Early Career Researchers' Program - Engineering & Information Technologies

Target Audience

The 2013 program for Early Career Researchers aims to support participants in career planning, networking and the development of research management capacities.

This program is designed for Engineering and IT Early Career Researchers (ECRs) who satisfy the Australian Research Council (ARC) definition outlined on the ARC website.

It is important that participants commit to attending the first session, and at least four of the five following sessions.

The program consists of the following modules:

  • Session 1 - Career planning
  • Session 2 - Optimising Grant Success
  • Session 3 - Communicating about your Research / Industry Engagement
  • Session 4 - Research Ethics and Data Management
  • Session 5 - Writing for Publication
  • Session 6 - Meet your Mentor / Mentoring Program Kick-off

To register your expression of interest

To enquire about this program, send an email to learning.solutions@sydney.edu.au
Subject line to read: ECR - E&IT Expression of interest


Session 1 - Career planning

Presenter: Professor John Patterson
Duration: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Date: Friday 3 May 2013
Venue: Darlington Centre

Scientific careers may sometimes appear chaotic and out of our control, but there are strategies for maximising our chances of prospering and doing what we love. This module will review what is required by different career choices (eg. the demands of being a research team leader) and look in depth at the strategies that support those choices.

Objectives:

  • provide an opportunity to think about future career directions and evaluate what is possible and what participants are willing to commit to
  • review all aspects of track record and identify areas that need developing
  • begin formulating a comprehensive research career plan

Session 2 - Optimising Grant Success

Presenter: Dr Andrew Black and Jennifer Turner (Research Development)
Duration: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Date: Friday 10 May 2013
Venue: Darlington Centre

A major grant application is like an examination where you must score 100% - but then still it might not pass. Why are some people so often successful in their grant applications? Are they better scientists (perhaps they are), or just better at communicating their ideas to a highly critical scientific audience? Are there some simple skills that can be learned to maximise the chance of success in grant applications?

Prior to this session you will be asked to submit the Aims and Background sections of an ARC Discovery Project Proposal or NHMRC Project Grant Application. If you do not have an existing Proposal or Application in progress, please submit a draft hypothetical or future Project. This will be reviewed by senior researchers who will provide constructive feedback.
There will be more information provided at Workshop One.

Topics will include:

  • understanding the grant process
  • knowing what grants are available to researchers including grants from small granting bodies
  • being aware of the 'traps for young players'
  • understanding how to work most effectively with Research Development

Session 3 - Communicating about your Research / Industry Engagement

Presenter: Kieren Passmore, Thor Slater + input from experienced academics
Duration: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Date: Friday 17 May 2013
Venue: Darlington Centre

Is Industry Engagement a core part of your research strategy? What are the benefits of industry engagement and what is important to avoid? What are industry's expectations. It is also important to be able to speak about and write about your research in such a way as informs and intrigues those who are not experts. This can include bodies and potential Linkage partners.

Objectives:

  • to better understand the potential benefits of industry engagement to a research career
  • review the potential areas for research collaboration
  • to understand what Industry is looking for in research partnerships
  • to review some key components of selling your research to on-experts - know what to say and how to say it

Session 4 - Research Ethics and Data Management

Presenter: Rebecca Halligan, Belinda Norman and Mike Baker
Duration: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Date: Friday 24 May 2013
Venue: TBA

Researchers need to be informed regarding research integrity and responsible research practice. This module will familiarise researchers with the University's Code of Conduct for Responsible Research Practice and Guidelines for Dealing with Allegations of Research Misconduct. The session will also review the importance of active data management and how the University is supporting researchers to data manage more effectively.

The program will cover:

  • the codes covering the responsible conduct of research
  • managing complaints at the University
  • what are the most common areas where misconduct occurs
  • what is research data management and sharing?
  • carrot and the stick - what are the benefits and obligations?
  • data management planning - what, why and how?
  • tools and resources available at the University of Sydney

Session 5 – Writing for Publication

Presenter: Dr Andrew Black and Jennifer Turner (Research Development)
Duration: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Date: Friday 31 May 2013
Venue: Darlington Centre

Once you have chosen the right journal it is important to ensure you meet the requirements for publication. Then it is important to maximise your chances the paper will be accepted.

Prior to this session you will be asked to submit a draft introduction to a paper you are writing for publication. This will be reviewed by senior researchers who will provide constructive feedback. Please ensure that your submission is no more than 2 pages.

There will be more information provided at Workshop One.

This workshop will cover the key strategies that can assist such as:

  • tips and tricks for new players
  • how to get good feedback on your writing prior to submission
  • how to maximise the chances of publication

Session 6 - Meet your Mentor / Mentoring Program Kick-off

Presenter: Professor John Patterson
Duration: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Date: Friday 14 June 2013
Venue: Darlington Centre

This workshop will introduce the mentoring program to those particpants who have elected to work with a mentor over the following 6 months. The goal of the mentoring program will be for each mentee to work with their mentor to develop a long and short term research plan and to identify the skills and outcomes needed to meet the goals of that plan.