Postdoc Career Success at Lund University

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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 approach

Overview diagram of main aims of Postdoc Career Success Program

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 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 programme.

Next course cycle

There will be two start dates for the programme each year. The deadline for registering your interest in the next cycle is 27 April 2018.

What LU postdocs say (a small selection of feedback from the 2015-17 programme)

"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."

"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

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

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



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15 eclasses delivered fortnightly online in English over 7 months, in text and audio versions to suit researchers' preferences
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 programme 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 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

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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 5 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 programme.

Contact PostdocTraining direct

If you would like to ask a question of the PostdocTraining team about the programme'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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