Dear Post-docs and Early Career Researchers
I joined the School of Cancer Sciences as a post-doctoral researcher in January 2011. Prior to this I worked at the Genome Damage and Stability Centre at the University of Sussex for 6 years, during which time I completed my PhD. The research I have undertaken during my research career has been mainly focused on understanding the links between DNA damage and human disease, and in the future I aim to become an independent researcher running my own laboratory pursuing this research interest.
I have temporarily taken over the role of Cancer Sciences representative for the Postdoctoral / Early Researcher Career development And Training (PERCAT) committee from Rebecca Jones who is currently on maternity leave.
Although our primary role as post-docs/early career researchers is to perform research and generate data there are many other aspects to our job, including grant writing, budgeting, lab management, reviewing papers and mentoring students. Indeed at times it seems that the learning curve of post-doctoral research is as steep, if not steeper, than that of PhD studies. However I relish the challenge of academic research and am always keen to gain experience in all aspects of this job.
I am always happy to help so if you have any queries or need any help with anything then please don’t hesitate to contact me.