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"The theory of the postdoc evolution" is the podcast from the PDC. Its aim is to provide postdocs with information helping them planning their careers.

It can be for example (but not only):

  • interviews of professionals about their job and career paths
  • interviews of experts on topics relevant to the postdoc experience (fellowships, REF, open access etc.)
  • tips from career development professionals
  • testimonies of postdocs about experiences that benefited their career
  • opportunities available for postdocs

Postdocs are encouraged to contribute to the podcast by proposing topics, guests, coming to talk on the podcast, sending questions for scheduled guests etc. As much as possible, we will provide opportunities for postdocs to meet with the guests of the podcast when requested.

While it is originaly designed for postdocs, "The theory of the postdoc evolution" could benefit many auditors and we welcome feedback from everyone!

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Available podcasts

#6 Managing clinical trials from home

Guests: Dr Shaun Spence

Hosts: Alice Dubois (Head of the PDC)

Recording date: 09/06/20 (editing by Stephen Mullan)

 

Description: In this episode, Dr Shaun Spence, Cluster Investigational Product Manager at Sanofi, takes us through his role and his career in clinical trials management. Shaun describes the skills needed to succeed in this field, the process of transitioning from academia to industry as well as his experience of working from home.

Listen online or download Episode #6

#5 The lectureship recruitment process (Part 2 of 2)

Guests: Prof Aaron Maule, Dr Karen McCutcheonDr Donna Small and Dr Paul McVeigh

Hosts: Alice Dubois (Head of the PDC)

Recording date: 17/02/20 (recording and editing by Stephen Mullan)

 

Description: In this podcast, we explore the lectureship recruitment process, gathering views from both members of recruitment panels, Prof Aaron Maule and Dr Karen McCutcheon, and recently appointed lecturers, Dr Donna Small and Dr Paul McVeigh. This second part focuses on Donna and Paul' profiles at the time they applied for their lectureships, application documents and interviews, as well as tips to get ready to apply.
This discussion is the continuation from episode #04.

Listen online or download Episode #5 

#4 The lectureship recruitment process (Part 1 of 2)

Guests: Prof Aaron Maule, Dr Karen McCutcheonDr Donna Small and Dr Paul McVeigh

Hosts: Alice Dubois (Head of the PDC)

Recording date: 17/02/20 (recording and editing by Stephen Mullan)

 

Description: In this podcast and the next, we will explore the lectureship recruitment process, gathering views from both members of recruitment panels, Prof Aaron Maule and Dr Karen McCutcheon, and recently appointed lecturers, Dr Donna Small and Dr Paul McVeigh. This first part focuses on generalities on lectureships and associated positions, the recruitment process and the profile of the ideal candidate.
This discussion continues in episode #5.

Listen online or download Episode #4 

#3 The REF and working in Research Policy

Guests: Chris Browne (esearch Policy Manager at Queen's University Belfast)

Hosts: Alice Dubois (Head of the PDC)

Recording date: 18/06/19 (recording and editing by Stephen Mullan)

Description: In this podcast, Chris Browne (Research Policy Manager in Queen's University Belfast) explains what the Research Excellence Framework (REF) is, what it is for, how it works and most importantly how it affects postdocs. Chris also discusses his role of Research Policy Manager and gives us an insight of other governmental assessment frameworks: TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) and KEF (Knowledge Exchange Framework).

Listen online or download Episode #3 

#2 Being self-employed and finding a job you love

Guests: Lucy McKenna (Funder of Full Aeon Ltd, Learning designer, facilitator and coach)

Hosts: Alice Dubois (Head of the PDC)

Recording date: 28/03/19 (recording and editing by Stephen Mullan)

 

Description: In this podcast, Lucy McKenna (Funder of Full Aeon Ltd, Learning designer, facilitator and coach) discusses her career path, her experience building her consultancy company and what it means to be self-employed. In her role, Lucy designs workshops and coaches people to help them feel fulfilled; she here shares with us a few tips on how to choose a career to be happy in life. Lucy also talks about one of her passions and gives us a glimpse of what work may look like in the future!

Listen or download Episode #2 

#1 Careers in scientific publishing

Guests: Tasha Mellins-Cohen (director of publishing for the Microbiology Society) and Helina Marshall (Postdoc in CEM; Junior editor for Access Microbiology)

Hosts: Alice Dubois (Head of the PDC)

Recording date: 20/11/18 (recording and editing by Stephen Mullan)

 

Description: In this podcast about careers in scientific publishing, guest Tasha Mellins-Cohen, director of Publishing for the Microbiology Society, talks about her role, career, types of positions in publishing and challenges faced by the sector. A QUB postdoc guest, Helina Marshall, also joins and shares her experience as a junior editor for Access Microbiology.

Listen or download Episode #1 

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Thank you to...

The PDC thanks all the podcasts guests, all the postdocs who propose topics, guests, questions or contribute to the podcast in any way and all those who listen!

Huge thanks to Stephen Mullan, Video Resources Producer at QUB, for recording and editing "The theory of the postdoc evolution"; Stephen is incredibly resourceful and this podcast wouldn't exist without him! Thanks also to Tony Furnell, Media Support Technician at QUB, for helping with technicalities related to the generation of an RSS feed for the podcast and registration with iTunes.

"The theory of the postdoc evolution" is recorded in Queen's University Belfast recording studio (for more information on recording podcast at Queen's, see the Video Production's page and the Mediasite's page).