Postdocs at NDORMS
We have over 100 postdocs at NDORMS, part of a thriving multidisciplinary team of 400 researchers. We are committed to providing postdocs with excellent research opportunities, as well as career support and professional development.
Both the University and our department provide a wide range of free courses to help you in your professional development as a scientist.
Sign up to the mailing list and browse the websites regularly for opportunities.
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- Grant writing workshop - periodic, advertised in NDORMS Bulletin Postdoc Corner
- Career events - periodic, advertised in NDORMS Bulletin Postdoc Corner
- How to supervise and examine- run in the Botnar by OLI and compulsory if you want to co-supervise or examine graduate students - contact Sam Burnell
- Hands-on practise with Chairing conference sessions in the NDORMS PG Student Termly Seminar series - contact Dr James Edwards
- Hands-on practise giving feedback to PG students on their research presentations - contact Dr James Edwards
- Opportunites to teach for the Dept - see Teaching link and contact Prof Nikki Horwood
- NDORMS scientific writing, scientific reviewing courses - contact Sarah Snelling
- Specialist modules including statistics - you are welcome to attend the NDORMS DPhil Training program Core Lecture series in October or Specialist Modules including statistics (runs Nov-June) -contact Sarah Snelling
Enhancing Teaching Programme - Sciences
Interested in gaining a nationally-recognised teaching qualification?
The Enhancing Teaching Programme (ETP) is aimed at early career academic staff and teaching staff with typically with 1 to 5 years of teaching experience in higher education. It provides a structured, time-conscious pathway to a nationally-recognised teaching qualification aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education, at Descriptor 2. Professional recognition of teaching is becoming increasingly important in higher education policy and is often sought by those hiring for academic posts in the UK.
The ETP aims to help participants develop their teaching practices in the Oxford setting as well as to think about teaching in other settings (UK and international). It does not promote the idea that there is only one way to teach well, but rather encourages participants to form their own opinions through discussion with peers and mentors, getting feedback from students, and exploring a range of educational approaches.
The closing date for applications to the ETP-Sciences is Friday 25 November 2016, 12 noon, for the January 2017 programme.
More information here.
For example, they link your publications from different workplaces to your name, perform analyses of your citations and impact over time, provide geographical/network maps of co-authors (useful if you're trying to find an expert that someone in NDORMS might know!) or ResearcherID provides a profile link button that you can stick on your work or personal websites.
other university resources
Oxford's high staff to student ratio makes it a very competitive University to gain teaching experience at, where even established lecturers compete to give mainstream student lectures. However, it is worth it!
NDORMS supports and encourages postdocs wishing to gain teaching experience, where suitable and agreed with your supervisor.
Within NDORMS we suggest the following:
- Complete the teaching part I (PLTO) and part II (DLT) courses available free via the Oxford Learning Institute. Note that this is compulsory if you wish to apply to teach on our NDORMS MSc and DPhil courses or to give FHS Medicine tutorials. (These courses are very popular so please don't book and cancel at the last moment or not at all - NDORMS then has to pay for your course and you block access for other users!)
Description of courses | To book OLI resources
- You are invited to prepare and present lectures to our 1st year DPhil students. The course starts in October with general induction material for a broad multi-disciplinary group and continues with optional specialist modules. You may be required to practice your talk with a peer group before being accepted into the formal course. Please contact Sarah Snelling for details.
- Discuss any possible teaching opportunities on the NDORMS MSc in Musculsoskeletal Sciences with the course co-ordinator Prof Stephanie Dakin
- Ask your PI if you may advertise to host a project for an FHS (2nd year Medicine/Biomedical Science) or Biochem part II student. This will allow you to design a mini project, recruit the student, train and supervise their work and write-up and submit an OxCORT report (the Universities online reporting system). NDORMS provides some funds for FHS student projects after successful completion. Contact Prof Claire Edwards with enquiries.
- Talk to the staff members in OLI and contract staff training and get your name on the staff development mailing lists or any teaching opportunities lists. Details here. Be persistent and practise your networking skills!
For general queries and advice contact the Postdoc advisors - Prof Philippa Hulley, Prof Kim Midwood, Dr Linda Troeberg, Prof David Beard, Dr James Edwards, Dr Audrey Gérard and Dr Jelena Bezbradica Mirkovic.
NDORMS is committed to developing and supporting the postdocs in the department. Our team of Postdoc Advisors is available to help and guide you through opportunities and challenges. You also have access to our mentoring scheme.
Informal and confidential career discussion sessions for NDORMS contract staff can be booked at any time with:
Moved country 5 times, 4 research institutes, foreign PhD, foreign postdoc, foreign early career fellowship, 2 UK career Fellowships, twice tenured South Africa and UK.
Post Doc experience in the US and UK, early and senior fellowships, grant review panels, balancing research with family life, tenure track.
Several research institutes. Moved countries- UK/Australia. Kids and family. Career fellowships. Tenured. Clinical Interface. National committee and NIHR representation
Oxford student to Oxford PI via alternative paths in scientific research through US, Australia and UK; fellowship and industry funding approaches, building a family life in and around academic sciences.
4 Research institutes- 3 EU countries and USA. Post doc experience in the US and Netherlands. Grant writing. Balancing research with family life.
PhD and post doc in US, Postdoc in Australia, postdoc fellowship and early career grants, starting up a new lab, working towards tenure, finding balance in research and family life.
Your point of contact if you want to feed ideas/comments/requests through to Division or for general discussion by the NDORMS Postdoc Advisor group.
If you would like more formal and confidential support, please refer to the NDORMS Mentoring Scheme.