ARMI has launched its new Accelerator Program, designed to accelerate the career of post-doctoral fellows at the Institute.
The three-year Program, which will work in tandem with those already established at Monash University and other organisations, will help early-to-mid career researchers at ARMI face the many challenges of career advancement in academia. The Program’s emphasis, under the supervision of a Program Coordinator and Mentor, will be on the experiences and activities that will enable early career researchers to be competitive for academic leadership positions.
“This period in an academic researcher’s career is critical,” explained Silvio Tiziani, ARMI’s Director of External Strategy and Planning. “Often, researchers come up against disruptions, insecurity and burnout during this time. Academia loses some of its best and brightest at this stage. Support systems and programs have only recently emerged, highlighting the need to focus on fostering and nurturing the next generation of biomedical research leaders.”
Graduates of the ARMI Accelerator Fellowship Program will be able to demonstrate the following record and experiences to make them more competitive for a senior position within an academic research environment:
- Strong publication record: Demonstrated track record with publication in journals considered to be in the top quartile of their specialty.
- Success in grant applications: Demonstrated ability to apply and be successful for funding.
- Demonstrated leadership qualities: Have assumed a leadership position in a relevant professional society.
- Record of teaching/student supervision: Teaching accreditation and Honours/Masters and preferably PhD student co-supervision.
- Institute responsibility role: Active in ARMI scientific or organisational activities (including leadership of a key activity).
- Record of presentation at national and international conferences: Selected and/or invited speaker.
“We’re excited to launch this new program at ARMI,” said Silvio. “We look forward to playing an even greater role in helping advance the careers of promising young researchers and to fulfill their potential as leaders in the sector.”