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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 plan 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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You can listen to "The theory of the postdoc evolution":

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Episodes available

#15 Paul McCague: an insight into the education academic path

Guests: Dr Paul McCague, Senior Lecturer (Education) in the School of Pharmacy (QUB)

Hosts: Dr Niall Byrne, School of Pharmacy postdoc (intro by Dr Alice Dubois, Head of the PDC)

Recording date: 30/04/21 (editing by Alice Dubois)

 

Description: In this episode, Dr Paul McCague introduces the ins and outs of the education-focused academic path and how his passion for teaching and getting out of his comfort zone led him to embrace it as his career.

Listen to Episode #15 online

#14 Mary Malamatari: a career in drug regulation

Guests: Dr Mary Malamatari, Pharmaceutical Assessor at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

Hosts: Dr Suha Dadou, School of Pharmacy postdoc (intro by Dr Alice Dubois, Head of the PDC)

Recording date: 30/04/21 (editing by Alice Dubois)

 

Description: In this episode, Dr Mary Malamatari describes her role as a Pharmaceutical Assessor in the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency as well as how her path led her to drug regulation.

Listen to Episode #14 online

#13 Helen Coleman: progressing as an academic while maintaining a healthy work-life balance

Guests: Prof Helen Coleman, Professor in CPH (QUB)

Hosts: Dr Désirée Schliemann, CPH postdoc (intro by Dr Alice Dubois, Head of the PDC)

Recording date: 26/03/21 (editing by Alice Dubois)

 

Description: In this episode, Prof Helen Coleman from the Centre for Public Health at Queen's reflects on her career as an academic, including the factors that helped her progress quickly and tips on how she maintained a healthy work-life balance while still developing her profile.

Listen to Episode #13 online

#12 Donna Small: establishing her research niche and academic path with a fellowship

Guests: Dr Donna Small, lecturer in the PGJCCR (QUB)

Hosts: Dr Craig Davison, PGJCCR postdoc (intro by Dr Alice Dubois, Head of the PDC)

Recording date: 26/02/21 (editing by Alice Dubois)

 

Description: This episode features Dr Donna Small, lecturer in the Patrick G. Johnston Centre for Cancer Research. Donna notably discusses how she used a personal fellowship to turn her interests and experience into her own independent research niche fit to complement local research.

Listen to Episode #12 online

#11 Sarah Dolan: an MSL path towards commercial management

Guests: Dr Sarah Dolan, Commercial Manager in Medical Nutrition for Galen Ltd

Hosts: Dr Lauren Cairns, PGJCCR postdoc (intro by Dr Alice Dubois, Head of the PDC)

Recording date: 26/02/21 (editing by Alice Dubois)

 

Description: In this episode, Dr Sarah Dolan explains how a Medical Science Liaison role enabled her to transition from a postdoc in cancer research to her position as Commercial Manager in Medical Nutrition in Galen Ltd. In addition to details on her actual role, Sarah shares her experience working in industry, de-busting a few myths along the way.

Listen to Episode #11 online

#10 Derek Brazil's academic career and the benefits of travelling for research

Guests: Dr Derek Brazil, senior lecturer in WWIEM (QUB)

Hosts: Dr Claire Tonry, WWIEM postdoc (intro by Dr Alice Dubois, Head of the PDC)

Recording date: 11/12/20 (editing by Alice Dubois)

 

Description: In this episode, Dr Derek Brazil (senior lecturer at Queen's University Belfast) highlights the different steps in his career, including his experience of travelling the world for research, and shares some tips to succeed in academia.

Listen to Episode #10 online

#9 Brian Flatley: from biomarker discovery to start-up life

Guests: Dr Brian Flatley, Business Strategy and Engagement Director at S3 Connected Health

Hosts: Dr Claire Tonry, WWIEM postdoc (intro by Dr Alice Dubois, Head of the PDC)

Recording date: 11/12/20 (editing by Alice Dubois)

 

Description: In this episode, Dr Brian Flatley (Business Strategy and Engagement Director at S3 Connected Health) reflects on how a degree in forensics and a keen interest in commercialisation led him to a PhD in cancer biomarker discovery and a career in healthcare technology start-ups.

Listen to Episode #9 online

#8 What recruitment agencies are looking for

Guests: Claire Collinson (Core Science & Engineering Business Manager at Kinetica Ltd – Scientific & Engineering Recruitment) and Ryan Quinn (Managing Director - Java & Development Operations Specialist, at Vanrath)

Hosts: Dr Alice Dubois, Head of the PDC

Recording date: 24/11/20 (editing by Alice Dubois)

 

Description: In this episode, two recruiters from agencies involved in health-, engineering- and data-related recruitment discuss their experience recruiting candidates with PhDs and postdoctoral experience, including the type of roles they can move to. They also share tips for job seekers to get their online profile noticed, prepare a good application and get ready for interview, as well as how to approach their career.

Listen to Episode #8 online

#7 Peter Kerr: transitioning to industry and opportunities in the Almac group

Guests: Dr Peter Kerr, Head of Operations at Sonraí Analytics Ltd and Director Global Business Development at ARC Regulatory Ltd

Hosts: Dr Claire Tonry, WWIEM postdoc (intro by Dr Alice Dubois, Head of the PDC)

Recording date: 30/10/20 (editing by Alice Dubois)

 

Description: In this episode, Dr Peter Kerr (Head of Operations at Sonraí Analytics Ltd and Director Global Business Development at ARC Regulatory Ltd) reflects on his career, especially his transition to the industrial sector and his multiple roles within the Almac Group. Peter shines a light on the variety of roles available in industry and provide tips to get to know more about them.

Listen to Episode #7 online

#6 Managing clinical trials from home

Guests: Dr Shaun Spence, Cluster Investigational Product Manager at Sanofi

Host: Dr 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 to Episode #6 online

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

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

Host: Dr 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 to Episode #5 online 

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

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

Host: Dr 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 to Episode #4 online 

#3 The REF and working in Research Policy

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

Host: Dr 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 to Episode #3 online 

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

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

Host: Dr 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 to Episode #2 online 

#1 Careers in scientific publishing

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

Host: Dr 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 to Episode #1 online 

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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 his initial advice when creating the podcast as well as for recording and editing episodes 1 to 5.

Thanks also to Queen's Mediasite Support Team, Tony Furnell, Louis Farrell and Michael McCullough, for helping with technicalities and setting up the RSS feed and podcast registration with Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts.

Find more Podcasts created by Queen's on Queen's Podcasts List and for more information on recording podcasts, visit Queen's Podcasts Support page.