Researcher career stories

Vitaes collection of researcher career stories comprises over 150 short, personal narratives about the professional experiences and decisions of doctoral graduates and researchers at all stages of their careers. These stories show the diversity of career paths taken by researchers and aim to inspire emerging researchers’ career aspirations.

See the doctoral entrepreneur section to read how research graduates have used the skills gained during their doctoral training to found businesses, social enterprises and consultancies, and visit career stories on film to hear researchers talk about their career journeys.

Make sure you also read the stories of our own doctoral graduates here on the QMomentum blog.

Writing and publishing resources from RDTF

The Faculty of Education held another successful Research and Publications Week on 2nd – 5th July which featured engaging sessions on research design and analysis, academic writing and publishing.

Research and Publications Week is one of a number of events held as part of the Faculty of Education’s Research Development and Training Framework. Many RDTF sessions are open to researchers past and current, and attending can be a great way of connecting with the Faculty, networking with other researchers and continuing your learning after graduation.

Recordings, PowerPoints and other resources from RDTF sessions can be accessed by anyone with a QUT log-in and password on the OER Research Development and Training Framework Blackboard Community page. If you’re planning to continue researching and publishing from your thesis, consider nominating as visiting fellow to obtain access to these and other QUT resources.

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Call for Papers: POMS 2018 in Sri Lanka

Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) is an international professional and academic organisation representing the interests of Production andOperations Management professionals and academia from around the world. This year’s POMS International conference will be hosted by the Department of Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering at the University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka on 14th-16th December.

Conference themes include:

  • Artificial Intelligence / Computational Intelligence in
    Operations Management/Industrial Engineering (OM/IE)
  • Big Data and Data Analytics for OM/IE
  • Digitization of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Design of Experiments and Industrial Statistics for OM/IE
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Interested researchers at all stages of their careers are invited to submit an abstract by July 31st. Find out more at www.poms2018.org.

 

Interactive Industry and Innovation Maps

The Department of Industry, Innovation & Science has developed two nifty interactive maps which enable you to find industry and innovation data for Australian regions.

The Innovation Map gives you an insight into innovation and business activities across Australia (Research and Development expenditure and new business creation, for instance), and the Industry Map allows you to look up key statistics such as business counts and industry employment data per region and per industry.

Very useful tools for identifying developments and emerging trends in your field, and areas where innovation and industry employment opportunities may be highest.

Read more about the maps and try them out.

Winning the brand relevance battle in a modern world

In the age of information overload, consumers have become experts at ignoring the tens of thousands of brands that don’t interest them. Despite this challenging reality, some brands seem to continuously earn and re-earn consumers’ loyalty with new ways to connect, engage and inspire their customers. These brands are able to stand out from their competition because they are simply relentlessly relevant.

At this Business Breakfast, Dr Nicolas Pontes and Luke Wheatley will provide insights on creating brand relevance and long-term success.

Event details:
Friday 3 August, 7:30-9am
Level 10, Z Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus.
Free, but registration is essential.

Grand Challenge Lecture: can we eliminate human error from the road system?

Speaker Professor Hugh Bradlow, President, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Every year about 1300 people die on Australian roads and about 45,000 receive injuries sufficiently serious to warrant hospitalisation (about 11 per cent of emergency room admissions). According to US statistics, 94 per cent of road accidents are caused by human error.

Emerging technology creates the possibility of a fully autonomous road system where no human is involved in the control of a vehicle. This would not only save thousands of lives and reduce the burden on the health system, but would eliminate congestion and avoid the need to build new roads. It is likely to be the single biggest urban transformation we witness in the first half of the 21st century.

Besides explaining the impact of an autonomous transport system, Professor Bradlow will demystify the emerging technologies that make this transition possible: the synthesis of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, autonomous systems, 5G mobile networks and centimetre-accuracy mapping systems.

Finally, he will consider the implications to the economy in terms of the factors described above as well as employment and industry disruption.

Event details:
Friday 27 July, 4pm – 5:15pm
The Kindler Theatre, Level 4 P Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus.
Free event. RSVP via Eventbrite.

PhDs in Industry: Geremy Farr-Wharton

Geremy Farr-Wharton did a PhD because he wanted to change the world by solving real problems.

He says his role as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the CSIRO enables him to do just that: use the research skills developed through his PhD to create life-changing solutions to real-world problems.

“I made the choice to pursue impact and I do a lot of really exciting things at CSIRO. I’m lucky enough to work with amazing colleagues on some really life-changing projects, from (re)designing our Australian cities for the coming future, to shaping the role of technology in healthcare, liveability and well-being. I even get to play a role in reshaping the futures of young Australians through artificial intelligence and machine learning. I get to work closely with industry, with different levels of government, and with tech start-ups to drive solutions for a better future.”

Read more about Dr Farr-Wharton’s professional journey and his advice for PhD graduates interested in industry careers.

Making Innovation Happen – Tales from the Coalface with Luisa Guthrie

You are invited to the ‘Making Innovation Happen’ seminar and networking event as part of the BridgeTech Occasional Seminar Series.

The BridgeTech Program specialises in the commercialisation of medical technology including medical devices and diagnostics. The BridgeTech Program is convened and administered by QUT and involves a consortium of partners including medical technology companies, universities and industry associations. 

Event details:
Tuesday July 10, 2-3pm followed by an opportunity to network.
IHBI, 60 Musk Avenue, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus
RSVP via Eventbrite
Please contact bridgetech.program@qut.edu.au with any queries.

About the presenter:
With over 35 years in the pharmaceutical and bioscience industries, Lusia Guthrie is an experienced executive and medtech entrepreneur, with strong leadership skills and international industry networks.

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Dream Big: Engineering our World

To celebrate International Women in Engineering day, Engineers Australia have partnered with QUT to host a screening of the ‘Dream Big: Engineering our world’.
This family-friendly event will include an introductory address followed by the movie screening and Q&A discussion with some of Queensland’s prominent engineers.
Popcorn, workshops, and experiential activities for students are included in ticket price.

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QUT Hosts First Intergenerational Challenge, Harnessing Diversity for Problem-Solving

This week QUT hosted InCahoots: Australia’s first intergenerational innovation challenge, harnessing cross-generational thinking to solve significant real world challenges.

The pilot event, co-created by QUT foundry & QUT IFE, catalysed cross-generational (and cross-sector) collaboration.

Participants let their passion for solving a particular problem, rather than their age or qualifications, guide their teaming.

After several hours, all nine teams showed their capacity to be creative and develop and pitch business opportunities for profit and positive impact.

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