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Length: 1 day

When: 16 December 2020 (9:30 am to 4:30 pm)

Where: Online (Zoom link will be sent to registered participants)

Open to: priority will be given to MHLS postdocs (research fellows, senior research fellows, fellowship holders). Postdocs from other Faculties and other staff categories will also be welcome if places are available.

Places: 20 (we expect a lot of interest for this course. A waiting list will be created so please inform us as soon as possible if you can't attend anymore)

Cost: Free; but represents a significant investment from the PDC and attendance is compulsory once registered


This full day interactive course is designed to provide you with useful information to help you prepare for the next stage of your academic career. Is a lectureship the right thing for you? Can you make your academic career ambitions a reality? What is the application process like? How are the key skills recruiters are looking for in a lecturer? Where are the gaps in your CV? What can you do now to start filling in those missing areas?

Programme Objectives:

During this course, you will:
  • Discuss the academic career path
  • Look at current lectureship job descriptions to identify key skills
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses for career promotion
  • Analyse senior academic CVs
  • Peer-review each other's CVs
  • Create an action plan to maximise the potential of your lectureship application

You will need to send a PDF copy of your CV to the PDC by the 4th December 2020 to be able to take part in this course

**This course is now fully booked but you can still register to be placed on the waiting list**

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Feedback from postdocs (session from Jan 2020)

Average rating: 4.8/5

Recommended by: 100 %

Number of feedback received: 16

Feedback included:

"Great course, very eye opening, helped to have a clear vision of what is needed to take the next step"

"I was made aware of the gaps in my CV, and realised I'm still at least 5 years away from being competitive, but at least I know how to be strategic for the next few years!"

"It was brilliant! It covered all the things that are necessary and I learned a lot about which things I need to work and plan better"


Dr Karen Hinxman is a Consultant within the Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre at Imperial College London. She gained her PhD in Structural Biology from the University of York, before joining a research institute in Montreal, Canada. In 2011 she returned to the UK to take a postdoc position at the University of Warwick. Karen is passionate about helping postdocs reach their full potential and to achieve this, she provides a range of training and support to postdocs across Imperial College and is actively involved in the co-ordination of the Postdoc Reps Network.

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