środa, 18 kwietnia 2018

czwartek, 29 marca 2018

BBSRC IFF - jak napisać aplikację na grant?

Mam grant na kolejne 6 miesęcy, czyli jeszcze trochę popracuję w Manchesterze.
I mam więcej czasu na spokojne skończenie doktoratu.
I powoli spełniam swoje postanowienia noworoczne ;-)))



Co było ważne w tej aplikacji?

To grant z firmą partnerską (tak to po polsku będzie? ;P industrial partner - partnerem przemysłowym?), dostałam dobry list (cover letter) od nich, fajnie napisany. Sama aplikacja nie taka długa, chyba 5 sekcji po 200-250 słów, nie tak dużo. Warte podkreślenia było jak to nasza współpraca jest ważna i pożyteczna, i że na prawdę mnie tam chcą ;) No i będę kontynuować to, co do tej pory robiłam, więc mam doświadcznie i preliminary data. Poszło. Pomógł profesor, bo przepisał to co ja napisałam, używając ładnych profesjonalnych słów, których jeszcze po angielsku mi brakuje. Kopiuję trochę dla przykładu, może komuś się przyda..

Np.: The industrial partner will deliver state-of-the-art approaches and training;
that exploits cutting-edge technologies to design and create best-in-class...;
The project will involve knowledge and skills transfer based on the core expertise of the partners.
The MIB is a leading industry-interfaced institute at the forefront of international developments in at the heart of BBSRC’s portfolio.
The MIB team, primarily through the work of Sylwia, has made a step-change ...
There is extensive preliminary work already carried out by the MIB partners, which can be used as a starting point for the collaboration, and will ensure that the resources devoted to the project are not diverted to solving problems in sample production.
Sylwia was awarded this highly competitive studentship, and has excelled in her studies. To deliver now on the aims of the IDP Network, it is imperative that these future investigators have a route to appropriate career development. This scheme will enable us to retain Sylwia’s skill-base and expertise within the UK, and expose her to the opportunities that are available at the interface between UK academia and industry. We believe that the experience gained here will place her in a prime position to be successful in the award of follow-on funding, with which to secure a long-term commitment to interweaving local academic excellence with UK Industry.
This project will examine the wider picture of how best to interface between a leading academic research institute and a growing ... development SME, especially exposure to the working demands of the two environments and the wider opportunities that each may offer. This learning process will guide the longer-term plan. However, some opportunities are readily identifiable today.

Prawda że ładnie napisane? :))

poniedziałek, 26 marca 2018

Czy trudno o visę?

Jak to jest z tą wizą do Ameryki? I czy ciężko ją dostać? Nie, jak się leci na konferencję.
Już niedługo - see you in Orlando!


