Postdoc Career Success at Lund University

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Postdoc Career Success is a program of practical training
and one-to-one mentoring that supports the career development
of Lund University's postdocs.

Postdoc Career Success is a training program in English introducing essential skills and tools that you can apply immediately in your daily work as an early career researcher.

The program's practical, step-by-step approach is shaped to help you settle quickly and effectively into your roles as you progress. It focuses on building confidence and developing the abilities you need to tackle all the challenges of the postdoc phase.

The program 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.

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The approach

The program'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: one new eclass is presented each fortnight. 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 program's elements thoroughly is no more than 2 hours every two weeks. We email you when each eclass is available, to notify you about training 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 program.

Register your interest

To register your interest in joining the program, please use the button below to access the application form. The program is being sponsored centrally by LU and is free of charge to LU postdocs who secure a place.

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If you have any questions before you register, including about eligibility, please contact Åsa Thormählen, on asa.thormahlen@pers.lu.se. You must register an LU email address to take part.

Program components


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Eclasses

15 eclasses delivered fortnightly online in English over 7 months, in text and audio versions to suit researchers' preferences
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14 inter-class career advice notes with short exercises to reinforce principles introduced in the eclasses.

Eclasses cover career planning and pathways; managing time, people and projects; publishing strategies and practices; improving productivity; initiating partnerships; attracting funding; and building networks.

All Lund members will have lifelong access to program material, as long as they keep their login details current

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Personal mentoring

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 program

Email career advice

Individual postdocs can seek advice on career-related matters and issues throughout the program, via PostdocTraining’s email support service.

PostdocTraining provides a career Q&A service by email for all Lund members for the duration of the program

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Career database

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

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News service

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

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Live webinars

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 6 live webinars each year, and have the opportunity to suggest topics and speakers that would be of particular interest to Lund postdocs

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Mastermind groups

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 program.

Additional program benefits

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 program, 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.

Contact PostdocTraining direct

If you would like to ask a question of the PostdocTraining team about the program's content, its structure or the way the course material and mentoring is delivered, please use the contact form below. Just include your preferred contact method and details in the comments section so that PostdocTraining can reply to you directly.

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