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Fellowships: What you need to know - Wednesday 5 December

Come to our flagship event on fellowships designed for you. It only happens every 2 years, so don’t miss out!


The fellowships we are covering: early career postdoc fellowships (morning session) and career development fellowship (afternoon)

Why we’re putting this on for you: Fellowships are a great way to try out your own research ideas and gain research independenceand we want to increase your chances of getting one!

Who is speaking: We’re bringing together a diverse group of postdocs who have been successful getting fellowships, as well as senior academics who regularly assess applications and candidates, to answer all your questions. 

Find out what it takes: Find out how people came up with ideas, what makes a good proposal and what they wished they’d known before.

Meet Funders: Representatives from the major funding bodies are coming to chat to you over lunch.

You can attend the morning or afternoon session, or both, depending on what is most relevant to your career stage.

Book the Early Career Fellowship - am session - funding for early in your postdoc covers your salary only are usually taken up early in the postdoctoral period. This session is most useful to final year science PhD students and postdocs with less than 2 years’ experience
Book the Career Development Fellowship - pm session – funding for later in your postdoc to set up your own research group. This event is open to all science postdocs. It is not open to PhD students, but PhD students are encouraged to attend the morning session on early career fellowships







Effective strategies for managing your research data (beginners session) 

Monday 3 September, 10am-12noon, 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 5

 Intended for those who are new to RDM, this course will firstly explain what RDM is, and then go on to cover basic data back-up and storage options, file sharing tools, and strategies for organising your data, as well as providing guidance on managing personal or sensitive data. You will also learn about the range of support services available to you within the University for managing your data. 



Effective strategies for managing your research data (advanced session) 

Wednesday 5 September, 2pm-4pm, 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 5

This course gives a brief recap on RDM and then covers managing personal and sensitive data in the context of the new GDPR legislation, why it is a Good Thing to share your data, and how to do this most effectively in terms of describing your data, deciding where to share it, and using licences to control how your data is used by others. You will even get to write your own Data Management Plan (DMP): these help you manage your data throughout a project and after it has ended and are increasingly required as part of a grant or fellowship application. You will also learn about the range of support services available to you within the University for managing your data. 

Both workshops are designed for STEM graduate students, although other researchers are welcome. Bookings are made through the University Training Booking System. If you have any questions, contact the OSC team at


Get an insight into technology consulting: career paths for science postdocs and PhD students

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 5.00pm - 7.00pm, Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room

Technology Consultancy brings together engineers and scientists to solve some of the world’s hardest problems. If you are highly ambitious, driven to stay close to cutting edge technology, and want to make an impact on the world, Technology Consultancy could be the career for you. 

Join TTP for talks and networking at the University of Cambridge Postdoc Centre on Tuesday 3rd July. Find out about the world of Technology Consultancy and what it looks like in a day-to-day life based on first hand experiences. A networking session with pizza and beer will round up the event.

Book your place at



Get an insight into Technology Consulting

TTP are providing an evening of talks and networking for postdocs at the University of Cambridge. Come and find out about the world of Technology Consultancy, workplace culture and job applications.

Date: Tuesday 3 July 2018

Time: 17:00 - 19:00

Location: Eastwood Room, Postdoc Centre, University of Cambridge,

16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1SB


17:00 - 17:30 Technology Consultancy - an exciting career path for high-skilled researchers - Dr Abi Graham, Consultant

17:30 - 18:00 The evolution of people and projects at TTP - Dr Jamie Collin, Consultant

18:00 - 19:00 Networking with pizza and beer

This event is for University of Cambridge postdocs. 

Register your attendance at




“Latest advances in U.S. project delivery research and its impact on project performance” - Dr Mounir El Asmar

Friday 22nd June 2018 in the JDB Seminar Room from 11.00 - 12.00.


See more:



The Cambridge Postdoc Business Plan Competition 2018: Move your business idea forward


Cambridge Enterprise and the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge (EPOC) have launched the 2018 Postdoc Business Plan Competition for postdocs of the University of Cambridge; a fantastic opportunity for anyone with a passion for entrepreneurship and an idea to explore.
Submit your business plan today and..
- Win funding for your idea of up to £20k
- Receive mentoring and support
- Network with like-minded postdocs
- Pitch to high-profile investors and technology transfer experts.
The competition offers applicants the chance to win early funding for their business ideas, with awards of £20k, £10k, £5k for the three winners.

Find more:




Want help writing a paper, funding proposal, report, application for a Fellowship?

  Anthony Haynes, our writing skills mentor currently has good availability, this week,  and through until end of July, as some extra dates have been added to his schedule.


Intercultural Communication 

June 6, 10-12 , Oatley Meeting Room

Culture plays a big part in how we communicate, and in Cambridge's diverse and multicultural environment, we constantly communicate with people whose cultural communication norms differ from ours. It is all too easy for misunderstandings to arise. 

