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CRG Postdoc Symposium UK academic job market. Types of Jobs. Lectureships (University/ teaching) Tenured positions Little start up funds Access to students Lots of teaching (unless paid by fellowships) Easier to get second round of grants (need at least 3 years of appointment ahead)

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    1. CRG Postdoc SymposiumUK academic job market

    2. Types of Jobs • Lectureships (University/ teaching) Tenured positions Little start up funds Access to students Lots of teaching (unless paid by fellowships) Easier to get second round of grants (need at least 3 years of appointment ahead) • Research Institutes: Tenure-track positions Fixed tenure (10-12 years) Start up funds (unless on a fellowship) No teaching

    3. How to start? • Send as many applications as possible: • Nature Jobs, Science Jobs, EU-life, • Jobs. ac.uk, indeed.com, University of Cambridge. If you get an interview.. • Figure out what are the strengths of the place • Try to figure out what they are looking for • If possible try to make your research fit their strategic interests

    4. Nick Luscombe’s tip to success in the Interview Process

    5. What will they ask you? • What work have I done? • Keys questions I am interested on? • Immediate projects I am interested on • Long term goals • My goals during appointment • Job qualifications • What I learned during postdoc • Reasons to work here • Collaborations inside the place

    6. What should you ask them? • What are you looking for in a candidate? • What is the structure of the appointment? • What is the likely package? • What is the prospect beyond the appointment? • How much collaboration is there within the institute? • Facilities? Support? Computing structure? • Start up money? • Nursery? How many women hold tenured posts? Athena Swan in place?

    7. Best way to negotiate • Have an external and credible outside offer • Ask for big pieces of equipment because it is hard to get them through funding agencies. • Negotiate teaching load • Lectureship starting salaries: 29,000£ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/9532912/Best-universities-for-high-starting-salaries.html?frame=2334378

    8. When is it a good time to apply to UK jobs? • Research Excellence Framework (REF) • Next: 2018 • Looking for high impact publications to look good on the assessment.

    9. The Fellowship System in the UK • Wellcome Trust • Royal Society • CRUK • David Sainsbury • MRC • BBSRC • Most 5 years after PhD • (with some exceptions 10 years post-viva) • Maternity leave/ time off the bench excluded.

    10. Funding Sources in the UK • Wellcome Trust • Royal Society • CRUK • MRC • BBSRC

    11. Crick Institute in London http://www.crick.ac.uk/the-institute/ Open for Applications 2015 Unique career structure which is family friendly – 1 year parental leave and you can add that year on to the end of your tenure – available to men and women. Tenure is a 12 year period and then you are kicked out – not very family friendly as children in schools at that stage!

    12. AstraZeneca in Cambridge Opening in Cambridge by 2016 Start networking your way in: Many new jobs will be opened Pfizer failed to buy AstraZeneca: that means Research is still on

    13. A Word for Women in Science in the UK

    14. The famous gender GAP Cost of living in UK much higher than average EU 20% relative difference (in percentage) between the average gross hourly earnings of women and men

    15. Gender Gap statistics in the UK: The mystery of the salary gap

    16. Athena Swan Charter Commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education. Good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in STEMM. Institutional support, institutional good practice, policies. In the future the ability to apply to competitive funding will depend on an Atena GOLD status.

    17. Science for the privileged Nursery fees: 1000 £ per child If you have two kids: Double it up! £30-40K before tax (-40% tax) That means that single parents of 2 Can not afford to work in Science. Look for jobs with in-house nursery (with discounts for workers) Look for Salary Sacrifice Schemes (pre-tax discounts) Negotiate higher salaries!! Look for Athena-gold medals

    18. L’oreal Women in Science £ 15,000 of an award to spent With flexibility that includes child care costs Fellowships (not gender specific): Marie Curie Individual Fellowships -Generous salary and 500$ allowance for family purposes

    19. Awards and fellowships for women in Science L’oreal Women in Science There is the FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award http://www.embo.org/funding-awards/women-in-science-award#febs-embo-women-in-science-awards-since-2008 FASEB Excellence in Science Award http://www.faseb.org/About-FASEB/Awards/Excellence-in-Science-Award.aspx One from the Rockefeller http://greengardprize.rockefeller.edu/ American Society for Cell Biology http://www.ascb.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=86&Itemid=12 (not sure whether there is any money) There might be some others that are relevant in this list http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_prizes,_medals,_and_awards_for_women_in_science#General_or_Multiple_Fields Re-entry fellowships: http://www.daphnejackson.org/fellowships/ http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Biomedical-science/Funding-schemes/Fellowships/Basic-biomedical-fellowships/WTD004380.htm British Heart Foundation