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Future Ready: Employer Engagement Event

This three-part online event will provide a better insight of the career options and recruitment processes for PhD-qualified individuals. It will introduce you to industry and academic experts, and give you an opportunity to ask questions.

Your Future Career
December 2, 2021
Microsoft Teams
10:00 - 13:30

Part 1: My career as a PhD Graduate (10 am - 10.50 am) 

Two PhD holders highlight a variety of different career directions for PhD graduates, the skills they have gained by doing a PhD and how they transfer these skills into their day-to-day work environments and their lives. 

Guest speakers: Niamh McCabe - PhD Oncology & Molecular Biology Translational Research Coordinator at The Irish Cancer Society

Zoe Jones - PMO Analyst at PwC - PhD Management 


Part 2: The employer's perspective (11.10 am - 12.00 pm) 

Hear from our industry speakers:

AlmacDr Frances Weldon – STEM Outreach Manager 

Ivan Houston – Technical Capabilities Manager Liberty IT

Matthew McMullan – Senior Data Scientist Allstate

Mark O’Flaherty – Chief information officer BT

It is expected our employers will highlight the types of roles that would be suitable for candidates with a Masters, PhD and/or postdoctoral experience in their company, their recruitment process,  as well as what they are looking for in candidates like you.  

Part 3: A career in academia (12.30 pm to 1.30 pm) 

3 Leading academics to discuss career paths, challenges and opportunities within academia. 

Followed by Academic Executive search firm Witt Kieffer, who will discuss what they look for when recruiting early and experienced career academics (profile, output etc) and what our students should be aiming for if this is their career path of choice. 

Meet the Academic Panel

Professor Kevin Vowles holds a chair as Professor of Clinical Health Psychology at Queen’s University – Belfast. Prior to that he was a Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. For the past two decades, Kevin has worked as a clinical academic in the area of chronic pain, its assessment, effective treatment, interdisciplinary interventions, and the interface of chronic pain and substance use.

Professor Isabel Torres – School of Arts, English, and Languages (QUB). Isabel was appointed to a Golden Age lectureship at Queen’s in 1991. She holds a personal Chair in Spanish Golden Age Literature. She is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the British Academy, and Corresponding Fellow of the Real Academia Española.

Professor Karen McCloskey is the Director of the Queen’s Gender Initiative (QGI) and Academic Lead for Athena Swan. She chairs the institutional SAT and has been an advocate for gender equality in academia since 2012. She has co-led departmental (silver and gold) and institutional (silver) Athena Swan applications and has served as a panellist. Karen is a Professor of Physiology where her urology research programmes bring together cell physiology and molecular biology disciplines to understand the complex cellular signalling systems which underpin normal bladder function and become dysregulated in bladder disease.