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Early-career researchers

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eLife has published a number of articles on topics that have an impact on early-career researchers. The subjects covered include funding, career advice and the benefits of unions for postdocs.

  1. Webinar report: The push for mobility

    March 06, 2017

    The first #ECRwednesday webinar of 2017, held in partnership with EU-LIFE, covered the topic of mobility: why should you move to another city or country for your career, and what are the challenges involved? Nearly all researchers move institutions at some point in their career, and it is increasingly common to spend some time working abroad. But it’s a big decision to make the move. This week's speakers included: Jeanne Salje, Group Leader, MORU/Oxford University and member of the eLife early-career advisory group, Francesca Spagnoli, Group Leader, Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany; Verena Ruprecht, Group Leader, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain; and Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK.

  2. Webinar report: How to get an independent position

    December 07, 2016

    November’s #ECRwednesday webinar asked three early-career scientists to share their experiences of applying for their first independent positions. You can watch the full webinar here : Moderator: Melissa Gymrek, Assistant Professor at University of California, San Diego and member of the eLife early-career advisory group Speakers: Megan Carey, Group Leader and HHMI International Early Career Scientist, Champalimaud Neuroscience Program, Lisbon; Gunther Hollopeter, Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; and Emmy Verschuren, FIMM-EMBL...

  3. Webinar report: What’s the deal with preprints?

    November 03, 2016

    The first of our monthly #ECRwednesday webinars explored the advantages of preprints. Moderator: Emmanuelle Vire, Junior Team Leader at University College London and member of the eLife early-career advisory group. Speakers: Jessica Polka, Director of ASAPbio and visiting postdoc at Harvard Medical School; Buz Barstow, Burroughs Welcome Fund CASI Fellow at Princeton University; and Nikolai Slavov, Assistant Professor at Northeastern University. For decades researchers in physics and maths have been posting their latest research paper on a preprint server called at the same time as...

  4. Webinar report: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) from the National Institutes of Health

    November 11, 2015

    In the third and final webinar in our postdoctoral fellowships series, we heard about some of the awards offered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US.

  5. Webinar report: Sir Henry Dale Fellowships from the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust.

    November 09, 2015

    In the second webinar in our postdoctoral fellowships series , we heard about the Sir Henry Dale Fellowships funded by the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust. Moderator: Fiona Watt , Deputy Editor, eLife. Speakers: Candace Hassall , Head of Researcher Affairs at the Wellcome Trust; Alexander Thomson , Grants Operations Manager at the Royal Society; and Victoria Male , Sir Henry Dale Fellow, University College London. Sir Henry Dale Fellowships provide funding for postdoctoral scientists to set up their own independent labs in the UK. The fellowships are offered three times a year, and are...

  6. Webinar report: HFSP Postdoctoral Fellowships from the Human Frontier Science Program

    October 01, 2015

    In the first webinar in our postdoctoral fellowships series , we heard about the Postdoctoral Fellowships and Career Development Awards offered by the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP). Listen to a recording of the webinar (54 minutes) Moderator: Detlef Weigel , Deputy Editor, eLife. Speakers: Carmen Gervais , Director of Fellowships and Career Development Awards, HFSP; and Sebastian Haesler , Group Leader, Neuroelectronics Research Flanders, Leuven, Belgium. The Human Frontier Science Program is an international organisation that funds researchers in the life sciences through a mixture...

  7. What do early-career researchers think about open access?

    July 03, 2015

    A guest post by Divykriti Chopra, Leonid Schneider, Clara Martinez Perez, Ashish Malik and Prateek Mahalwar. Selecting a journal to submit a manuscript to is an important decision for any researcher. To find out the factors that influence this decision for early-career researchers, we conducted a survey of PhD students and postdocs at Max Planck Institutes across Germany. The respondents worked in a variety of fields including biology, medicine, chemistry, physics, mathematics and the social sciences. As advocates of open access (OA), we also wanted to find out how much early-career...