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RESEARCHER CAREER DEVELOPMENT PLANNING TEMPLATE

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The Researcher Career Development Planning Template

A Tool for Early Career Researchers

· The Researcher Career Development Planning Template is a tool which Early Career Researchers (ECRS) can use to explore career options, identify development gaps and opportunities, and support their career development and well-being;

· It is recommended that, within three months of commencement of employment with TU Dublin, the ECR, under the guidance of their Principal Investigator (PI) and/or Mentor, drafts a Career Development Plan;

· It is also recommended that goals/activities set should be ‘SMART’, that is:

· While PIs and their research team members have regular informal meetings and conversations around career development, it is recommended that ECRs and their PI have a formal career development review meeting every six months;

· Career Development will include a wide variety of formal and informal activity, from attendance at workshops, conferences, coaching around research proposal development as well as on the job activities;

· Every ECR who joins TU Dublin will have different knowledge, experience and skills and have their own aspirations and goals. The Career Development Planning template is a tool to be deployed to promote career development activity relevant to the individual ECR and their circumstances;

· In some cases, an ECR Career Development Plan may have been drafted as part of a research funding proposal application and this Plan can be used by the ECR and their PI/Mentor to review development activity and progress;

· ECRs may wish to participate in TU Dublin’s Mentoring Scheme, and if so, should email [email protected]

ECR Career Development Planning Stages

Stage

Early Career Researcher (ECR) Role

Principal Investigator (PI) Role

Stage 1

ECR Reflection and Preparatory Work

During first three months (before Stage 2)

ECR Self-Assessment

· ECR reflects on career aspirations and options;

· ECR identifies role models and/or becomes familiar with requirements of future role/s e.g. via job descriptions, on-line profiles, etc.;

· ECR shares self-assessment/initial draft of Career Development Plan with PI/Mentor.

· PI reviews ECR self-assessment

Stage 2

Formal Career Development Meeting/s - ECR with PI

To finalise Career Development Plan(first Meeting taking place within 3 months of commencement of employment)

· ECR and PI draft/finalise Career Development Plan;

· In light of meeting, ECR makes any adjustments to Career Development Plan;

· ECR commences implementation of Plan

Formal meeting between ECR and PI

· Ongoing informal activity and communication on the part of ECR and PI around implementation of Career Development Plan

Stage 3

Follow up/Regular Review Meetings

Formal Review Meetings

· Formal Review Meetings every six months;

· Updating of Career Development Plan in respect of progress, new activity, etc.

· Reviewing progress via formal and informal meetings;

· Provision of ongoing guidance and encouragement around development opportunities, progress, achievements and contribution.

Early Career Researcher (ECR)

Career Development Planning Template

EMPLOYMENT DETAILS

First Name:

Surname:

Current Role in TU Dublin:

Based in (School/ Centre/Institute):

Commenced in TU Dublin on:

Contract Expiry Date:

Name of Principal Investigator/Mentor:

ECR TU Dublin Email Address:

Thinking about your time in TU Dublin

What would you like to achieve?

· What achievements would you like to work towards over the next 1-3 years (e.g. publish journal article/s, submit research funding application/s, obtain leadership roles in my field, file patent/s, conference presentations, teaching/supervision, etc.)?

· At the end of your employment contract with TU Dublin, what will be different in your curriculum vitae compared to your curriculum vitae at the beginning of your contract?

· At the end of your current contract with TU Dublin, what new knowledge, skills, or personal attributes will you have acquired or enhanced?

Thinking about the future

What sort of career options are you considering and preparing for?

· Have you looked at a job description for your next academic role e.g. Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Fellow, Assistant Lecturer, Assistant Professor?

· Aside from seeking a role in academia, what other career options have you considered and researched?

· In becoming familiar with the career options open to you, what aspects of your curriculum vitae need to be developed and what actions/activity should you pursue in order to develop your curriculum vitae to match your career aspirations?

TU Dublin Researcher Career Development Framework (CDF) Identifying Areas for Development

CDF Area A – Discipline Specific

Formal/Informal Development Action/Activity

Timeline for completion

Disciplinary – growing knowledge of field and related skills

Research Design Skills, Methodology, Research Tools, etc.

Role of Creativity and Innovation

Other

RCDF Area B – Engagement, Dissemination, and Impact

Formal/Informal Development Action/Activity

Timeline for completion

Teaching (attendance at pedagogical workshops)

Supervision (Licence to Supervise)

Building My Networks and Networking Activity (including academic and non-academic networks and networking)

My Online Presence and Profile Review

Publication (academic and non-academic)

My Conference Plans

(Presenting, Posters, Organising, Steering Group Membership, Chairing, etc.)

My Interdisciplinary awareness/connections

Commercialisation knowledge/activity

Other

RCDF Area C – Professionalism

Formal/Informal Development Action/Activity

Timeline for completion

Ethics & Integrity including GDPR

Open Science (Open Access, Open Data, Data Management Plans)

Equality, diversity and inclusion aspects of research proposals, research projects and research teams (Licence to Interview, Unconscious Bias)

Health and Safety (completion of mandatory health and safety and any renewal/refresher courses due)

HR/People Management Skills (Licence to Interview, Unconscious Bias)

Research governance, project, management and reporting

Other

RCDF Area D – Career Development

Formal/Informal Development Action/Activity

Timeline for completion

Personal/Professional Career Self-Management (building confidence, developing resilience, time management skills, work-life balance, completion of PMDS Training, assignment of a Mentor)

My Research Funding Strategy and Plan (using Research Professional, become an evaluator, identifying key research funding agencies, both National and EU, understanding research proposal development and evaluation process/criteria)

