Career and funding

Career and funding

"Failure to plan is a plan to fail"

A successful research career hinges not only on succeeding in getting that single paper published, it requires you to think ahead about where you want to be 3 to 5 years from now, or even 10 to 15 years.

You need to know where to find the funding to keep you going, so that when new opportunities present themselves, you are ready to take the next step.

Charting a succesful research career

Advice from the professionals

Choosing a Career Path - Academia or Industry?

After finishing your PhD you may be thinking, do I want office structure, or intellectual research freedom? Are my academic skills transferable to industry? How can I prepare a compelling CV?

Listen to advice from two people who have been in your shoes before. Click on any of the below 2 min video links and meet Sheba Agarwal-Jans and Chiat Cheong, both of whom have exchanged their seats in labs to seats in offices, where they both still work alongside academics every day.

Differences Academia and Industry
Applying your academic skill set in Industry
How useful is your PhD?
Writing a good CV
Prepare for a job interview
Advice from researchers working in corporate

ShebaSheba obtained her PhD in 2006 in genetics. She is now a Journal Publisher with Elsevier, responsible for the Immunology & Microbiology portfolio, consisting of 13 journals in various scientific fields.

ChiatChiat obtained her PhD in 2005 in the field of cancer gene therapy. After working for 11 years in academia, her interests in communication and project management took her to Postdoc Career Development Initiative (PCDI

). She now supports young scientists in developing their careers.

Boccaccini200x150How to select a supervisor

Choosing the right supervisor is just as important as being passionate about your research topic and wanting to make a contribution to society, according to Aldo Boccaccini, Chair and Professor for Biomaterials at the Department of Materials Science, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

"It's very clear, to all my peers and friends, that your supervisor plays a crucial role at the early Ph.D.level"

Mummery_kissA healthy work-life balance in research

Christine L. Mummery PhD. Professor of Developmental Biology and Head of the Department of Anatomy and Embryology, Leiden University Medical Centre, reveals her insights into how she maintains a healthy work-life balance as a scientist and mother of three.

Sail_200x150Setting sail on your research journey




Before you set sail on your research journey you should know how the wind blows. If you know what's waiting for you over the horizon, you can prepare for it. Before it happens.


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See a career guided by the use of tools and resources for search and discovery, funding, networking, writing and publishing.


Funding for your research

Chief Scientist at the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies (IMDEA)-Food, and Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacological Research Dr Francesco Visioli, gives advice to young scientists about different aspects of funding, which include competition, opportunities, funding intelligence tools, rejection, and putting together a CV for grant applications.Don't stop at the first opportunity. Try to look around, because there are some great opportunities out there that you might not be aware of.  "So keep looking, keep looking"


How to chart a successful research career

Interview with the author of Charting a Course for a Successful Research Career, Professor Alan M Johnson, Research Management Services International. Inform yourself of the pitfalls and make a plan.

Where do you want to be in 3 to 5 years? In 10 to 15 years?  With as many potential pitfalls as there are opportunities, getting an academic career facing the right direction can be a daunting challenge. Priceless yet free, Professor Johnson's invaluable eBook: Charting a Course for A Successful Research Career: A Guide for Early Career Researchers has been used as a resource in many workshops around the world, and is discussed here by Professor Johnson in this 30-minute video interview.

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Online training

At Elsevier, we are committed to supporting authors and reviewers. We have developed freely-available, bite-sized training webinars and developed a series of one hour live webinars all containing useful tips and tricks on getting published, peer review, journal and article metrics, grant-writing and getting your paper noticed. Browse our webinar channel and view the short or elaborate versions by yourself or as a group. Go to Training and workshops for more Publishing Connect information.


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