Events

Please see below some recent professional development opportunities offered by the Office of Postdoctoral and Researcher Affairs: 

April 29, 2021Successful interview technique workshop by Sarah Blackford
Interviews can be formal or informal, panel, on-line and in-person. In this ON-LINE WORKSHOP, postdoctoral researchers will learn about the purpose of an interview and how to present themselves as effectively as they can to secure their next position. The workshop will be informative and interactive, with exercises, discussion and group practice with feedback. You will learn how to prepare for the interview and learn some useful techniques to help respond to different types of questions so that you feel confident to give a good performance,

April 27, 2021Writing an effective CV and covering letter workshop by Sarah Blackford
The purpose of a CV & covering letter is to secure an interview, but many people stumble at this stage of the application process. In this ON-LINE WORKSHOP, postdoctoral researchers will learn about how to adapt their CV and target it to different job descriptions and requirements, especially outside of academia. The workshop will be informative and interactive, with exercises, discussion and example CV and covering letters to refer to. The tutor will offer a follow-up service for those currently making applications.    

April 22, 2021Effective self-presentation for networking purposes workshop by Sarah Blackford
Networking is an important part of the career planning process, helping you to connect with people, build relationships and find opportunities. Designed specifically for postdoctoral researchers, this ON-LINE WORKSHOP will show you how to present yourself effectively for in-person and on-line networking purposes so that you make a positive impression and increase your chances to secure a new position.

April 20, 2021Career planning and making informed career choices workshop by Sarah Blackford
Designed specifically for postdoctoral researchers, this ON-LINE WORKSHOP will introduce you to career planning and decision making theory and provide techniques to help you to move forward in your career, whether within or outside of academia.  The workshop will be informative and interactive, with exercises and discussion within a confidential learning environment. We will examine the range of career opportunities and how to link this with skills and interests to make informed career choices. 

April 7 - June 8, 2021: Higher Education Teaching Certificate by Harvard University’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
The Higher Education Teaching Certificate aims to give you the opportunity to engage deeply with and reflect on your teaching practices, portfolio, and teaching journey in the higher education (HE) field. Loosely based on the in-person seminar program currently offered by Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, you now have the opportunity to explore the focus areas of pedagogy, course and assessment design, professional communication, language and culture of the classroom, and reflections on teaching – entirely online, from anywhere in the world.

March 31, 2021Time Management for Postdocs by Dr. Bernie Babel & Dr. Ines Perpetuo -  Imperial College London
Being a postdoc can be a frantic, reactive and stressful time but it doesn't need to be, this course is aimed at those who would like to take back some control over their time.

March 24 & 25 & 29 , 2021Discover your strengths workshop by Sandra Katakalea - KAUST
Do you wonder what makes you unique? Would you like to find out how you can use your talents to accomplish your goals every single day both personally and professionally? If the answer is yes, we invite you to embark on a wonderful journey of self-awareness that will offer you a new language for understanding what you naturally do best! Research shows that people who know and use their strengths are more likely to be confident, feel happy, energetic and achieve goals! It all adds up to being 3x as likely to report having an excellent quality of life!

February 8, 2021Interviews for Jobs Outside Academia by Dr. Madelaine Chapman -  Imperial College London
Interviews outside academia are often quite different to academic job interviews. In this session, you will learn what to expect and how to prepare for these types of interview. Whatever job you are applying for, this session will give you the tools to prepare well and go into the interview confidently to perform at your best.

February 3, 2021Interviews for Academic Jobs by Dr. Madelaine Chapman -  Imperial College London
While interviews for PhDs and postdocs can be fairly informal, interviews for fellowships and lectureships are quite different. In this session, you will learn what to expect for the different types of academic interviews and what the interview panels are typically looking for. You will find out what interview questions to expect and how to prepare to answer them with confidence.

January 10- 14, 2021Writing an effective scientific research article by Dr. Umair bin Waheed
The purpose of a scientific article is not the mere presentation of information and thought. Rather it is actual communication. An article describing a great scientific discovery may mean nothing unless a large majority of the reading audience accurately perceives what the author had in mind. Therefore, to improve writing, we must understand how readers go about reading and interpreting texts. Such an understanding is vital for young scientific writers to ensure that their work is well received by the scientific community. The proposed workshop offers in-class discussion and oneto- one conferences with participants on effective scientific writing. The goal is to develop
participants’ expertise in four areas central to writing effectively.

