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A warm welcome from Prof Chris Abell

In my role as Director of Postdoctoral Affairs, I welcome you to Cambridge. I hope that your time here is enjoyable, exciting and productive.

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New OPdA events for postdocs

Find out about our new 2015 events, including a Twitter workshop for academics, an event about funding opportunities and a 'speed-dating' networking session.

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Calling all inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs

Cambridge Enterprise works with members of the University to help them commercialise their research and provide consultancy services to industry. They give vital support to early-stage companies, helping them develop innovative technology ventures which benefit society and the wider economy.

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Accompanying partners: who are you?

Cambridge Connect is a group that addresses all the practical issues that confront partners of postdocs and researchers at the University of Cambridge – be it careers, volunteering and settling down successfully. The group is part of the NVS programme and meets three times per term at the Postdoc Centre from 10am to 12pm. Next meeting is on Wednesday 25 February and is about career reinvention (self-employment/temping/sole trading, etc). Members of the group can also access free training sessions organised by Cambridge Hub, which include how to run a crowdfunding campaign, marketing/communications training, public speaking, report writing and much more. Please email for more details.

The Leverhulme Trust: Early Career Fellowships 2015

The call for the Trust's Early Career Fellowships is now open. The scheme will contribute 50% of a researcher’s salary, allowing them to undertake a significant piece of publishable work over three years. Applicants should have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic post.

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Navigating the Career Hairpin

This project seeks to find out how researchers prepare for and deal with the significant career transition from being a postdoctoral researcher to achieving research independence by becoming a Principal Investigator (PI). The research specifically looks at the time period from when researchers started their PhD to obtaining their first substantial grant as PI. The project will develop resources to support the personal, professional and career development of postdoctoral researchers and will provide data to inform researcher and educational development policy and practice. The project is funded by The Elsevier Foundation New Scholars Programme, the University of Cambridge and Leiden University. Ethical approval was granted by the University of Cambridge on the 20th January 2014.

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The UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

An agreement between funders and employers to improve the support for researchers in UK universities.

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NEW! Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge

EPOC is a group for postdocs interested in entrepreneurship. The first event on 21 January, 'Considering the Options for Postdocs: Publishing & Getting Grants vs. Starting Companies', was a sold-out success!

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New web resources for researchers

Vitae has just launched a range of web resources and pages especially for research staff.

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The Philippe WIENER - Maurice ANSPACH Foundation aims to strengthen the relations between the Université libre de Bruxelles and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. It awards fellowships to researchers who have obtained their doctoral degree from the University of Oxford or Cambridge and who wish to carry out research at the Université libre de Bruxelles. These fellowships are open to researchers from all fields and the deadline for applications is 27-3-2015.

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