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Professional and Career Development for Postdocs

C-DICE offers a diverse, stimulating and comprehensive suite of training, flexibly designed to meet and respond to the needs of postdoctoral researchers. Our expert-led webinars, postdoctoral researcher development opportunities, short and long training programmes enable postdocs to expand their professional development portfolios and enhance career opportunities. Working with well-established, trusted partners from higher education and industry we design high-quality training that aims to enhance research impact and strengthen skills linked to career development.

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Expert-led training

Our expert-led training opportunities draw on the expertise available across our extensive C-DICE Partnership. This includes 18 HEI providers, Energy Research Accelerator | ERA , UKCRIC as well as partners including the Faraday Institution, Alan Turing Institute and industrial partners. We work with external partners including relevant government departments and specialist training providers. Examples of our expert-led training provision include: water masterclasses, sustainable construction, Intellectual Property Office, nuclear power and life cycle analysis. We continue to develop and expand our series of expert-led training with the aim of enhancing professional knowledge and intellectual abilities of postdocs.

Communication and collaboration

Communicating your research is a key element of your work as a postdoc and our training supports you in extending the reach and impact of your research, through effective communication. We aim to provide opportunities to communicate effectively through a range of media and our training opportunities reflect this. Our unique ‘Video Impact’ training programme is an excellent example of this. We run regular writing retreats led by experts in the field as well as policy workshops as a part of our annual conference. Our Impact Hub offers valuable opportunities for collaborating via policy workshops, Dragons’ Dens, our annual conference and quarterly sandpits, which also attract funding for winning teams.

Postdoctoral expertise and career development

We value our postdocs highly and a key aim of C-DICE is to facilitate sharing of expertise across our network. Our postdoc-led series of training provides an excellent opportunity for postdocs to develop key skills linked to communicating their research, as well as building skills in design and delivery of training for peers. Expert C-DICE support for co-creating effective training helps postdocs in designing and delivering short webinars, half day training events or conference presentations. Postdocs who attend our development sessions learn from expert peers and enhanced networking opportunities are facilitated. Examples of our postdoc development opportunities include; career pathways for postdocs, energy systems modelling and frameworks for sustainability.

Technical skills and facilities-based training

Uniquely placed to work closely with our UKCRIC partners, we are establishing technical training opportunities and facilities-based training. Watch this space for events as we design and promote training opportunities with our partner HEI and UKCRIC facilities over the coming few months.

Connecting with industry

Links with industrial partners are key for postdocs’ research and work, linked to our common net zero aspirations. Our work with a wide range of industrial partners includes funded development opportunities, Postdoctoral Researcher Development Funding Opportunities. To complement our development opportunities, we provide regular training to enhance and develop the skills to connect with industry. Whether part of a facilities-based training day, an extended training programme or an expert-led or peer-peer webinar, postdocs can access training to meet their needs and develop the skills to link with industrial partners, that could impact on career pathways and provide extended networking opportunities.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

In order to realise the full transformative potential of the C-DICE programme, EDI is embedded and foregrounded in all activities. We aim to ensure that an inclusive culture, grounded in the nine protected characteristics, is created and that other challenges to participation are also considered in our events and activities.

More details can be found here.

Contact us

Our training programme is continually evolving in response to need and we are keen to hear from postdocs. Please contact us via the form below, to let us know about your training requirements. You can also let us know what peer-peer training you may be able to contribute. You can use this form to contact us:

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