Postdocs and ECRs

Introduction

The School of Biological Sciences at Monash is a great place to be an early-career researcher. We have a diverse and dynamic community of postdocs with a range of research interests, experience, and backgrounds.

Postdoc Representative

The current postdoc representative for the School of Biological Sciences is Isobel Booksmythe (isobel.booksmythe@monash.edu).

ECR Theme Leaders

Each of the School’s four Research Themes has an ECR theme leader who works with the leadership team of the theme to advance strategies and initiatives that augment the research capacity, standing and support of ECRs within the theme. Expressions of Interest for ECR theme leader positions open in September each year.  Current ECR theme leaders:

Funding Opportunities and Awards

The School of Biological Sciences offers several schemes to support ECR research, travel, and career development, and to recognise the outstanding achievements of our postdocs. Current schemes (and approximate application dates):

  • ECR National Conference Support award – offered in two application rounds each year (March and September), this funding aims to promote ECR attendance at Australian conferences.
  • ECR Career Development award – grants to increase the research capacity of postdocs through funding to hire a casual research assistant. Application date TBA.
  • Advancing Diversity in Biology grant – this award is designed to provide career development and research support for researchers belonging to underrepresented groups. Application guidelines available in September.
  • Mike Cullen Research Fellow Award – for the most outstanding publication resulting from postdoctoral research undertaken within the School. Application guidelines available in October. See past prizewinners here.

Other Opportunities

Give a seminar – the School currently hosts two weekly seminar series. You are very welcome to suggest yourself (or an external speaker) as a presenter. The postdocs also hold a morning tea with casual short talks by a couple of postdocs each month.

Guest lecturing opportunities – if you are interested in gaining lecturing experience, please contact the Education Director, Richard Reina (richard.reina@monash.edu) to introduce yourself and register your interest, with a short description of your expertise. See undergraduate courses offered through the School here.

Honours student supervision – Postdocs in the School are encouraged to supervise honours students (with a permanent academic staff member as co-supervisor). Details of the Honours program can be found here. Projects are advertised in the Honours Project booklet every 6 months; see the current booklet on the Honours page for examples of project descriptions. Postdocs interested in supervising should complete the Introduction to Graduate Research Supervision at Monash training course, available through myDevelopment.

University Postdoc/ECR Community

Monash is home to a friendly and vibrant community of ECRs, active at the School, Faculty, and University levels. These networks offer a variety of workshops, panel discussions, networking events and social activities. Make sure you sign up to stay informed!


Postdoctoral Researchers

Please click on the researcher's name to be taken to their Monash Research page, which includes their contact details.