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Self Awareness using MBTI


When: Thursday 15th March, 2.15-5.15

Where: James Dyson Seminar Room


The aim of the workshop is to understand more about yourself and your preferences for energy, information, decision making and how you organise yourself.  Once you have a good grasp of what makes you tick, we will consider ways of improving your relationships with others through practical exercises and discussions.

Session Aims:

  • To introduce Myers Briggs Type Indicator theory
  • To understand more about how you like to work
  • To explore different ways to communicate with people who may have different preferences to you

Making Engineering presentations with impact: A Masterclass in how to present 


We are fortunate to have Dr Jean-Luc Doumont, an engineer and physicist, coming to talk to us on Tuesday March 20th. 

Strong presentation skills are a key to success for engineers, scientists, and others, yetmany speakers are at a loss to tackle the task. Systematic as they otherwise can be in their work, they go at it intuitively or haphazardly, with much good will but seldom good results. In this talk, Dr Doumont proposes a systematic way to prepare and deliver an oral presentation: he covers structure, slides, and delivery, as well as stage fright.

Book now if you want a place:

Information sessions for Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowships

** West Cambridge site **

When: Wednesday 14th February, 14:00-15:00
Where: Orange Boardroom, Maxwell Centre, West Cambridge site

If you're interested in the Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowships scheme and want to know more/ask questions, please come to our information session with Dr Tom Simmons, a current Borysiewicz fellow.


Refreshments will be provided. Please e-mail Joanna Waldie (jw353 'at' by Monday 12 February to let me know you are coming

** Biomedical campus **

When: Thursday 15th February, 12:30 – 2:00pm
Where: Postdoc Centre at the Biomedical Campus

There will be a drop-in information session on 15th February 2018 at the Postdoc Centre at the Biomedical Campus.
Just pop in any time between 12:30 and 2pm. Staff from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will be around and happy to answer any questions you may have.

For more info visit

For a map see here:


Winning a Research Fellowship

DATE/LOCATION: Friday 16 February, 12.30-2pm, Lecture Room 3 (LR3), CUED

If you are thinking of applying for a career development fellowship – one that pays your salary, as well as supporting costs to set up your own research group – then don’t miss this event.

The Department’s Director of Research, Philip Guildford, will give his tips and advice for potential applicants, followed by a number of current fellowship holders (including EPSRC, RAEng, Leverhulme, Marie Curie), who will share their own experiences. 

Topics include how to apply for, manage and use fellowships, how to be successful and top tips. Lunch will be provided.

This event is organised by the Engineering Department Postdoc Committee ( and is open to all postdocs and any PhD students nearing completion and thinking about applying for such fellowships.

Please register to confirm your booking for catering purposes: the event will be limited to the first 50 that sign up.

Sign up here:



ROADMap: enhanced optical networks for a high-quality internet experience

DATE/LOCATION: Tuesday 14th November 2017, 18:00-20:00, Rayleigh Seminar Room, The Maxwell Centre, JJ Thomson Avenue.


On Tuesday 14th November, Karl Heeks, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at ROADMap Systems Limited, will give a talk about the research that spun out of the Department of Engineering, the relationship with Cambridge Enterprise and the technology that they are now developing.

 ROADMap Systems Limited, spun out of research developed at the Electrical Engineering division of the Department of Engineering. As telecom networks are under increasing pressure due to the ever higher demands from users for streaming video, online gaming and data-hungry applications, ROADMap is working on a new type of optical switch, used to create Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers (ROADMs), a fast-expanding part of optical telecom networks, and enabling the flexible use of different wavelengths of light that carry traffic through the network.

 This event will provide a networking opportunity to meet like-minded people with an interest in entrepreneurship and is open to academics, postdocs, PhDs and undergraduates alike from across all departments at the University.


Further information and details on how to register can be found here.


Cambridge Enterprise and Postdoc Business Plan Competition Grand Finale!

DATE/LOCATION: Thursday 2 November 2017 6-9pm, The Theatre, Peterhouse College, Cambridge

Register here to attend

Join to watch the finalists pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges as part of an audience that includes postdocs, senior University members, mentors and investors. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded, with a first prize of £20k investment. 

The prize-giving will be followed by a networking reception and refreshments.

Speakers include: 

Ed Newton-Rex, Founder of Jukedeck

Richard Bowman, Founder of Waterscope and previous competition entrant

The competition offers the chance for University postdocs to win early stage funding for their business ideas. Finalists received support to improve their plans, including high-level mentoring from Cambridge Enterprise’s network, pitching training and a workshop for guidance on IP issues.

 Last year’s finalists were so outstanding that the judges chose two first prize winners, each receiving £20,000 investment. They were CamGaN Devices, created by Dr Giorgia Longobardiand and Netwookie, created by Dr Max Bock.

