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Meeting Both Your and Your PI's Goals

When Nov 06, 2015
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
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1.  A postdoctoral researchers are typically employed on relatively short-term contracts, and are funded by so-called 'soft money' to carry out a specific project for a PI.  This creates an immediate tension.  The specific project will have research objectives and deliverables that must be met to satisfy whoever is funding the work, and the PI will be assessed on whether these goals have been met.  However, a postdoctoral researcher will often have their own research interests and also career objectives.  A really successful postdoctoral project is one in which everyone's goals are met.  I will talk a little about my own experience of this process from the perspective of both sides and try and draw out some general thoughts for discussion.

2. In the discussion, we will aim to hear different views on what tensions can exist in meeting both a PI's and a postdoc's goals and what practical steps can be taken to ensure that everyone feels satisfied at the end of a project.

3. Topics will be: A brief personal background, types of goals that PIs and postdocs typically have, how these map out into a Venn diagram view, methods for achieving all goals, discussion.

Dr Andrew Flewitt Biography

Dr Flewitt, who is a member of the University Engineering Department, received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1998 investigating the growth of hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin films using scanning tunnelling microscopy. Andrew stayed in the Engineering Department following the Ph. D. as a Research Associate sponsored by Philips Research Laboratories working on the low temperature fabrication of thin film transistors for liquid crystal displays. Andrew was appointed to Lectureship in August 2002, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006 and made Reader in Electronic Engineering in 2009. Current research interests include the degradation mechanisms of amorphous silicon thin films transistors, zinc oxide thin film transistors and silicon nanowires-polymer composite semiconductor materials. More recently, research activities have included the study of MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS). Of particular interest is the integration of silicon with plastics in devices and biological sensing devices based on surface and bulk  acoustic wave devices.

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