PERCAT Rep for the School of Engineering
What is your academic background and your current research field?
I am a Research Fellow in Railway Mechatronics Systems at Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, in the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering since September 2018. Before joining University of Birmingham, I have more than three years postdoctoral research experience combining my tenure at Loughborough University, UK and Inha University, South Korea. I received PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in Mechanical Engineering in 2015. My research has ranged from automobile suspension systems, magneto-rheological fluid devices to railway track switch research. I am currently working on new railway track switch project (S-CODE) funded by the European Commission under Shift2Rail initiative.
What is your role as a PERCAT Rep and how can postdocs in your school contact you?
In November 2018, I joined PERCAT as a postdoctoral representative for the School of Engineering. In this role, I ensure that the postdocs know about different activities, opportunities available in the University and outside. With other representatives our aim is to improve overall post-doc experience throughout the university. I can be contacted by email (S.Dutta@bham.ac.uk) and am located at NG11 in Gisbert Kapp Building.
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?
The PERCAT program offers excellent opportunity for career development. PERCAT covers a large range of events focusing not only on trainings for academic career, but also for career outside academia. I personally got benefited by the trainings offered by PERCAT. This role offered me the chance to interact with a wide range of post-doc and early career researchers throughout the university and allowed me to provide my thoughts and feedback on the events.