PERCAT Rep for the School of Engineering.
What is your academic background and your current research field?
Dr. Sha Luo received her PhD from University of Bristol in 2018 in Geotechnical Engineering. Before that, she achieved the Bachelor of Science in Civil and Structural Engineering at Chong Qing University (China, 2010) and finished the Master of Science study in Dynamic and Earthquake Engineering at the University of Sheffield (UK, 2012). Her research activities include: micro-mechanics of soil particles, Non-Destructive method (Acoustic Emission) in the investigation of soil crushing, the development of particle size distribution curve measurement, structural response analysis under dynamic loading. She is current the Research Fellow in PLEXUS project at University of Birmingham, in there, she is the main researcher of the PLEXUS’ Soil-Foundation Structure Interaction Challenge.
What is your role as a PERCAT Rep and how can postdocs in your school contact you?
As the PERCAT Rep, it is my duty to listen to our postdocs, check their requests and feedback not only in career but the daily life, especially handling pressure; standing up for them to pass those messages to the relevant university sections and make sure all the voices be listened and the actions of improvement is undergoing. Please feel free to drop me an email (S.Luo@bham.ac.uk) or pop in my office (F33, Y3, Engineering Building) if you need a talk. I am always here for you.
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 PERCAT Rep?
PERCAT programme is more like an encyclopaedia, or even more than that. It is full of sources, like in career development, you can find huge number of workshops: how to preparing CV, interviews (academic job and grant), writing proposal, seeking research grant, building your own spin-out company. I would fully encourage all the postdocs have a look about the list of these workshops, it will be very helpful for your career planning. To me, being a postdoc rep is a really good practise to grow my leadership ability and improve my communicate skills. It is also an experience of joy to meet and chat with someone has the similar working experience but different background.