This session will help you to work effectively here, in the Department, and across countries and cultures, in international teams and in leadership /managerial roles, in academia and beyond.




Lunchtime Talk - ‘The Challenge of Research-Based Consultancy’ – hosted by Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd

 27th June 12.30 – 2pm, LT6 


Are you a  Postdoc looking for the next step in your career?

Are you looking for a way to pursue your research expertise?

 CAR is an innovative research-based consultancy with 30 years’ experience and we are on the lookout for new people to work through CAR and add to CAR’s scope of expertise.

 Please come to talks and discussion led by CAR (Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd) on 27th June 12.30 – 2pm

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering, Trumpington St, Lecture Room LT6

For more details and to sign up please follow the link to our Eventbrite page:

Lunch will be provided. 


BREAKING THE SILENCE –  Where you draw the line?


The School of Technology is dedicated to creating and maintaining a safe, welcoming, inclusive and diverse community that nurtures a culture of mutual respect and consideration. It is important that as a School we embed and share good practice, encourage an open and transparent culture where individuals feel able to come forward to raise issues and have the confidence that they will be dealt with in a fair and robust manner.

As part of this campaign the School of Technology will be holding an event designed to support us in working together to become a more inclusive community, hosted by Dr Miriam Lynn from the Equality and Diversity Section and Tracy Brooks School of Technology Human Resources Business Manager. The aim of the session is to support individuals across the School to foster an inclusive working environment, to give advice on 'where to draw the line' and also highlight the support and guidance available for members of the University (both staff and students are welcome) in relation to sexual harassment and misconduct.

Date: June 14th

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1

Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

To book  please register here


Date: June 19th

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Venue: Lecture Theatre 4

Cambridge Judge Business School

To book please register here


More University staff members eligible to live at Eddington with new homes available


Eddington (North West Cambridge Development) is now open to the community and is currently home to approximately 200 staff members alongside over 300 post-graduate students. Additional subsidised properties have now been completed and are ready to move into. If you are new to Cambridge or interested in renting accommodation near to the city then I would encourage you to find out more about the homes at Eddington. 

Eddington is the new district situated between Huntingdon Road and Madingley Road and is a purpose-built new neighbourhood for the University and wider community. It has a primary school, state-of-the-art community and performing arts centre, Sainsbury’s supermarket, parkland and sporting facilities in addition to housing available on the open market for sale. For more information visit

For further information, please see the FAQs on the University Accommodation Service website:

 Lodge Property Services, which is part of the University Accommodation Service, will be managing the process of allocating the homes. To make an application to be considered for housing at Eddington, please register with the Accommodation Service here:

Allocation of properties will take place from May 2018 for occupation from summer 2018 onwards. If you have any further questions, please refer to the FAQs on the Accommodation Service website or contact Lodge Property Services via email at



Individual writing support is available for all early career researchers in Engineering.

There are currently  5 sessions  available next  Thursday, May 17: 10am, 10.45,11.30, 2.15,14.00 and 14.45.

Book a session  directly using the link :

 Do take advantage of this great opportunity to work with Anthony Haynes who has been Visiting Professor at Beijing Normal University and Hiroshima University, is a professional publisher and an alumnus of Trinity. He has worked with researchers in the Department of Engineering for many years. 


 Postdoc Business Plan Competition - Launch Night

Cambridge Enterprise and the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge (EPOC) shall be hosting a launch event on Wednesday 2nd May (6-8pm) for the Postdoc Business Plan Competition 2018 at the Postdoc Centre on Mill Lane.

This event will help postdocs learn more about the competition process and, if interested, start developing an application.

The programme shall include:

  • A guide to the application process
  • Speeches from three previous competition winners - giving their take on what the competition was like and how it helped them
  • A drinks reception for a chance to meet and exchange ideas with previous contestants, EPOC members, Cambridge Enterprise staff and fellow postdocs.

I would be most grateful if you could circulate this event to your wider network of postdocs, and anyone else that might be relevant to the overall competition.

*Attendees must please register here to attend this event.


Opportunity for lecturing: Sutton Trust Summer School -- looking for volunteers from RA pool

The Sutton Trust allows us to run a taster week for students considering studying engineering. The students are from state schools and in particular underprivileged background, but may typically with a profile of GSCEs and A-levels towards the physical sciences. 
We run a week of lectures, labs and activities for them. This year the activity will take place during the week of 6-10 August. I am looking for volunteers for two activities: 
1) running a class on 'Solving physics problems': these are mechanics problems (the materials/ppt are ready), walking the students through how we go from A-level problems to university level material. This is a one hour lecture on 7 August at 9:15. 
2) running a session with the students on a website developed by Richard Prager: 
This is currently planned for 8 August 13:15
which guides the student on how to practice for A-levels, including interviews. 
There are 36 students in the session. 
If there are any volunteers, I would appreciate hearing from them. Good opportunity to put something different on your CV. 
There may be a small financial compensation, similar to a supervision level.
Professor Simone Hochgreb




Homerton College is looking to appoint experienced postdocs

Homerton College is in the process of expanding its undergraduate Engineering intake to 24 students per year. We have been approached by the Master of Homerton College to help with the provision of supervisors for Parts IA and IB of the Engineering Tripos. 


