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Early career researchers
At the end of 2011 the centre launched an Early Career Researchers group.
This group meets every two weeks and each meeting includes a presentation and the opportunity for informal discussion.
It is aimed at giving researchers in the early stage of their careers a supportive environment to discuss research plans, progress and problems and to develop presentation, chairing and participation skills.
Although aimed primarily at research assistants, PhD students and postdoc researchers, the group is open to anyone in the centre.
The period after finishing a PhD can be daunting. It is competitive and the next steps to take in your research career are not always clear.
One of our key aims at the centre is to support postdoc researchers to develop as independent researchers and to gain fellowships and grant applications.
Through formal training opportunities, sharing the collective experience of senior researchers and creating opportunities for skills development, we hope to encourage postdoctoral researchers to develop their careers in epidemiology and biostatistics.
Support in getting grants and funding
"Centre members have been very supportive in pointing me towards relevant sources of funding, and helping me to refine my ideas for proposals and think strategically about how to emphasise my strengths. There is lots of experience to draw upon within the centre, both in terms of staff with successful funding records and those who sit on relevant funding boards. Great for mock interviews!"
Opportunities to gain new research skills
"As part of UCL, and through its statistical expertise, ICH as an organisation is very supportive of professional development, offering high quality statistical and operational research training. Moreover, where training has been required which was not offered in-house, I have been encouraged to attend courses and to present at conferences externally.”
"Coming to the centre after finishing my PhD gave me a great opportunity to be involved in a high-quality research environment. The challenges and benefits of research problems in child health epidemiology are really interesting and motivating, and offered me an opportunity not only to produce useful results but also to continue learning."
Opportunities for collaboration
"I’ve been at the MRC CECH for a year now, working as a postdoc on an NIHR- funded project about childhood obesity. I’ve had the chance to work with a great team both on my research project and in the Centre for Policy Research. Through my project, I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with world-leading academics in my field. The project has both qualitative and quantitative components, and has involved working with partners in the public and third sectors as well as colleagues in several disciplines.”
Chances to develop leadership and management skills
"Soon after I finished my PhD I was asked to supervise a new PhD student. This was an excellent opportunity for me to experience the PhD process from a different angle, and gain some important supervisory skills. Becoming a third supervisor is a good way for postdocs to take on new responsibilities, as part of the transition to the next stage of an academic career."
"I’ve had the opportunity to get involved in the centre’s MSc programme through teaching and supervising dissertations, and I’ve recently become a subsidiary supervisor to a PhD student. I feel very lucky to have been able to do this so early on in my post-doc career."
"Through my project I have significantly developed my project management skills and, through working with the research assistant on our team, have developed my ability to delegate responsibility to others."
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