Postdoctoral research system in the UK

Lu, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-0064-4725, 2016. Postdoctoral research system in the UK. In: International Symposiumon Postdoctoral Systems, Zhuhai, China, 10-12 December 2016.

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A postdoctoral researcher is a person who has obtained a Ph.D. and is professionally conducting research or/and teaching. In the United Kingdom, 25% of doctors in the natural sciences continue to undertake postdoctoral research. Postdoctoral researchers play an important role in
carrying on research in the universities, industry and institutes. The article is aimed to introduce UK postdoc
system. It is intended to compare postdoc system between UK and China as a guide for improving future postdoc system and for those who are thinking of a career in UK academic science, so there are also some suggestions and advice for
opportunities of joint postdoc programme. There is growing
pressure for postdocs because of increasing number of postdocs and few places of academia available in UK.
For stepping stone on the pathway to an academic career
which is a more stable academic position, postdocs must produce a solid set of publications, obtain excellent
experience and skills to find opportunities and often secure research funding of their own. In addition, it will be useful if postdoc researchers can build a new network of scientific colleagues and friends that will support you
for the rest of your career. In recent years, some UK universities have explored more opportunities for supporting postdoc research, such as, joint Postdoc scheme with Chinese
Intuitions and postdoc posts funded by university and industry.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Lu, C.
Date: December 2016
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 05 May 2017 15:27
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:14

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