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Want to know what’s on the horizon?

Scroll down below for:

  • a quick overview of upcoming workshops;
  • open fellowship opportunities;
  • other news for researchers.

While you’re here, take the opportunity to browse dedicated pages for research students and research staff, which provide specific careers advice and signpost our top resources for maximising your opportunities, whether in academia and/or beyond.

You can also download this term’s menu of Careers Workshops for Research Students and Research Staff, plus a leaflet summarising our services.

Don’t forget to check CareerConnect to see the full listing of Careers Service events!

Upcoming events for researchers

Mathematicians: Exclusive talk with Po-Shen Loh, national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team

G-Research invites you to When Bare Hands Fail: An Interactive Talk on Combinatorics with Po-Shen Loh, national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team and Mathematics professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

This interactive lecture will use one of the most difficult problems from a recent USA Mathematical Olympiad exam to illustrate the connections between modern combinatorial problems and theorems and techniques from other branches of mathematics, such as algebra, probability, and even topology.

Where: The Royal College of Physicians, 11 Saint Andrews Place Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4LE
When: Monday 22 July, from 18:00. The lecture will conclude with a Q&A session and will be followed by a drinks and canapé reception.

Travel to and from the event will be reimbursed – please remember to bring your receipt with you on the day.

To RSVP, please email Alex.Whitlcok@gresearch.co.uk – places are limited and first come, first served so register ASAP to avoid missing out!

G-Research IMO Maths challenge – with weekly cash prizes 

G-Research are launching a weekly mathematical challenge in the style of IMO problems – with a cash prize of £1,000 each week for the first person to submit the correct answer.

A taster challenge will be launched on Monday 1 July, and the first cash prize challenge will go live at midday Monday 8 July. You will find the puzzles here: https://www.gresearch.co.uk/news/imo-challenge/

Open Fellowship and Grant calls

Research Grants in Japan and Europe from the Canon Foundation

The Canon Foundation in Europe offers grants for individuals to carry out research in Europe or Japan. European Fellows are expected to do their research in JAPAN whilst Japanese Fellows are expected to do their research in EUROPE.

Applicants can apply for a minimum of 3 months to maximum 1 year. All fields of research are eligible. There are no limitations or restrictions. Applicants do not have to be currently enrolled or employed at the time of applying.

Canon Fellows from Europe are free to choose their host institutes and hosts in Japan. The same freedom is given to Japanese Canon Fellows coming to Europe. Canon Foundation Research Fellowships may be applied for when an agreement on co-operation and on a research plan has been reached between the guest researcher and the proposed host institution.

Closing date: 15 September 2019. Click here for more information and to apply.

Other news and opportunities

2019 Careers Conference for Researchers: podcasts now available!

Podcasts of the morning panel talks by former researchers have now been published: you can find them here – perfect for finding out what was said in the sessions that you weren’t able to get to.

You can still download the conference booklet here, and view the programme here.


Skill-building opportunity for research staff and DPhils

Are you curious about careers beyond academia? Do you want to develop your core employability skills and broaden your professional network?

Places are now available to research staff and DPhil students on the research-careers.org editorial team.

With support from the Careers Service, this vibrant and supportive team of Oxford postdocs, RAs and DPhil students curates a growing collection of career profiles from PhD-holders who have moved into jobs in many different sectors beyond academic research.

Together, the team is building an increasingly popular, open-access resource giving unique insights to researchers looking to make similar career transitions.

Find out more about becoming an editor by emailing contact@research-careers.org

You, and your CV, will gain from:

  • discovering fascinating roles and sectors where research skills are valued
  • networking opportunities with potential authors (both employees and employers)
  • tangible evidence of your initiative, self-management and planning skills through the publication of your own set of profiles

You can also following the team on Twitter and LinkedIn.

This information was last updated on 28 June 2019.
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Recent blogs about News Flash for Researchers

International Mathematical Olympiad: Exclusive talk and weekly cash prize competitions

Posted on behalf of G-Research. Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on 28/06/2019.

G-Research, a leading quantitative research and technology company and long-standing Oxford recruiter is sponsoring the International Mathematical Olympiad 2019.

Weekly Competitions

To celebrate this, they are launching a weekly mathematical challenge in the style of IMO problems – with a cash prize of £1,000 each week for the first person to submit the correct answer. A ‘warm-up’ taster challenge will go live on Monday 1 July, and the first cash prize challenge will go live at midday Monday 8 July. You will find the puzzles here >>

Exclusive talk on Combinatorics: Monday 22 July, from 18:00

Professor Po-Shen Loh (Carnegie Mellon University), national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team will give a talk on combinatorics in London on 22 July.

When Bare Hands Fail: An Interactive Talk on Combinatorics with Po-Shen Loh,

Where: The Royal College of Physicians, 11 Saint Andrews Place Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4LE
When: Monday 22 July, from 18:00
Reserve your place: please email Alex.Whitlcok@gresearch.co.uk – places are limited and first come, first served so register ASAP to avoid missing out!