The College is looking to appoint experienced postdocs within the Department with at least 5-years’ experience on short-term supervisor contracts that will be paid at the standard supervision rate, although there may be other benefits associated with the appointment. Each post-doc will be required to supervise up to 4-hours per week during term-time.


Anyone interested should first discuss this with their PI, who would need to support an application. Expressions of interest should be made in the first instance to Research Office (, with a brief description (one paragraph) of your background and research interests and an indication of which Part I courses you would be prepared to supervise.




Shanghai Thomas Experimental High School (STEHS)

Recruitment of Part-time External Research Advisors



Shanghai Thomas Experimental High School (STEHS) is an innovative high school focused on delivering STEM/STEAM education using project-based, interdisciplinary learning methodologies to produce vibrant and meaningful learning communities and graduates who are equipped to thrive in a rapidly evolving technological world.

Science competence and global vision are the essential elements to student success at STEHS. To achieve such image, Grade 10 students are encouraged to work on a year-long project with the help and input from both internal and external advisors. STHES is looking to appoint part-time academic mentors from leading Universities, and academics from Cambridge University are particularly welcome to join this experimental and meaningful mentorship program.


10 advisors from the academic (faculty), post-doctoral, research fellowship community


Part-time work

5 working days on-site pa (August, Shanghai)

5 working days on-line pa


Academic Tutorial Areas

Computer Systems

Engineering Design

Analytical Chemistry   





Tutors will provide academic guidance across the curriculum, including: 

-       The role of research in teaching;

-       The selection of research topics;

-       Recommendation of subject-based reference documents and related readings;

-       Effective argument and debate;

-       The use of experimental data;

-       Academic writing.


Other responsibilities will include:

-       Participation in a mid-term review;

-       Appraisal of final presentations;

-       Collaboration with internal advisors;

-       Participation in the yearly review.


More information soon.





Free Mindfulness and Meditation Course for Postdocs

When: Thursday lunchtimes (15th, 22nd, 29th March and 5th April), 13:00-14:00
Where: 17 Mill Lane, Central Cambridge

This short course run by the University Staff Counselling Service will look at using mindfulness and meditation as resources to improve your wellbeing. Each session will begin and end with a simple meditation or breathing practice. Topics discussed will include negative self-talk, psychological self-care strategies and how to manage emotions. No experience of meditation is eeded and you won't have to share any personal information or experiences.

For more information or to sign up, please e-mail If you're interested but you can't make these 
dates/times/location, please also get in touch, because we will run further courses in future.




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:


Cambridge Carbon Challenge 2018 now open for submissions

You are invited to submit your innovative ideas for reducing air miles and finding alternatives to flying within the University. Contribute to University efforts to reduce carbon emissions in one of the most challenging yet significant aspects of the University’s carbon footprint. 

 To find out more and to submit your idea, visit:



New skills development programme: Engage For Change

If you are excited by the prospect of implementing innovative solutions to sustainability challenges, this new 6-week programme funded by the University’s Environment and Energy team is for you:


Engage for Change is for people who want to learn to make change happen, through effective conversations with those around and above them. You will develop the skills to design, implement and evaluate your own environmental sustainability-related interventions, using the University as a testing-ground.



University’s Research Data Management Facility Survey

The University’s Research Data Management Facility continues to work on improving the services they offer our research community and they need our input.

By filling the survey, we will help to develop the University’s strategy for research data handling, one that reflects our researcher needs. Additionally, they will compare current research data management approaches at our University with other institutions around the world.

This link will take you to a survey on research data practices at the University.

If you are interested in finding out about an innovative Data Champions programme at the University,  please go to:



Support of Postdoc Parents and Families Survey

The PdOC Society are thinking about what more we can do to support postdocs parents and families in Cambridge. If you are interested in this (whether you're a parent or not) please help us by filling in the short survey at:

If you have problems accessing the survey, or if you prefer to give us feedback by e-mail instead, please contact:




North West Cambridge (Eddington) Survey

Help improve the University's new initiative to relieve the housing situation for its members. Whether you are currently living in Eddington, are soon going to be living there, or have recently been unlucky while applying for a flat: your feedback will be appreciated and will make Eddington a better experience for everyone.

The survey should not take more than 5 minutes of your time and the results that will be publicized will not allow for the identification of individual feedback. The summary of our findings will be presented to the University's Accommodation Syndicate and to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Fill in the survey at:



Christ’s College MCR invites postdocs employed at the University of Cambridge and its affiliated institutions to apply to its new postdoc affiliation scheme.

Membership at a Cambridge College provides a unique academic and social environment. Not only do College members gain access to sports, dining and study facilities, but the environment also encourages interaction between academics in diverse fields and across all career stages. The Christ’s College MCR postdoctoral affiliation scheme aims to provide an opportunity for postdocs to experience the collegiate environment at Cambridge. Visit our website for more details:


We are opening applications to postdoctoral researchers who have an interest in being active members of Christ’s College MCR. In order to apply, please send a completed application form (attached), CV, and short statement of interest (maximum single A4 page) to Tess [].

The deadline for this round of applications is 
31st January 2018.

Successful applicants may be invited to give a brief research talk in front of the graduate students at Christ’s College MCR. 

For any queries, please get in touch with Hayden [].



The Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowship Programme

Application deadline: 17:00 on Monday 26 February 2018.

The Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowships have been developed in honour of Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, a pioneer in the biomedical sciences, who when Vice-Chancellor of the University led and shaped the development of key provisions for Cambridge’s postdoc community.

The Borysiewicz Fellowships will take outstanding Cambridge postdocs and develop them into motivated, strategic future leaders ready to pursue a range of global questions and problems. The programme will provide a unique mixture of purposeful and outcome-driven engagement opportunities for postdocs both within and outside their area of expertise, which will develop their skills as leaders and lead to a chance to pursue truly independent work on novel ideas.

In the first year, Fellows will embark on a set of flexible, outcome-driven trainings and experiences intended to develop leadership and teamwork skills. In parallel, Fellows will spend time in small groups, pursuing a Global Challenge in collaboration with mentors and experts from industry, enterprise, policy, government and academia leading to a tangible output. This will be completed alongside a Fellow’s existing research contract.

Fellows will then have the opportunity to bid for a period of independent time to pursue their own work. The projects can be anything from a conventional research project, to starting a business, to political or civil society-engagement.

The Fellowships are designed to provide career enhancement to support outstanding researchers seeking to shape the future for the betterment of society. Therefore strong emphasis will be placed on the leadership potential of the candidates.

Full details about the programme timetable, eligibility & assessment criteria, and how to apply, can be found here.

Applications must be submitted to no later than 17:00 on Monday 26 February 2018. Any questions can also be directed to


New Departmental Policy Enabling Postdocs to Apply for Small Grants

The Department has announced a new policy enabling postdocs to apply for small grants. Research Associates and Senior Research Associates may be the named applicant for small grants and manage the grants they win, providing:

  • the manager/supervisor provides an email to confirm that he/she:
    • considers it appropriate to allow the Research Associate to be the applicant named on the grant application
    • undertakes to review the management of the grant on a regular basis
    • agrees to take financial and management responsibility should a problem arise
  • the applicant:
    • is eligible under the sponsor’s rules
    • is currently employed by the University of Cambridge in the Department of Engineering with an end date (or funding end date if the contract of employment is open ended) that lies beyond the end date of the new proposed grant
    • completes training under the policy against bribery and corruption before submitting the grant application
    • understands that permission to be an applicant for a small grant under this policy does not give them Principal Investigator (PI) status for grants outside this policy
  • the application:
    • has a total grant value of less than or equal to GBP30k excluding VAT
    • requests grant funding that will be used to pay only costs such as travel, equipment, consumables, facilities, design services and technical services
    • does not risk confusing the definition of PI status with sponsors, under the REF, etc.

Anyone wishing to make a grant application should contact to benefit from advice and ensure the application is correctly processed.

Visit the Research and Finance Office's website for more information on Winning Grants and Funding Opportunities.


The Researcher Development Programme (RDP) will hold a specialised leadership programme for postdocs in 2018. Applications are now open.

Emerging Research Leaders’ Development Programme (ERLDP) to support postdocs aspiring to achieve research independence in order to lead a research group and/or become a research leader in any field. ERLDP provides an advanced leadership programme for those wishing to explore and consolidate their leadership practice over a four-month period within a multidisciplinary group.  

  • This cohort programme is intended for postdoctoral researchers from any discipline with at least two years’ postdoc experience.
  • To be eligible for the programme, you will have applied or be aiming to apply for independent research funding, and you will be currently responsible for managing/supervising students or others (officially or unofficially).
  • ERLDP will run from January to April 2018 with sessions meeting at St John’s Old Divinity School.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday, 23rd October 2017.

Follow this link to the programme description, dates, and application. 

Or click here:

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