Early Career Researcher Network
The Early Career Researcher Network helps support postdocs and PhD students in their career development. Dr Helen Eyles coordinates the network alongside a steering committee of peers from across the department.
We are in the process of organizing a series of monthly events for the upcoming academic year, addressing a range of topics such as grant writing, publishing, and non-academic career paths. This is intended to complement existing events provided at university level, but to be more specific to the needs of Biosciences.
If there is an issue you would like advice or training on or if you have an idea for an event, please contact us – ideas are welcome!!
Keep up-to-date with the network and its activities by checking out the following links:
- University of Exeter Early Careers Researchers on Facebook
- Biosciences ECRN on Twitter @ECRNBioSci
- To join the ECRN Slack group contact James Beard
Great resources and guidelines from the University of Exeter
- Early Career Researchers (ECR) Hub, A central webpage with links to many ECR resources available at the University
- Researcher Toolkit great tool to help answer all your questions about any aspect of research
- Sign up to the Research News mailing list for details on seminars and workshops for early career researchers
- Find our guidelines for the one step beyond mentoring scheme, a new scheme for mentoring outside of your usual line management, tailored specifically for ECRs
Inclusivity and the University of Exeter
- The University Inclusivity Toolkit provides excellent training and guidance including advice on inappropriate behaviour and what you can do
- Seven simple tips for Avoiding gender bias in letter of reference writing, courtesy of the University of Arizona Commission on the Status of Women
- Instructions for applying for leave and flexible working
- Find jobs nationwide through WISE, a campaign to promote women in science, technology and engineering or for adverts for Exeter specific jobs
- How to thrive in a PhD or Post-Doc. A wealth of tips, talks and templates, courtesy of Professor Scott Keogh at the Australian National University, bringing together resources and advice for students and post-docs
Meet the ECRN committee
(ECRN Committee Chair)
I’m getting to be an old hand at postdoccing, having received my PhD in 2011. Since then I’ve held postdoc positions in Berlin and Exeter.
I am a passionate believer in sharing opportunities and making sure that those who have achieved their goals aren’t able to pull up the ladder on the rest. I therefore advocate for the Biosciences Early Career Researcher (ECR) community widely, representing us on various university and department committees. I’ve been involved in the Biosciences ECR Network for several years and hope that anyone who has an idea about what the ECRN should do, or a way to make the ECRN better or increase its reach would come and talk to me (I’m – currently – in Rm 323). Likewise, anyone who feels in need of support or just is new to the department is welcome to get in touch – with me or anyone on the committee!
On the research side: I'm a plant pathologist and my work focusses on the infection biology of Zymoseptoria tritici (Septoria Tritici Blotch of wheat), but I have also been involved in projects on ash dieback and 'Panama' disease of banana during my time in Exeter. Before Exeter, I worked on plant stress signalling and on disease resistance in metal hyperaccumulating plants.
I work in the Living Systems Building having transferred from working with nanomaterials in the Department of Engineering at Exeter. I'm currently involved in an imaging project to map the neural networks of invertebrates, with application to better understanding of behaviour and nervous systems.
I am a post-doc working in Ivana Gudelj’s group. My research looks at ecological interactions between microbes, how they evolve and how they influence the success of both individual genotypes and populations. With Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the Rice blast fungus, Magnaporthe oryzae, I use molecular biology and ecological experiments to examine the ways that organisms metabolise nutrient resources, how feeding mechanisms evolve and how different metabolic strategies can influence disease virulence and the fitness of a pathogen populations.
I am an evolutionary biologist with interests in the use of population genomics in understanding how species adapt, particularly in a conservation and management context. I am currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Fraser Lab working on a NERC-NSF funded project investigating the ecological genomics of adaptive polymorphism in the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata).
I am a BBSRC Research Fellow and an evolutionary biologist investigating links between genomic/epigenomic and phenotypic variation, which infer adaptation. In particular, I am interested in host-parasite interactions, and evolution of the immune system, as well as adaptation as a result of human impact on species. My central research project focusses on applying evolutionary genomic approaches to the management of farmed animals, specifically with the aim to reduce infectious disease in aquaculture. I also have on-going projects that focus on the interplay between immune-genomic variation, parasite infections, and phenotypic variation in natural populations.
(ECRN – Academic member of committee)
I am a senior lecturer and work on microsporidia parasites. I use environmental genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics to try to better understand how different members of this phylum interact with their hosts and how their highly reduced genomes have evolved over both long and short timescales.
I am a research assistant at ISCA Diagnostics, a spin out company of the University of Exeter. We use hybridoma technology to develop monoclonal antibodies against fungi, for use in immunodiagnostic assays. I am particularly interested in opportunistic, human pathogenic fungi and using antibodies to enable faster and more specific diagnosis for the diseases they cause.