Webinar on scientific publishing

Spotted this earlier today on LinkedIn.  We don’t have anyone from scientific publishing coming to speak at our PhD Horizons Careers Conference on 6th June (www.bit.ly/phdhorizons) so check out the webinar below if you think it may be an interesting career for you.

PhDs & Postdocs – learn more about editorial and publishing roles Nature Research (Publishing). Webinar 30th May.    Register here: go.nature.com/2rhTZmO

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Small research grants

Gradconsult is running their microgrants programme for the second year.  Applications are invited for small grants (the total pot of money available is £2,000) from researchers to support their research. The aim of these microgrants is to help researchers to kick-start their funding track record.

The key criteria for applicants are:

  • You must have less than 3 years’ experience post-PhD, or currently be working towards your PhD
  • If you have already received a research grant of £1,000 or more (excluding fee waivers/hardship bursaries etc) then you would not be eligible, but if you have had smaller grants that exceed a total value of £1,000, that’s not a problem

Applications are invited for any area of research, and the application process is not laborious.

Everything you need to know about the microgrants can be found, along with the application, at the link below.  Deadline for applications is 31st March 2018 at 23:59 GMT.

Further details

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PhD Internships – closing soon

If you are interested in gaining some work experience (in addition to teaching) in the University during your PhD then we currently have 3 Employ.ed for PhD internship opportunities that are closing soon.  Have a look at the job descriptions on MyCareerHub for further information.

uCreate Studio Makerspace Assistant Technician (closing midnight Monday 12 March)

Human Osteoarchaeology Collections Intern (closing midnight Monday 12 March)

Sustainability Researcher (closing 18 March)

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Science virtual careers fair

We’ve been notified about the online careers event below that may be of interest to some research students in the sciences.

Meet Recruiters Without Leaving Your Lab

Science Careers is excited to bring you an easy and efficient way to connect with select employers in Europe. Meet with representatives to learn about positions for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in Europe.

27 February 2018 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm ET

Why Attend This Event:

• Great Opportunity to network with an international audience
• Upload your resume/CV for potential employers
• No travel required – you can login from anywhere.

Register here

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Considering school teaching as a career?

Teenage students learning in classroom

If you think a career in teaching in schools may be of interest to you consider signing up for the Day in School opportunity organised by the Careers Service.  This offers the chance to go into a local school and gain an insight into teaching secondary level pupils.  There are two local schools taking part: a state secondary school (Liberton High School) and an independent school (Fettes College).

Dates are Liberton: Wednesday 7th February and Fettes: Thursday 8th February

Alongside being able to sign up to observe teaching of traditional subjects like Maths, English, Geography and Chemistry, there are opportunities to observe Economics (Fettes), Psychology (Liberton), Classical Civilisation (Fettes), and Politics (Fettes) available.  Students get to select a first and second choice of subject when booking so observation is more relevant.  Students can, and are encouraged, to attend both days to enable them to compare and contrast.

Places are limited so sign up soon if you are interested.

More information and to book at place for Liberton High School

More information and to book a place for Fettes College

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How employers interview

A recent survey of their members by the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) reported that 53% of their employers are now using video interviews as part of their recruitment process.   This is up from 6% in 2012.

Video interviews involve the candidate being given questions that are usually written  on-screen and then they have time to record their answers before submitting them to the employer.  It’s  very different experience to the traditional face to face interview as you do not get any non-verbal or verbal cues to gauge how well you are answering the questions.  Although you are unlikely to encounter video interviews if you are applying for academic teaching or research jobs, it seems it is a growing recruitment tool in other sectors of employment (as ISE members come from many different industry sectors).

The Careers Service are running a short online session covering video interviews (as well as Skype or phone interviews which can be used in academic recruitment if candidates are not in the country) on Thursday 25th January from 1:00pm to 1:50pm

For details of how to log in to the session go to the link below.

Top Tips: Video, Skype and Phone Interviews

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Academic CVs

We have a new quick video guide to Academic CVs on our website.  You may find it useful if you are making any academic applications in the near future – whether for an academic job or a fellowship.  There’s also some advice on academic cover letters in the guide below the video.

Guide to academic CVs

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