 Sponsors of this event include Marks and Clerk, Parkwalk Advisors, Cambridge Innovation Capital and Barclays Eagle Labs. The competition is run collaboratively between Cambridge Enterprise and the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge.


CE Commercialisation Roadshow 2017

DATE/LOCATION: September to November 2017

Cambridge Enterprise will be holding a series of departmental Roadshow events showcasing some of the most prominent research that has spun out of the university. These events will provide a networking opportunity to meet like-minded people with an interest in entrepreneurship and is open to academics, postdocs and PhDs alike from across all departments at the University.

CEGX: The spinout that’s measuring the epigenome to improve human health

DATE/LOCATION: Tuesday 12th September 2017, 18:00-20:00


Not your typical spin out: How ICthinking is changing society and preventing extremism

DATE/LOCATION: Wednesday 11th October 2017, 18:00-20:00


ROADMap: the spin-out developing technology to improve efficiency of fibre optic networks

DATE/LOCATION: Tuesday 14th November 2017, 18:00-20:00



Are you considering becoming a consultant?-You might be interested in Cambridge Enterprise Consultancy 101 worksho 

DATE/LOCATION: Wednesday 4th October, Cormack Room, University Centre, Mill Lane 


Cambridge Enterprise is holding  the next workshop for individuals considering becoming a consultant, and for those who are already consulting but wish to gain further insight on how to work more effectively, get the best price for their skills and to simplify admin work.

Cambridge Enterprise is delighted to be offering this free workshop in how to effectively manage consultancy projects, sharing expertise on best practice, tips on making life easier and trouble-shooting for some of the key issues faced by consultants.


The tenth round of the Returning Carers' Scheme.

Applications are invited from academics, researchers and employees whose primary role is undertaking research for funding to support career development following a career break or a period of leave for caring responsibilities.

Examples of activities that have been funded by the Scheme include:

· Attendance at conferences in the UK and overseas

· Short-term research support, for example to generate preliminary data to support research grant applications

· Teaching 'buy-outs' for college or departmental teaching

· Travel and accommodation costs of research collaborators coming to Cambridge (to reduce the need for the returning carer to travel and to support work-life balance)

· Indirect childcare expenses, for example, the travel and accommodation expenses of the person looking after an accompanying child while the researcher/academic attends a conference overseas

· Secondments or short term research assignments (for example to an external laboratory)

· Training to support career development

· Support for assistance in grant writing

· Training to support career development

· Equipment purchase to support independent research

The updated guidance and application form are available on the HR Division website, as follows:



National Postdoc Meeting: Postdocs, Policy and the Future

DATE/LOCATION: 19-20 September 2017, The Postdoc Centre at Eddington, Cambridge

National Postdoc Meeting is hosted by the Postdocs of Cambridge (PdOC) Society and the University of Cambridge. The meeting aims to bring together representatives from research staff associations (RSAs) from around the UK and all interested postdocs.

The meeting will give postdocs from all different disciplines and research institutions in the UK a chance to meet and network with each other and with invited guests and speakers from the academic and research policy world. Additionally the meeting will fall during what is known in the US as the Postdoc Appreciation Week which will be celebrated!




EPSRC Physical Sciences Early Career Researcher Workshops

DATE/LOCATION: Thurs 5th October (Bristol), Tues 17th October (Manchester)


The EPSRC Physical Sciences theme will be holding 2 one day workshops for ECRs in October. The purpose of these events includes to communicate EPSRC policy changes around the transition from First Grants to New Investigator Awards, changes to our Fellowship priority areas and to facilitate career development and contact with colleagues. Engagement with a broad range of ECRs is part of the theme mission and goals.

The workshops are being held in Bristol and Manchester on 5th October and 17th October 2017 respectively.  An expression of interest form is being used to aid selection of attendees. Applications to express interest in attending are open until 18th August 17.00. The link to the EOI and further information can be found here:


Information on Applying for Housing at North West Cambridge

Postdocs employed by the University, Colleges, and Partner Institutes can now apply to rent accommodation on the North West Cambridge (NWC) site, which is due to be completed from spring 2017 onwards.

Here is some information about what is available, how eligibility and priority on the waiting list is calculated and how to apply.

* The first phase of accommodation is due to be available from Spring 2017. This will consist of around 700 furnished 1 & 2 bedroom apartments.  Maximum occupancy is a household of two adults and one child.

* Rents on the NWC site are subsidised and will vary for each individual or household - they will be calculated based on 30% of household income.

* To be eligible for NWC accommodation you must have a contract of at least 18 hours/week with the University, College, or Partner Institute - and you must have at least 12 months remaining on your contract.

* You can apply now via the Accommodation Service website - you can find more info on how to do this and some things to bear in mind when applying for NWC housing here.

* Applicants are placed on the waiting list for NWC accommodation in one of eight categories, with the highest priority given to those new to Cambridge.

The Accommodation Service website:

If you have questions, you can contact Ruth Mann, Area Housing Manager, at