Mój mąż powiedział że pierwszy raz mam dokument z ładnym zdjęciem ;))) Bo może być z lekkim uśmiechem ;) Jak to było z tą wizą? Wcale nie tak strasznie! Owszem - najpierw trzeba odpowiedzieć na masę dziwnych pytań w ankiecie (online); typu czy nie jesteś terrorystą, czy nie torturowałeś ludzi, czy zamierzasz po przyjeździe zostać prostytutką itd... Kto tam w ogóle zaznacza "YES" ???
Ale ta ankieta nie jest aż "tak długa" jak słyszałam. W ambasadzie w Londynie też nie jest aż tak strasznie jak internety piszą. Czas schodzi - prawda, zajęło mi to jakieś 1,5 godziny, ale nie było tak źle! Gdzieś na jakimś blogu przeczytałam że nie wolno wnosić telefonu komórkowego i niedaleko jest apteka która udostępnia lockery żeby schować rzeczy.. Chyba jakieś stare informacje?? Można wejść z telefonem, nie ma problemu. Trzeba się nastawić na kolejki, ale nie ma co przychodzić wcześniej. Ja byłam pod pierwszą bramką na czas (trochę za późno, ale na dobre mi to wyszło), koleś przede mną był 45 min przed czasem i go odesłali, nie wpuszczają wcześniej niż 30 min przed godziną z rejestracji online. Pierwsza bramka - skanowanie torby, jak na lotnisku. Potem kolejka do wejścia. Kolejka na zewnątrz, a było straszliwie zimno tamtego dnia, dlatego na dobre mi wyszło "prawie spóźnienie", bo bez kolejki wpuszczali tych, którym zbliżała się godzina. Potem numerek do pobrania i czekanie na odciski palców. Potem następne czekanie na rozmowę. I to ten punkt o który ludzie się boją - bo jeśli chodzi o wizę turytyczną, to jest bardziej skomplikowane, i słyszałam jak ludzie się tłumaczyli np. ma tam brata który studiuje to i to, na tamtym uniwersytecie, będzie u niego nocował, tylko na 2 tygodnie itd. Ja aplikowałam o wizę biznesową, na której nie mogę pracować, moja rozmowa trwała mniej niż minutę. Właściwie to może z 15 sekund.. ;) Miałam też list z zaproszeniem na konferencję, do wglądu konsula. - What are you doing? - Research, at the University of Manchester.- Are you flying for a conference? - Yes. - In Florida? - Yes, Orlando. - Approved, you will get your visa in about a week. Have a good one! (Have a good one - ulubione powiedzonko mojego promotora ;)) No to będzie good one, tak myślę. Czekam, jeszcze przede mną plakat do zrobienia. Hotel już zarezerwowany, lot kupiony, śniadanie z Brukerem zarezerwowane, rodzina mam nadzieję że sobie poradzi, młodszy pierwszy raz zostanie beze mnie na cały tydzień. Oczywiście że napiszę jak było. Jeszcze przed wyjazdem ma się rozstrzygnąć jedna sprawa, o tym w przyszłym tygodniu, tymczasem udanych Świąt Wielkanocnych!

poniedziałek, 19 lutego 2018

Consider Postgrad Event


Obiecałam że napiszę po evencie i jeszcze tego nie zrobiłam. Tak, odbyło się. Teoretycznie udzielałam rad i mówiłam o tym jak jest na doktoracie (ja z nastawieniem na to jak to pogodzić z dziećmi), ale praktycznie to miałam ze 2 rozmowy z potencjalnie zainteresowanymi i więcej z tymi, którzy już doktorat robią. Moja krótka doktoratowo-dzieciowa biografia została wydrukowana w książeczce. Kopia tutaj.

NAME
Sylwia Czarnota


CURRENT COURSE
3 yr PhD in Biotechnology, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB), School of Chemistry

PAST COURSES
BSc and MSc Chemistry both in Poland, one semester abroad in Limerick, Ireland (Erasmus student exchange)

MINI BIOGRAPHY
I was the first member of my family to have pursued higher education. But I didn’t think about PhD from the beginning. After my Master’s studies I worked as a teacher in primary school in Warsaw, capital of Poland. I got married, but living there was tough for us, especially in case of money. I worked 40h/week at school, weekends in Science Centre and I gave private lessons of chemistry. I was exhausted and decided that I want to change my life. PhD was a great opportunity to go abroad, develop other skills, learn and come back to “real” science, as science level in primary school wasn’t enough for me. I had few interviews in different places and Manchester was the best option. My husband was ready to go with me. I signed the contract in February, supposed to start in September, and then in March realised that I’m pregnant! To be honest, we didn’t really expect that. We wanted to have kids, but at that time, when we were in about to change our lives completely it was a shock. I was so worried, but I also wanted a baby. I’m not a person who will consider any other options. Finally, when I was around 8 weeks pregnant I sent an e-mail to all my future supervisors about the situation. And I was overjoyed when I got the response. They suggested that I can start earlier, in June, to do as much as possible before the birth and then go for maternity leave. It was great. It was better than I could imagine (love you, University of Manchester!). And that was what happened. I came to Manchester in May, started in June and my first boy was born in November, during my first year of PhD. On my third year my second boy was born. And it was really the best time in my life for having kids J

WHAT MADE WANT TO STUDY AT POSTGRADUATE LEVEL?
I wanted to do “real” science and it was a great opportunity to move abroad, to change my life, to get experience, develop my language skills and it is a great personal satisfaction.

WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR MOST POSITIVE EXPERIENCES?
First of all, I was so happy that my pregnancies were not barriers for myself and my supervisors. They gave me a lot of support. I met a lot of great people, I have many international friends, I used to have a mentor (thanks to mentoring programme Manchester Gold). I’ve been on many conferences, seminars, some summer schools which were a great opportunity for networking, but also for travelling (together with my family), getting confidence and developing my knowledge. I took part in many activities such as university open days, which I enjoyed.

