further resources to help you with these tricky application documents.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4970723126602208259

 

Thursday 12th Oct, 12.30-13.30: Using social media for your career research and job applications             

Sites such as Twitter and Linked In are vast repositories of useful career information that can be easily and profitably searched. They’re also excellent ways to raise your profile. Join us to find out how to make the best of what they offer and ensure you are visible to potential colleagues and employers.

Register here:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7435609395294389763

 

Thursday 9th Nov, 12.30-13.30: Preparing for job interviews      

How do you prepare effectively for an interview? How can you make sure you stand out and get your case across so that you will be offered the role? Join us for this webinar to gain top tips for your preparation and performance on the big day.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9037851824149995011

 

Thursday 30th Nov, 12.30-13.30: Cover letters/personal statements and applications

How can you make sure your applications secure that all-important interview? Join us from your own desk to look at the language, structure and content you might use to translate your experience into a top-notch application.

Register here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6419956419857131267

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