July 29-September 29, 2020: Higher Education Teaching Certificate by Harvard University’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
The Higher Education Teaching Certificate aims to give you the opportunity to engage deeply with and reflect on your teaching practices, portfolio, and teaching journey in the higher education (HE) field. Loosely based on the in-person seminar program currently offered by Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, you now have the opportunity to explore the focus areas of pedagogy, course and assessment design, professional communication, language and culture of the classroom, and reflections on teaching – entirely online, from anywhere in the world.

May 13-July 14, 2020: Higher Education Teaching Certificate by Harvard University’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
The Higher Education Teaching Certificate aims to give you the opportunity to engage deeply with and reflect on your teaching practices, portfolio, and teaching journey in the higher education (HE) field. Loosely based on the in-person seminar program currently offered by Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, you now have the opportunity to explore the focus areas of pedagogy, course and assessment design, professional communication, language and culture of the classroom, and reflections on teaching – entirely online, from anywhere in the world. 

April 13 & 15, 2020: Resilience webinar by Gillian Jones
When life changes and times become uncertain, coping with work and home situations can be challenging. This virtual learning session will give you the opportunity to discuss and consider managing your energy, business as usual (when it isn't), effective homeworking during isolation and staying motivated through change. A short 25-minute video that summarizes the content of these sessions is available; please contact the OPRA team for more information.

February 5, 2020: Communicating with confidence by Mark Vollans
Some of the themes included in this recurring professional development training are understanding different communication styles, choosing appropriate body language and applying simple assertiveness techniques to enhance your impact and manage difficult conversations with greater confidence.

November 26-27, 2019: Nature Masterclass - Scientific writing and publishing with Alexandra Flemming, Chief Editor of Nature Reviews Immunology, and Enda Bergin, Chief Editor of Nature Catalysis
In this two-day Masterclass, participants learn about "What Makes a Great Paper?" and "The Editorial Process and Peer Review" among other topics from the chief editors themselves. They also get one-on-one feedback from the editors on one of their own abstracts.

October 3, 2019: Mentoring, problem-solving and making decisions by Mark Vollans
This half-day training explores the role of a mentor and the skills of an effective coach through a series of interactive and practical exercises. Participants are introduced to new problem-solving techniques, speaking to different learning styles, and how to implement the learning cycle model.

October 1-2, 2019: Communicating with confidence by Mark Vollans
Some of the themes included in this recurring professional development training are understanding different communication styles, choosing appropriate body language and applying simple assertiveness techniques to enhance your impact and manage difficult conversations with greater confidence.

April 29-May 1, 2019: Successful career development workshop by Paul Mullan
Do you want to direct your career, one that best matches your personality style, motivation and interest? Do you want to learn how to target and find jobs that best match your unique talents effectively? Do you what to learn how to write a compelling resume that gets the attention of recruiters? Do you want to learn to how to sell yourself more effectively during an interview? If the answer is YES to all of these questions, then please attend the Successful Career Development Workshop! To learn more about Paul, visit his website at www.PaulMullan.ie. 

March 24-26, 2019: Data reproducibility workshops by Dr. Ulf Tölch and Dr. Benjamin Schwessinger
Research that is not reproducible wastes resources and negatively impacts scientific careers. Tools to efficiently share data and protocols are underutilized as most research programs don’t provide sufficient training in reproducible and rigorous scientific practices. These sessions will provide information and practical training in methods to improve the reproducibility of your research. 

February 11, 2019: Career stories and scientific publishing session with Dr. John Uhlrich and Dr. Stefan Hildebrandt, Editors-in-Chief at Wiley-VCH
Are you interested in a career in scientific publishing? Would you like to know more about the peer review process from the journal perspective? Would you like to build your CV through more involvement with scientific journals and the peer review process? Would you like to network with two Editors-in-Chief from the Wiley-VCH family of journals? Then please attend this session with Dr. John Uhlrich and Dr. Stefan Hildebrandt as they share their career stories and give insights into the world of scientific publishing.

January 23, 2019: “Open science is better science” by KAUST Prof. David Ketcheson
In this talk, Professor David Ketcheson (Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, CEMSE) will share his experience and perspectives on practicing open science. Among other things, he will discuss
- writing papers and books in the open,
- making results freely available after (and sometimes before) publication,
- open code and reproducible computational science,
- open teaching materials and
- sharing your work on social media.
David will also identify and address some common concerns about open science practices, and describe how widespread adoption of open practices may transform scientific research and education.

December 3, 2018: Grant writing from a funding agency perspective by Manus Ward
In this interactive session, Manus Ward will discuss how funding agencies assess grant applications, and he will share insights from a funding agency perspective. Manus has a wealth of experience in research evaluation. He is the Lead of Integrative Activities at KAUST’s Office of Sponsored Research (OSR).