HAVE YOU HAD ANY NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES?
It was a challenge to find a good balance between work and family, but it is doable! Sometimes it was tough, but I don’t really have negative experiences connected with PhD studies. Maybe just one advice – be careful with your bikes in the city, mine has been stolen despite of a good lock!

DO YOU HAVE ANY FINANCE ADVICE?
I had the best scholarship ever. It was EU Marie Curie grant, a lot of money, that I was able to buy a house during PhD studies (OK, it’s 20-years mortgage, but anyway… ;-) ) So find a good grant if you can!

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF…
Getting up around 7am. Preparing breakfast and getting ready with kids (this can take varied time, depends on the day), taking the older one to kindergarten (plans, currently au pair is doing that), youngest is at home with au pair. Working. Usually from 9am till 5pm, but it’s flexible. Sometimes I’m finishing earlier and taking my work laptop home, to do something during the night. Sometimes I have to stay longer in the lab. But what I love is flexibility. I don't really have to be there at exact time, if kids need me, I can be longer with them. Many times I finished my conference posters/presentations at 3am at home, few times I’ve been in the lab on Saturday/Sunday, but I can give more time to my family if they need me during the week. And this is the beauty of PhD.

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wtorek, 6 lutego 2018

PhD, EU funded, Oxford

Marie Sklodowska Curie Early Stage Researcher (2 posts)

University of Oxford - Department of Physics

Parks Road, Oxford
Applications are invited for two Early Stage Researchers as part of the “DNA-Based Modular Nanorobotics” Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network www.DNA-Robotics.eu. These positions are suitable either as a first salaried position for researchers currently studying for a PhD that will be awarded after recruitment or for students who wish to undertake a first doctoral degree (Oxford DPhil).The posts are for a fixed term of three years.
ESRs will participate in the development of a new technology of modular nanorobotic systems based on structural DNA nanotechnology.
Project 1: Powered linear and rotary motion for molecular robotic devices.
Project 2: Modular assembly of integrated nanorobotic systems.
The successful candidates will develop techniques for the design, construction, actuation and characterization of functional synthetic nanostructures and for their integration to create modular molecular robotic systems. Responsibilities will include: participation in DNA-Robotics training programme; development of a personal career development plan; management of research activities; development of scientific techniques and experimental protocols; use of specialist scientific equipment; contribution of research ideas; testing hypotheses and analysis of data; collaboration on all aspects of research, including preparation of scientific reports, journal articles and presentation of papers and posters. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.
Applicants for DPhil study should possess, or be very close to obtaining, a Master's degree in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science, Computer Science, Biochemistry or other relevant science.
More experienced researchers who are close to obtaining a PhD and will not study for a doctoral degree should have relevant experience in biophysics, biochemistry, molecular or cellular biology, biological chemistry or computer science. Experience in DNA nanotechnology, single-molecule biophysics, or nucleic acid chemistry for these candidates would be an advantage.
All applicants should demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills, as well as an ability to manage own academic research and to contribute ideas for new research projects.
When recruited, ESRs must be in the first 4 years (FTE) of their research careers, not have been resident in the UK for more than 12 months in the previous 3 years, and not have been awarded a doctorate.
Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Andrew Turberfield.
Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 16 February 2018 can be considered. You will be required to upload a CV, academic transcript, supporting statement and details of two referees as part of your online application.

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BGK567/marie-sklodowska-curie-early-stage-researcher-2-posts/

poniedziałek, 22 stycznia 2018

Consider Postgrad - 7/2/18


Zapraszam na takie wydarzenie, 7 lutego będę tam i będę mogła porozmawiać. Ktoś się wybiera? ;)
Z tej okazji moja krótka biografia ma się pojawić w książeczce, która tam będzie rozdawana. Wstawię na bloga po wydarzeniu ;-)

piątek, 5 stycznia 2018

LAB parodies - filmy

Mój ulubiony:


To mój ulubiony już od dawna. Ale na YT pełno świrów którzy odreagowują naukowe przeciążenie mózgu ;) Jak ktoś chce zobaczyć jak wygląda laboratorium od środka to polecam!