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Becoming a Successful Early Career Researcher by Adrian Eley, Jerry Wellington, Stephanie Pitts, Catherine Biggs


Becoming a Successful Early Career Researcher by Adrian Eley, Jerry Wellington, Stephanie Pitts, Catherine Biggs

Not that long ago there were fairly clear divisions between researchers at different stages throughout their career, starting with doctoral students then progressing to postdoctoral workers and finishing with academic staff. However, more recently the term Early Career Researcher (ECR) has been introduced partly as a response to their growing importance which has been reflected by their increased respect and status shown by national, international and funding bodies. There are several common features of an ECR's job including the need to establish a professional identity and develop into an independent researcher, competing for grants and increasing one's output of research publications; this book offers proven practical advice to help ECRs kick-start a successful academic career. * With advice on: * Choosing research topics * Making best use of a Research Supervisor/Mentor * Developing your research writing * Getting published: journals and books * Writing a research grant/fellowship * Becoming a supervisor * Becoming a teacher, and * Developing your career This guide will help academics at the start of their career no matter what discipline they are engaged in...Arts, Humanities, Sciences or Social Sciences. For example, in sciences and engineering, ECRs are commonly part of a large research team and often have to work in collaborative groups; requiring strong interpersonal skills but can lead to tension in the interaction with one's supervisor or mentor. In contrast, in the arts and humanities and perhaps the social sciences, an ECR is more likely to be an independent scholar with a requirement to work alone, leading to a different type of relationship (but not necessarily any less stressful) with one's supervisor or mentor. Using case studies from across the subject areas to illustrate key points and give suitable examples this vital guide will help all early career academics.

About the Author

Adrian Richard Eley is Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology at the University of Sheffield Medical School, UK. Jerry Wellington is Professor and Head of Research Degrees in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield, UK. Stephanie Pitts is Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Sheffield, UK. Catherine Biggs is Reader in Biomechanical Engineering and Head of Research Degrees in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK.

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Publication date

14th June 2012


Adrian Eley, Jerry Wellington, Stephanie Pitts, Catherine Biggs

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


168 pages


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