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.

“A cross-disciplinary tool box” – the value of a PhD in industry

“The real value of a PhD is the methodological tools. I grew in my ability to manage and manipulate ideas, frameworks and data from various disciplines. My problem solving skills are much, much more refined now.

For me the greatest value of the PhD has been to draw upon diverse problem solving methodologies from different disciplines to address the very challenging problems that sometimes arise”.

Dr Matthew Turnour embarked upon a PhD in the QUT Business School after 15 years working in industry. Read our Q&A with Dr Turnour for his thoughts on the value of a PhD outside of academia, plus advice for doctoral graduates interested in pursuing careers in industry.

Artist Researcher at Work Professional Development and Publication Series

This Professional Development and Publication Series, presented by the QUT Creative Lab, will commence on Friday 15 June and run until Friday 20 July. This is a series of professional development seminars, followed by ‘Shut Up and Write’ sessions, for aspiring, emerging, or established researchers who would like to take concrete steps to bolster their research profile.

Read the program (PDF, 740KB).

Register for the Shut up & Write sessions.

No registration required to attend the professional development seminars. All aspiring and emerging researchers (including QUT doctoral alumni) and established researchers are welcome.

Publishing from your thesis: tips, advice and resources

After submitting his thesis for examination, Dr Stephen Vincent prioritised publications and produced five papers from his PhD research. He describes:

“Not only is it important to share your findings with the wider community, but this will help to boost your research profile and demonstrates a tangible long-term project outcome to potential employers.”

Dr Vincent is a 2011 QUT PhD alumnus. Read more about his career post-PhD and his advice for new graduates, including tips for boosting publications.

PhD Alumnus to explore MOOCs and digital literacy at MIT

Digital Learning professional and 2013 QUT PhD alumnus Dr Anitza Geneve has been awarded the 2018 Fulbright Professional Scholar in Vocational Education & Training (VET) and will spend three months with her host organisation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States. Dr Geneve says:

“I’m looking forward to driving a conversation within the Australian VET sector on how the digital literacy and employability needs of learners can be supported within an Australian and a global context through the use of emerging technology.

Read the full Q & A.

IHBI Inspires – 2018 Conference

NOW ACCEPTING ABSTRACTS: All members of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) including Higher Degree Research Students, early career and mid career researchers are invited to submit an abstract via the IHBI website.

IHBI Inspires is a unique two-day program and outstanding opportunity for IHBI members to meet, collaborate and share their research with peers and supervisors. Discover IHBI’s world-class research through oral presentation sessions, poster presentations and enjoy workshops targeting grants and research funding at different career milestones. Network at the conference dinner with keynote speaker and entertainment by a local band.

Conference details:
August 16-17 2018, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Find out more.

Win a place at Virgin StartUp StepUp in London

Are you a QUT Business School alumnus? Do you want to work with the Virgin empire?

QUT Business School has proudly partnered with QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) and Virgin StartUp to offer one talented QUT Business School alumnus a place in Virgin Startup’s ‘StepUp’ mini accelerator in London.

Don’t miss your chance to learn all the ins and outs of sales, how to scale up your market value, meet prospective mentors and potential investors and discover insights from the best on generating a heavyweight business case.

We have one sponsored place available to attend Virgin StartUp StepUp from 26 – 28 August 2018 in London.

Apply by June 8 2018.

This opportunity is exclusive to QUT Business School students and alumni.

Proactive, Focused, Brave: the key to a successful academic career

In 2011, Dr Kim Johnston received an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for her PhD Thesis. After graduating she focused on publishing, networking, and using the skills and knowledge she’d developed through her PhD to benefit real-world organisations.

Seven years post graduation, Dr Johnston is a senior lecturer and researcher in QUT’s Business School, and a contributing author and editor of numerous prestigious journals and books. She says being proactive, focused, and brave are key to developing a successful career in academia.

Read more about Dr Johnston’s professional journey and her advice to early career researchers.

Participate in the worldwide study on research stays abroad

Why are doctoral students and postdocs interested in conducting research abroad?

What information needs do they have when going abroad?

What influences their decision for a host country and institution?

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and “Research in Germany” isconducting a worldwide online survey to answer these questions.

Are you currently pursuing or planning a doctorate or postdoc? Then we invite you to participate in the survey. With your help, we can further improve the services and assistance available to international researchers. Click here to complete the 15 minute survey.

Koficon – where people and ideas connect

KofiCon brings together QUT higher degree students, doctoral graduates and researchers from all disciplines. It’s an opportunity to share ideas, connect and collaborate in a relaxed setting.

Free, and all welcome.

 

Event details:
May 10, 10am on “The Terrace”, Level 5, R Block (Library)
QUT Kelvin Grove Campus.
Register.

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