Communication Skills (Interpersonal, working in a team, presentation skills, digital tools)

Team/Leadership Skills (TU Dublin has two leadership programmes, a general program which is open to all and the Aurora Program aimed at female staff members)

Writing Skills (for both academic/non-academic audiences)

Other

Checklist

Yes/No

Action

I have had or have scheduled a REIS ECR Orientation/Welcome

I have undertaken/scheduled my Mandatory Health & Safety Training

I have undertaken or am scheduling mandatory/recommended training, for example, Licence to Supervise, Licence to Interview, GDPR, Ethics & Integrity, Unconscious bias

I have undertaken or am arranging any training or development needed immediately in order for me to fulfil my role in TU Dublin, for example, any research project specific training/development activity

I am aware that TU Dublin has an Employee Assistance Programme (which provides a free confidential counselling service) and know where to find more information about the service.

I am or are becoming familiar with relevant national research funding agencies and signed up to any e-zines that funding agencies have.

I am or am becoming familiar with EU research funding structure and funding opportunities

I have set up alerts for my research funding calls using Research Professional.

I have registered on TU Dublin’s Research Information System (RIS) – accessed via TU Dublin REIS section of website.

I am familiar with or intend to become familiar with the research proposal evaluation criteria commonly used by research funding agencies.

I have looked at the Research & Enterprise section of the website including intranet section and know where to get information and support around Research Support Services, Hothouse, Graduate Research School, etc.

I have an Orchid ID.

I understand what is meant by transferable skills and have identified any transferable skills I wish to acquire or enhance.

I have agreed a date with my PI for my next Career Development Planning Review Meeting.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT PLANNING AND REVIEW MEETING SCHEDULE

Career Development Planning/Review Meeting

Meeting Number and Timing

Scheduled for:

Career Development Planning Meeting

Meeting 1

Months 1-3 Year 1

Career Development Plan Review

Meeting 2

Year 1

Career Development Plan Review

Meeting 3

Year 2

Career Development Plan Review

Meeting 4

Year 2

Career Development Plan Review

Meeting 5

Year 3

Career Development Plan Review

Meeting 6

Year 3

Career Development Plan Review

Meeting 7

Year 4

Career Development Plan Review

Meeting 8

Year 4

Career Development Plan Review

Meeting 9

Year 5

Career Development Plan Review

Meeting 10

Year 5

RESEARCHER CAREER DEVELOPMENT PLANNING

Development Activity Log Record Summary

Date

RCDF Area

Activity/Achievement

Other/Notes

Career Development Planning/Review Meeting No. ______

Date: ___________________

Notes (Actions/Reminders etc.)

Career Development Planning/Review Meeting No. ______

Date: ___________________

Notes (Actions/Reminders etc.)

RESEARCHER CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Technological University Dublin5th Floor Park House, Grangegorman Campus191 North Circular Road Dublin 7 D07 EWV4Irelandwww.tudublin.ie

CONTACT US

Dr Sandra FisherCo-ordinator - Researcher Development (Postdoctoral & Early Career Researcher Support) Research, Enterprise & Innovation Services (REIS)

T + 353 1 2205047M + 353 086 7015258E: [email protected]

Discipline/ Field

Career Development

Engagement, Dissemination & Impact

Professionalism

Discipline/ Field

Career Development

Engagement, Dissemination & Impact

Professionalism

Discipline/ Field

Career Development

Engagement, Dissemination & Impact

Professionalism

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TU Dublin RESEARCHER CAREER DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK (RCDF)

Developing a Researcher’s Knowledge, Skills and Personal Attributes in Key Areas

Area ADiscipline/ Field Specific

• Disciplinary – growing knowledge of field and relatedskills e.g. critical thinking, analysis, interpretation,etc;

• Research design skills - methods, techniques, tools,data management;

• The role of creativity and innovation.

Area CProfessionalism

• Ethics & Integrity;

• Open Science;

• Equality, Diversity and Inclusion;

• Health & Safety;

• HR/People management skills;

• Research governance, project and financial

management, and reporting.

Area BEngagement, Dissemination and Impact

• Teaching;

• Supervising and mentoring;

• Societal/stakeholder/professional network/media;

• Publication (academic and non-academic audiences);

• Commercialisation;

• Interdisciplinary awareness, knowledge and skills.

Area DCareer Development

• Personal and Professional Career Self-management(building confidence, developing career self-management skills, work-life balance);

• Research funding strategy – understanding theresearch funding landscape (general and disciplinespecific), identifying research funding opportunities,developing research proposals, understanding theresearch proposal evaluation system and criteria;

• Communication skills (e.g. interpersonal, team,presentation, networking, digital tools);

• Team/ Leaderships skills;

• Writing (for academic and non-academic audiences).

TU Dublin RESEARCHER CAREER DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK (RCDF)

WHERE TO GO FOR A WORKSHOP OR SUPPORT

Area ADiscipline/ Field Specific

PI/MentorInstitute Academic Leader College Head of Research Local School/Research CentreRelevant Professional Associations Relevant Networks

Area BEngagement, Dissemination and

Impact

Research, Enterprise & Innovation Services (REIS)HothouseLibrary ServicesDigital Skills & Research Hub Learning, Teaching & Technology CentreGraduate Research School

Area CProfessionalism

REISResearch Finance/Corporate Services Human Resources/Corporate Services Research Ethics & Integrity CommitteeStaff Development Health & SafetyUnit

Area DCareer Development

PI/Mentor REISStaff Development