Employment after a PhD: doctoral career trajectories

What do people with PhDs do? Research shows that only 25% of PhD graduates will end up in academia. So, what do the other 75% of careers actually look like? What can you do now, in the first three years since graduating, to develop your career, in your chosen field?

Post-PhD Career Trajectories: Intentions, Decision-Making and Life Experiences by Lynn McAlpine and Cheryl Amundsen draws on 10 years of research and follows nearly 50 PhD graduates as they explore and embark on employment after graduating. Each career trajectory is unique as individuals planned and made decisions in the face of both expected and unexpected work, personal experiences and responsibilities. This book concludes with resources to help those who are currently planning or reflecting on their own career trajectories.

“Our goal in writing the book is to provide access to the richness of the stories the 48 individuals told us as they navigated their PhDs and post-PhD careers. We hope we have made evident the important role played by intention and resilience in crafting a career. We trust we have also made transparent the role of the PhD in laying the groundwork for the career outcomes that are possible after graduation. Our goal overall was to create a collection of stories that would allow you to draw personal and professional implications and lessons for yourself.”

Browse the eBook now.

Grant-writing tips from the ARC, CSIRO & Thales Australia

Writing a grant application can be a daunting task, especially with acceptance rates constantly declining.

How then can we more effectively write not only a grant application, but a successfully grant application?

Ahead of the Research Funding Summit 2018, the Australasian Research Management Society is sharing grant writing top tips from the Australian Research Council, the CSIRO and Thales Australia.

Download the full eBook to learn more.

AMS Mary Kay Doctoral Dissertation Competition

The AMS Mary Kay Inc. Dissertation Award is for junior researchers in the field of marketing who have recently graduated their doctoral degree. The competition winner will receive $600 and a one-year membership in the Academy of Marketing Science at Louisiana Tech University.

Sponsored by Mary Kay Inc. and the Academy of Marketing Science (AMS), doctoral candidates in marketing who have completed their thesis during January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018 are eligible for the AMS Mary Kay Doctoral Dissertation Award. To be considered, you will need to submit an electronic version of a thesis abstract that is no longer than 15 double-spaced pages (including appendices, tables, figures, and references).

Submissions covering any marketing-related topic, methodology and research interest are welcome. Submissions close January 5 2019.

Find out more (PDF, 2MB), and enter the competition.

Scholarship for Health ECRs

The Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research Scholarship Program is a six week program based in Canberra at the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, that gives recipients the opportunity to:

  • build  expertise in an area relevant to health services research
  • contribute to the AHHA and its work
  • interact with policy makers and practitioners
  • produce a health policy issues brief that engages health policy leaders in an area of national significance
  • be guided by a mentor who will provide advice during the scholarship

Early career researchers (< 5 years post-PhD) are welcome to apply.

Further information including the Program Summary and answers to frequently asked questions can be on the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research website.

Join the Design jam

For the first time, the World Hospital Congress, being held this year in Brisbane, will feature a one-day Design Jam.

Design jam brings a diversity of people together (students, researchers and problem solvers from across and beyond health) to co-design and pitch solutions to improve health and care.

We invite you to get involved and contribute your unique skills and experience. Read on to learn about the various opportunities.

Design Jam details:
October 11th, 9:00am-5:00pm
Register
(tickets from $15.00)

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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
  • See more (PDF, 713KB)

Interested researchers at all stages of their careers are invited to submit an abstract by July 31st. Find out more at www.poms2018.org.

 

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.

DMRC Friday Seminar and Book Launch

The Digital Media Research Centre Fridays Seminar Series 2018 continues on June 22 at 1 – 3pm with four exciting presentations! Join us to hear about the latest research being generated by Centre members and research students.

Please register to attend at the Eventbrite site.

After the seminar, all are welcome to stay for the launch of DMRC member Terry Flew’s new book, recently published by Palgrave: Understanding Global Media (second edition). More information is available on the DMRC website.

Event details:
Friday 22 June, 1-3pm
Room 607, Building Z9, Creative Industries Precinct, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus

Contact us at dmrc@qut.edu.au for further information.

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