Postdoc Career Success at Lund University
Postdoc Career Success is a programme of practical training
and one-to-one mentoring that supports the career development
of Lund University's postdocs. You can register your interest below.
Postdoc Career Success is a training course in English introducing essential skills and tools that you can apply immediately in your daily work.
The programme's practical, step-by-step approach is shaped to help you settle quickly and effectively into your roles as you progress.
The course is designed to motivate and support you in structuring your own career. It aims to equip you to make the greatest contribution possible, accelerate your progress and fulfil your potential, wherever your career choices take you.
The programme's core of 15 online eclasses offers greater flexibility than a workshop series or residential course. It caters for the diverse work schedules and preferences of postdocs across all different disciplines.
The pacing of the core content is designed to suit researchers with full-time commitments. The timing and on-demand format help make sure you can stay engaged, and provide ample opportunity to explore and apply all the course material, tools and resources.
The average time commitment to complete all the programme's elements thoroughly is no more than 2 hours every two weeks. We email you when each eclass is available, to notify you about new material and webinars, and when we publish our monthly Postdoc in the News.
Postdoc Career Success retains the advantages of interactive training by combining online components with live group webinar sessions and individual mentoring. It means that participants also get the benefit of engaging directly with the trainers at PostdocTraining and other LU colleagues taking part in the programme.
Next available course cycle
There is one more start date planned for the programme at this stage, being 4 March 2019. The deadline for registering your interest in this next cycle is 21 February 2019.
What LU postdocs say
"I find myself more in control of my career prospects. That is I have set goals that I want to achieve - not goals that 'others' or 'the system' have promoted. I now have a firmer vision of what I want which makes it easier to structure work and take proactive decisions."
"I have already recommended the programme for a colleague - think it is valuable to learn how to improve and how to work efficiently. Postdoc is a short transition-phase [...] and it is important to make the most out of it - staying in academia or not! The programme gave me tools to handle stress, plan my work and execute it."
"Thank you for your great support […] I finally fought it through and got a lecturer/senior lecturer position. ... I think you are doing a really valuable job which makes a difference in people’s lives.”
"It really helped me to focus on my own career preferences and hopes rather than on the expectations I believe others have on me! (I) will start my position in the biotech company next week [...] I especially liked the fact that the material is not pushing for an academic career only, but rather keeps an open mind about options while addressing some of the common fears, problems and struggles that we as scientists have.”
Register your interest
All LU postdocs in any discipline are welcome to apply, i.e. anyone with a PhD and listed in LUCAT, but as yet without a tenured form of employment (thus, 'researchers', 'research engineers', 'lecturers', etc., qualify as postdocs for this programme).
To register your interest, please use the button below to access the application form. The programme is being sponsored centrally by LU and is free of charge to LU postdocs who secure a place. You must register an LU email address to take part.
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If you have any questions before you register, including about eligibility, please contact Åsa Thormählen, on email@example.com.
Additional benefits of the course
Postdoc Career Success is a useful complement to regular supervision arrangements and any mentoring relationships that you may already have in place. You develop a thorough knowledge of your own career options and personal development priorities as part of the programme, so discussions with mentors have clear structure and definition, and can focus on specific actions that will help you achieve the goals you've identified as priorities. Last but not least, your career plan is a concrete document you can discuss at the annual staff appraisal.
Further information: programme components
15 eclasses delivered fortnightly online in English over 7 months, in text and audio versions to suit researchers' preferences
All Lund members will have lifelong access to programme material, as long as they keep their login details current
Participants have access to one-on-one mentoring on matters of their choice with experienced PostdocTraining mentors via Skype or phone, providing personalised career coaching and professional development advice.
All Lund members are entitled to one hour in total of one-to-one mentoring to address their own choice of issues during the programme
Email career advice
Individual postdocs can seek advice on career-related matters and issues throughout the programme, via PostdocTraining’s email support service.
PostdocTraining provides a career Q&A service by email for all Lund members for the duration of the course
Ongoing access to the Career Options Masterlist, PostdocTraining's database covering dozens of career paths in academia and beyond for researchers, including case studies.
Lund members have lifelong access to this database, updated regularly, with information and case studies of career pathways for people with research backgrounds
A monthly news service distilled from international journals, print media and the internet to give participants the most current material on research-related career issues and pathways.
Lund participants have lifelong access to this news service for as long as they choose to stay subscribed
Live online discussions facilitated by PostdocTraining on issues of shared interest to LU participants (such as grant application processes and local grant-winning models, building research teams, dealing with autonomy, work-life balance, transferrable skills, etc.).
Lund members can take part in 5 live webinars each year, and have the opportunity to suggest topics and speakers that would be of particular interest to Lund postdocs
PostdocTraining provides support for setting up these self-guided peer-mentoring groups, including via a survey and matching of members, and guidance on establishing and operating a group.
All Lund participants will have the opportunity to get involved in Mastermind peer groups with other Lund postdocs taking part in the programme.