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We recognise it is important that the foundations for good working practices are established at the outset of your appointment. The Induction Online programme and the Welcome to Cambridge events hosted by Personal and Professional Development (PPD) are part of the University's two stage induction and details can be found on the Employee Induction Checklist (HR24).

Postdoc induction

In addition to the above, each department will also offer local induction. The person most familiar with the requirements of your job, typically your line manager, will usually be responsible for your induction, monitoring your performance, providing guidance on a day-to-day basis, and arranging for any necessary training. 

Your induction programme is designed so that you can fit in quickly and effectively. You will meet new colleagues and be given details of the main responsibilities of your post, sources of immediate help and support, and the terms and conditions of your employment. These include relevant policies and procedures, and health, safety and welfare matters.

At the Department of Chemistry all contract research staff and research visitors are invited to attend a departmental induction session welcoming them to the Department. The welcome session includes information regarding:

  • the University’s libraries from the Department’s Senior Librarian.

  • the University’s Postdoc Careers Services from a Post-doc Careers Adviser for the School of Physical Sciences.

  • contractual, policy, procedural and general departmental and University Information from the Department’s Welfare, Training and Development Adviser.

  • grant management, financial regulations and purchasing, preferred suppliers, account codes and travel insurance from the Department’s Academic Secretary.

  • health and safety information from the Department Safety Officer.

If you are unable to attend the session offered, we recommend you attend the session the following month. These occur routinely throughout the year. A welcome pack will also be provided with appropriate departmental information.