This interactive lecture will use one of the most difficult problems from a recent USA Mathematical Olympiad exam to illustrate the connections between modern combinatorial problems and theorems and techniques from other branches of mathematics, such as algebra, probability, and even topology.

Free event, and travel to and from the event will be reimbursed – please remember to bring your receipt with you on the day.

Bolstering your core employability skills – for Researchers

Blogged by Rebecca Ehata on 21/05/2019.

Do you know which skills employers are looking for – and which of these you already have? Are you looking for tips on how best to communicate your skills to employers?

Come to our workshop for DPhil students and research staff, Bolstering your Core Employability Skills for Researchers, to learn what core employability skills are, how to identify your current skills set, and how to demonstrate these in the job application process.

When: 4 June, 13:00-16:00
Where: Seminar Room B, St Cross Building
Book your place here.

Researchers in Schools programme: applications close 27 May!

Posted on behalf of Researchers in Schools. Blogged by Rebecca Ehata on 08/05/2019.

In the UK today, there is an entrenched link between household income and educational success. Pupils from low-income backgrounds are far less likely than their wealthier peers to attain five good GCSE grades, progress to higher education or have a fulfilling career.

The Researchers in Schools programme tackles this by mobilising the research community to become outstanding classroom teachers, as well as champions of evidence-based practice and higher education.

We offer PhD researchers a unique, generously-funded route into teaching tailored to your abilities, knowledge and experience. Through our programme, you’ll develop the skills to become a highly-effective classroom teacher, helping support pupils, regardless of background, to excel and progress to higher education.

  • Complete our Research Leader in Education Award, a fully-funded, three-year programme of professional development designed around the PhD skill set;
  • Create and deliver Uni Pathways, a university-access intervention based on your PhD, aimed at increasing target pupils’ chances of attending a highly-selective university;
  • Take one day of protected time each week to work towards the RLE and Uni Pathways;
  • Receive honorary academic status at a research-intensive university, providing access to research facilities and a network of academic support;
  • Benefit from competitive financial support, including generous funding options for your training year.

For more information and to apply, visit www.researchersinschools.org. Applications close 27 May 2019 so please submit your application as soon as possible!

May is a month of career development opportunities…

Blogged by Rachel Bray on 02/05/2019.

This term is already flying along… Take some time out of your research to reflect on your career development, and make some easily-actionable plans.

Join us for an updated Career Management workshop for DPhil students and research staff in one of three locations during 4th week:

  • Tuesday 21 May, 10:00 – 12:30 (followed by lunch), St Luke’s Chapel, Radcliffe Obs Quarter. Register here.
  • Wednesday 22 May, 10:30 – 14:00 (lunch provided), Gottmann Room, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford, OX1 3QY. Register here.
  • Friday 24 May, 10:00-12:00, Seminar Room A, English Faculty (St Cross Building). Register here.

This interactive workshop – piloted last week and received excellent feedback – will enable you to to step back, consider future possible career paths, and identify what you have to offer to employers within, or beyond, academia.

Topics will include job satisfaction, your values, career motivations and transferable skills. Our focus will be on making the most of what you already have, opportunities to boost any core employability skills during your time at Oxford and how to articulate these to others, whether in person or in applications. We will also share  top tips on effective, mutually-rewarding networking

You will be encouraged to draw your insights together to begin a realistic personal career plan and to consider your next steps.

New for Research Staff: Career boost workshop @Rhodes House

Blogged by Rachel Bray on 02/05/2019.

‘Here and Now’ Making the most of Oxford and Preparing for your Career Next Steps

Would you benefit from some dedicated time to think about your steps beyond Oxford? Or wondering how to position yourself with integrity and a sense of excitement about future work possibilities?

Come and join a lively group of early career Rhodes scholars and research staff from across the world:

When: Saturday 18 May 2019 11:30 – 16:30
Where: Rhodes House, South Parks Road, Oxford.

The workshop will be facilitated by Rachel Bray in the Careers Service, Leah Thompson of Enterprising Oxford and Nadiya Figueroa of Rhodes House.

We will explore the role of stories and narratives in finding and creating work, with opportunity to practice building narratives appropriate to work sectors of interest to you. Working together, we will help each other identify (potentially hidden) strengths and skills, discussing ways to bring these out when deepening our networks and making job applications.

Next we will focus on an entrepreneurial approach to career development, looking at ways to take ownership of the process from early on and to make the most of what is on offer at Oxford or beyond.

Places may go fast Book now via CareerConnect or by emailing courses@careers.ox.ac.uk.

A welcome brunch and afternoon tea/coffee will be provided. Please email hannah.warren@rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk with any special dietaries.

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