Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences Early Career Researchers
In 2017 and 2018, I initiated and lead the development of a ECR network at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. Through this, we helped to establish a network of postdoctoral researchers at the School, and create a number of opportunities to facilitate their career growth and development. Since leaving the University of Melbourne, Simon Lilburn has taken over my executive role. Initiatives I have helped to establish include:
- an ECR network and committee
- development of grant writing skills workshops
- sharing of grant and job opportunity resources
- establishment of ECR publication awards
- establishment of ECR project grants
- establishment of ECR grant writing support network
During my PhD at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, it was clear there was a need to develop a research network between the 150-ish PhD students in the School. In 2011 I established, then ran for two years Graduate Researchers in Psychological Sciences (GRIPS). Since 2013 I stepped down from running GRIPS, allowing a new cohort of PhD students to run GRIPS. GRIPS has continued to grow and now serves as a great resource and network for research students at the MSPS, supporting the development of research careers. If you are a PhD student in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, contact GRIPS to find out more.
Hanne Watkins is post doctoral research fellow at The University of Pennsylvania. She has been hosting a summer series on her website, inviting early career researchers to discuss their experiences of academic adventure and misadventure. It is fantastic to see an ECR (Hanne) taking this initiative, and great to read different people's perspectives and experiences.