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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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Technology Management – Pilot Training Course

A fast-paced and interactive training event, it combines insights from BP’s Science & Technology team with practical experience of simple but effective industry tools. Only 15 places are available to researchers on this pilot course, held on 3 June 2015. Please email head.opda@admin.cam.ac.uk by 25 May.

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Introduction to Project Management

An interactive session for women researchers to introduce you to the fundamentals of managing your research project, Tuesday 2nd June, 12-1.30pm, Clinical School. Do you want to attend a project management course and need help choosing which one? Do you want to talk with others about Project Management? In this session we will discuss the definition of a Project and why it requires a different approach to business as usual, with emphasis on project management tools such as Plans, Registers and Strategies. Booking is required.

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Equipment for postdocs

Did you know that you can access the Equipment Sharing Database via your Raven log-in? This can be useful if you are searching for particular or specific equipment to work with, or if you need to find a replacement in a hurry. This database provides access to over 2300 individual items of equipment and over 60 facilities within Cambridge alone, plus access to 237 Facilities across the partnership with other institutions. We would suggest that you contact your supervisor in the first instance to liaise directly with equipment owners.

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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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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.

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Images: Johannes Hjorth, Mill Shek, Sir Cam, University of Cambridge, Ramunas Geciauskas, Pixabay

The Postdoc Centre is 1 year old!

It has been a wonderful year for Team OPdA, beyond our expectations when we launched the Postdoc Centre back on 22nd May 2014. Read about our journey and hear from some of our postdocs by clicking the link below. Cambridge News visited the Centre this week and wrote a wonderful article about our first anniversary. You can see photos of the launch and our past events by clicking the link 'OPdA Newsletter & News Archive' on your right.

Read the article here

Your views are needed!

CROS gathers the anonymous views of research staff in UK higher education institutions about their experiences, career aspirations and development opportunities. Your feedback will inform policy and practice in employment, management and career development.

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Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge

EPOC is a group for postdocs interested in entrepreneurship. Following their AGM on 21 April, they are planning a host of stimulating events for the coming year.

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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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