PERCAT Rep for New International Postdocs
What is your academic background and your current research field?
My background is Mechanical Engineering and currently I work at the Railway Research group within the School of Engineering. My works are related to analysing interaction between railway vehicle and the track beneath. This role involves developing mechanical models of vehicles and surroundings, improve the infrastructure for a smoother running of vehicles just to mention a few. Earlier I had worked on projects related to mathematical modelling of mechanical systems, mechatronics and fault diagnosis.
What is your role as a PERCAT Rep and how can international postdocs school contact you?
Within PERCAT I represent the International postdocs at the university. I myself had faced some hurdles while beginning a job at a new country. There are many pages within our university website offering wealth of information, but I feel a personal connection would be much more helpful. Apart from settling down into a new society, there could be other challenges which they face.
I invite everyone to contact me through email on issues which they feel concern a wider community.
What do you feel are the benefits of the PERCAT programme for postdocs and what do you feel have been the benefits to you from being a postdoc rep?
PERCAT is a very good portal offering training programmes in varied aspects towards improving our experience here at the university and also further in our career path. Be it financial planning on a personal level until improving interviewing skills for our professional growth, there is a myriad of sessions available.
Being in the PERCAT committee gives an opportunity to interact with researchers outside my domain and understand their perspectives. It feels good to identify areas where we are all on the same page and others where there is a cocktail of thoughts.