Early Career Researcher Professional Development



Events: Panel Discussions

The LMS Early Career Researcher Continuing Professional Development sessions are free online panel discussions, which are aimed at Early Career Researchers and run by the LMS Early Career Research Committee. Each sessions focuses on a particular element of career development for Early Career Researchers.

Schedule for 2022-23:

Registration: To attend the Continuing Professional Development sessions in 2022/23, please register once here to receive the Zoom links to all sessions. The Zoom link will be circulated the working day before each session. 


Session 4) Building your research community

Monday 6th March at 10.00am (GMT)

This panel will discuss how to find and build your research community, including how to find collaborators, and will offer the opportunity to ask more detailed questions.  The target audience is later year PhD students and early postdocs.


Session 5) Applying for jobs in industry

Thursday 30th March at 12pm (BST)

This panel will discuss how to find a first job in industry (broadly defined), and offer the opportunity to ask more detailed questions.


If you have any queries and/or any suggestions for topics to be discussed at the next session, or future sessions, please email ecr.chair@lms.ac.uk 


Downloadable Content from Panel Discussions

Session 1) Academic job search slides from the session on Thursday 20th October 2022 at 12pm (BST)

This panel covered the basics of applying for academic jobs (what material you need, where to find jobs, etc), and offered the opportunity to ask more detailed questions.  The target audience included both finishing PhD students and postdocs looking for their next position.

Session 2) Applying for grants and fellowships slides from the session on Thursday 1st December at 12pm (GMT)

This panel covered the basics of applying for grants and fellowships, and offered the opportunity to ask more detailed questions. The target audience was postdocs applying for a first grant, and PhD students planning ahead.

Session 3) Writing and publication slides from the session on Thursday 19th January at 12pm (GMT) will be available soon.

This panel discussed aspects of writing and publication, and offered the opportunity to ask more detailed questions.  The target audience was early career researchers at all stages.


Slides from Sessions in 2021-22

  • Session 1: 12.00pm (BST) Wednesday, 27 October 2021

The academic job search

This panel covered the basics of applying for academic jobs (what material you need, where to find jobs, etc), and offered the opportunity to ask more detailed questions.  

Session 1: The Academic Job Search Slides

  • Session 2: 12.00pm (GMT) Wednesday, 30 November 2021

Starting your first post-doc

This panel covered what to expect and what to prioritise in your first postdoc.  The intended audience were people in their first postdoc, and PhD students planning ahead.

Session 2: Starting your first postdoc Slides

  • Session 3: 12.00pm (GMT) 24 February 2022

Writing and Publication

Panellists: Jelena Grbic (Southampton), John Hunton (Durham) and Diane Maclagan (Warwick)

Session 3: Writing and Publication slides

  • Session 4: 12.00 (GMT) 24 March 2022

Building your research community

Panellists: Diane Maclagan (Warwick), Rachel Newton (KCL), Chris Parker (Birmingham) and Mariya Ptashnyk (Heriot-Watt)

This panel covered ways in which early career researchers can build their research community.  The intended audience were people in their first postdoc, and PhD students planning ahead.

Session 4: Building your research community slides


Early Career Advice from the Newsletter Archive


Guidance for the Supervision & Support of PhD Students

The LMS Research Policy Committee in consultation with the LMS Early Career Research Committee have produced Guidance for the Supervision & Support of PhD Students. 


Sources of Funding for Fellowships


Academic Jobs Pages


Mailing list sign-up

If you would like hear about the Panel Discussion events and other activities to support Early Career Researchers' Professional Development, please email ecr.chair@lms.ac.uk to confirm that you would like to be added to the mailing list.