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Doctoral School for Health & Life Sciences

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Doctoral School for Health & Life Sciences

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At any level in the career development as a researcher, developing more confidence will increase your sense of career satisfaction. You can develop more confidence by having a clear understanding of what you want to do in your career and by building your capacity to meet the basic needs that all researchers have.

The career development of a researcher can be viewed as a process of fulfilling these needs (Figure: ‘The researchers needs roadmap’). The concept can be used as framework for career development.


In this workshop an overview of the researcher needs will be conducted and students will learn principles for increasing their ability of meeting those needs in a more efficient manner and instigate to make step changes on a personal and professional level.

Participants will learn how to decide upon a career path and they will learn how to build their capacity as researcher in multiple different career paths. The 2-day interactive session (outlined below) will demonstrate a generalised approach that can be applied to all the needs and will help position the students as leaders in research. At the end of the workshop students will have increased levels of confidence and a career guidebook that will directly be applicable to their next grant funding proposal or future manuscripts. The production of a researcher’s career roadmap will be usable to plan these valuable skills accordingly.

Outline of workshop

  1. Webinar for participants to orientate about content
  2. Homework (imbedded time management), 20 min/ day for 2 weeks
  3. Evaluation
  4. Workshop: 2 days of 6 hour interactive sessions. As part of the training, each participant will receive a booklet and will have access to online documents and slide decks. Most sessions are organized around a presentation, then an interactive session, and closed with a a wrap-up session that highlights take home points, the business perspective, alternative career paths, and next actions

Day 1:

i. Efficiency: [interactive session that will help you understand a general strategy to become more efficient]
ii. Researchers need #1: Funding [building a 1 slide call topic frame for your ideal grant and as part of your guidebook]
iii. Researchers need #2: Methods [create a pitch for your techniques (existing to to be developed) which give you an unfair advantage and pitch to one another]
iv. Researchers need #3: Data [exercise to help you appreciate the challenges of working with data and a live data exploration effort]

Day 2:

i. Researchers need #4: Publications [exercise to illustrate a method of reviewing your writing and then practice of that method]
ii. Session on collaboration in life sciences
iii. Building your own guidebook that will help you decide upon your career path and develop your capacity as a researcher

5. Follow up TC

2-hour discussion: participants will present individual guide book in 3 minutes and share thoughts and experiences.

For whom?

  • PhD students and postdocs
  • There are 10 places available


  • This training will take place on April 20 and 21, 2017 - each day 9:00 - 16:00.


  • room E139, building D, campus Diepenbeek


  • Registration is closed.
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by e-mail in due time.

Acknowledged as?

  • DS MLS: category transferable skills - one compulsory elective course