There is a fantastic opportunity for two postdocs to attend the Pathway to Independence Programme on 5-7 June at the Moller Centre in Cambridge, with all costs covered by CRUK head office.
Pathway to Independence – what’s it all about?
This prestigious programme aims to help future scientific research leaders prepare for the aspects of team leader roles that can be most challenging e.g. developing a sustainable research strategy, obtaining funding, managing teams.
This programme is unique in that it is provided by leading UK scientists and research professionals, many of whom have been through the process of becoming an independent scientist. These include recently appointed team leaders and top UK scientists who sit on funding panels and are involved in recruiting and mentoring junior team leaders.
The transition from postdoctoral researcher to independent team leader presents a significant challenge, not only given the competitive nature of securing this funding or these positions, but in the change in the ‘day job’. Frequently team leaders spend much less time doing actual laboratory research, and instead find themselves occupied with writing (e.g. papers, grant applications), teaching (lectures, seminars), recruiting and managing a team, project and budget planning, and managing collaborations. The emphasis changes from delivering results as an individual to delivering results through a team of others. The programme aims to help support individuals secure independent positions and funding, and prepare new team leaders for these challenges so that they can start their independent research career off on the best footing.
Who is eligible to apply?
The “Pathway to Independence; Developing future scientific leaders” programme is open to postdocs from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and ICR, with a small number of places also available for BBSRC, MRC and CRUK sponsored institutes, and EBI.
The course is recommended for postdocs aiming to apply for independent research roles within the next 6 – 18 months. Places are limited.
What do you need to do?
If you are a postdoc interested in applying for a place on this Programme, please contact Katie.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and an application. The closing date for application is Monday 8 May. The selection of two candidates will be made by members of the CRUK Cambridge Centre Executive Board by Friday 19 May.