Announcement of Opportunity:
Applications sought from at least five additional early-career scientists to expand the EMN
Deadline: 31st August 2015
As introduced during the Metabolomics Society Annual Conference in San Francisco, US, in June/July 2015, we are inviting at least five early career researchers to join the early-career committee of the Society's new Early-career Members Network (EMN). The mission of the EMN is to recognize the value and importance of our early-career members, to ensure that their views are heard and acted upon, ultimately improving their experience in metabolomics science and our community. We are looking for creative thinkers to address challenges, such as, how do we aid early-career scientists to enter and engage with our scientific community? What mechanisms can we construct to allow student contributions (talks and posters) to be openly discussed in a safe environment, where senior scientists can teach and advise, and where no question is too basic? What activities and benefits can we develop to encourage students and postdocs to want to join (and remain members of) the Metabolomics Society even in years when they do not attend the annual conference? What training courses are required? How else can the Society serve its early-career members?
Existing members of the EMN committee
Sastia Putri (Osaka University, Japan), David Liesenfeld (German Cancer Research Center Heidelberg, Germany), Thomas Payne (Imperial College London, UK), Ralf Weber (University of Birmingham, UK), Nicholas Rattray (University of Manchester, UK), Evangelia Daskalaki (University of Strathclyde, UK), Gabriel Valbuena (Imperial College London, UK), Justin van der Hooft (Glasgow Polyomics, UK), and Vincent Asiago (DuPont Pioneer, USA), Jennifer Reid (University of Alberta, Canada), Biswapriya Misra, (University of Florida, USA), and Agnetta Kiss (Institute of Analytical Sciences (ISA), France)
We welcome applications from students conducting higher degrees (Masters, PhDs) in a metabolomics discipline, or from those within 5 years of their PhD who are actively engaged in metabolomics science. As an international society we encourage applications from all continents. Successful applicants must be members of the Metabolomics Society (or immediately become members upon joining the task group).
There is much exciting work to be done and much to achieve! Therefore we anticipate a contribution of up to two hours per week (on average). If the Early-career Members Network organises sessions at conferences or other events, time commitments will increase accordingly. Note also that the existing members of the EMN committee members span many time zones, so some conference calls may occur early or late in the day. No dedicated travel will be required for the EMN committee discussions. The appointment to the EMN committee is for one year initially, and may be extended up to three years. It is your responsibility to discuss this commitment with your supervisor(s) prior to applying.
Please send the following, in one document (.docx or .pdf), to the EMN committee (email@example.com).
1. One-page resume with relevant experience in developing and leading networking activities (e.g., student rep for other societies) plus your research experience in metabolomics (e.g., presentations, publications, etc.)
2. Up to 300 words on why you fit the role and up to an additional 300 words (one page in total) on what ideas you are passionate about developing as part of the Early-career Members Network.
Applications will then be reviewed by members of the Metabolomics Society’s Strategy Task Group and the existing EMN committee members and successful candidates informed in September 2015.
Please feel free to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions or comments regarding our planned activities this year (i.e., online webinars and workshops). If you think you have a great idea for a new activity we should organise then please do share with us; the EMN can only be a success with your support and ideas!
Announcement of Opportunity: