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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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Organisational workshop at ARM

Representatives of ARM, Cambridge-based leader in microprocessor Intellectual Property, will run a day of discussions in order to increase mutual understanding and to identify future areas of collaboration. The focus will be on a range of organisational development issues, including innovation, mergers/acquisitions, future organisational capabilities and what a successful ARM leader/manager looks like. The event is on 4-3-15 and is open to researchers, including postdocs, with priority given to departments that receive ESRC funding. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please register by emailing

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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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Independent research fellowships

The John Innes Centre is inviting applications from outstanding researchers who either hold, or wish to apply for independent research fellowships - such as the BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellowship, or a Royal Society Research Fellowship - to attend a conference on 27-4-15. Researchers will be able to present their proposed area of research and discuss their proposal and future career plans with senior JIC scientists. After the conference they will select and mentor outstanding candidates in writing fellowship applications and/or offer the opportunity to move existing fellowships to JIC. There is a well-established career path for JIC independent fellows, who will be considered for transfer onto tenure-track three years into their fellowship, and if transferred, for tenure at five years. Considerable additional resources will be provided by the Centre. Applicants must have: • a relevant PhD, and experience at postdoctoral level • an excellent publication record, or other proof of research success • a coherent and well-developed research plan. To apply please send the following to a CV, a two-page summary of the research plan and three references. The closing date is 13-3-15.

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. Closing date is 5-3-15

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Big data to solutions workshops, 11 & 16 March

These NERC-funded workshops in London will bring PhD students and postdocs in Earth and Environmental Science together with industry and policy makers to explore how data can be used to support solutions to environmental dilemmas. Both days will provide expert presentations, facilitated round-table discussion, working group sessions and opportunities for networking. Speakers include Tony Juniper (environmentalist and writer) and James Stacey (Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership). The first event is Big data to solutions: environment risks on Wednesday 11 March at the Central Hall Westminster, London. The second event is Big data to solutions: natural capital risks on Monday 16 March at the Central Hall Westminster, London. Both events are free and travel bursaries are available on application. To register, please write to Sally Fenn at with a brief paragraph outlining your current research role(s) and indicating which workshop you would like to attend. You are welcome to apply for both, but numbers are limited. You do not have to be NERC-funded to apply.

New Academy Series events for postdocs

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

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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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Volunteers wanted - Dignity @ Work

Would you like to help staff affected by difficult working relationships, including bullying and harassment and also develop new skills? The University of Cambridge is committed to protecting the dignity of all members of the University community in their work and their interactions with others. Our Contacts meet with individuals confidentially to listen to their concerns, explain the University’s policy and procedures on bullying and harassment, help them to understand the courses of action open to them, and highlight internal and external sources of support. We welcome applications from all staff groups. Closing date for applications: Friday 3rd April 2015. Interviews will be held on 22nd and 24th April 2015.

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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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