PDAC is supporting and promoting the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA) University Mentoring Scheme for Postdocs. Applications are now open for Chemistry Postdocs at http://www.opda.cam.ac.uk/whileincambridge/mentoring/mentees-info/mentee-form. Deadline 25th April 2017.
The Department of Chemistry launched the Mentoring Scheme for Contract Research Staff (CRS) in March 2014. The scheme has been devised in collaboration with the Department's Post-Doc Affairs Committee (PDAC), and is fully supported by the Head of Department and Athena SWAN working group. The University of Cambridge supports mentoring as a dynamic way of facilitiating personal and professional development.
Under the Chemistry Department's scheme, a ‘pool‘ of academic and senior staff have volunteered to mentor CRS across a range of work-related topics and issues including:
- help with research-related issues: project management/time management
- help with other work-related issues: people management/conflict resolution
- career development and progression: values, aspirations, training
- routes to academic and/or industry careers
- work-life balance (including “women in science” and related issues)
- provide motivation, confidence and inspiration
The revised scheme is not intended to replace any successful mentoring relationships in the current system where a PI recommends a suitable mentor. These should continue, and researchers can continue to seek a mentor/mentoring advice through their PI.
Please refer to the documents below for information on this scheme:
Academic and senior staff acting as mentors are:
Dr Isabelle de Wouters
Those postdocs who are currently mentors to our graduate students can be found here.