Early Career Researcher Network

Early Career Researcher Network

The Macquarie University Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network helps you develop your career and create pathways for achieving world-leading research at Macquarie. The Network hosts events, workshops and presentations to enable career development and networking.

ECR Network workshops and seminars aim to meet nine key research career building capabilities. Workshops and seminars are open to all Early Career Researcher staff.

ECR Network activities are led by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity and Development) and guided by the ECR Network Advisory Group, consisting of two representatives from each Faculty and one from MGSM.

Subscribe to the ECR communications list to receive monthly newsletters and regular updates by emailing ecrsupport@mq.edu.au.

Upcoming events

View the 2018 ECR Network Schedule of Events and see below for workshops currently open for registrations.

Resilient Researcher Time Management webinar, Thursday 12 July 1pm - 2pm

Join Dr Shari Walsh for this one-hour time manageent webinar. This webinar will identify common time management issues and explore effective strategies and tools for better time management and productivity. Shari is a registered psychologist and has developed the Resilient Researcher suite of workshops and webinars to address the needs of early career researchers and HDR candidates.

Register in advance for this webinar here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q4nX3l2HTOqrZyhGXJzfrA (after registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar).

Preparing for Academic Promotions Interviews - Panel Session, Thursday 2nd August 11.00am - 12.30pm

Have you applied for promotion to Level B or C in 2018 or are you planning to apply in coming years?

This session will help ECRs prepare for academic promotions interviews by sharing with you information about how the interview process works, what panellists are looking for and what you can do to prepare for a successful interview.

Run as a panel session, you will come away with a better understanding of how to approach academic promotions interviews by hearing from panellists and recently promoted ECRs.

To register visit the Preparing for Academic Promotions Interviews event page.

Resilient Researcher (face to face workshop), Tuesday 28th August 9.30am - 4.30pm

More details and registration coming soon.

Research Services and the Research Enrichment Program also have a number of excellent workshops for early career researchers. See the Research Services or Research Enrichment Program web pages for details.

ECR News

Macquarie University Primary Carer Conference Scheme
The MQ Primary Carer Conference Scheme helps researchers with carer responsibilities to present at local or international conferences. Funding of up to $500 is available for a conference within the Sydney metropolitan area, $1000 for a national conference outside the Sydney metropolitan area, and $2000 for an international conference. The scheme recognises and seeks to address the barriers that primary caring responsibilities can present for researchers presenting at conferences, particularly at early and mid-career stages.

Close dates:

  • Round One - Friday 23 February 2018
  • Round Two - Friday 22 June 2018

More information, guidelines and contact information is available through the Research Office MQ Primary Carer Conference Scheme page.

Macquarie University Fellowship for Indigenous Researchers - now open

The purpose of the Macquarie University Fellowship for Indigenous Researchers (MUFIR) Scheme is:

  1. To provide support to an Australian Indigenous Researcher at the beginning of his/her research career, or who is seeking to re-establish his/her research career following a career interruption.
  2. To provide support to Australian Indigenous Researchers within three years of the award of their PhD who have an outstanding track record (relative to opportunity) or who show evidence of excellent research potential.
  3. To enhance the research capabilities of existing and emerging areas of research strength at Macquarie University.
  4. To provide an incubation research period for early career Australian Indigenous Researchers allowing them to increase their competitive edge in securing research funding from non-University sources.

Applications are now open. See the scheme information page for details.

Support for external prizes and awards

Did you know editorial review is available from the PVC (Research Integrity and Development) team and some Faculty research offices for ECR prizes and awards? If you are considering nominating for an external prize let your Faculty Research Manager know and talk to them about support available to you.

A number of prestigious ECR Prizes and Awards are now open. See a comprehensive list on the External Prizes and Awards page.

ECR Success Stories

Dr Annemarie Nadort and Dr Mohsen Asadnia were selected among ten finalists for Fresh Science NSW 2018. As finalists, both Macquarie researchers participated in media training before pitching their research to government and business at the Australia Museum on Wednesday 6 June. That evening they presented their research “in the time it takes a party sparkler to burn out” at the annual Fresh Science Pub Night. Congratulations to both early career researchers!

Dr Rae-Anne Hardie from Macquarie’s Australian Institute for Health Innovation (AIHI) was one of six finalists in the BUPA Emerging Health Researcher Awards 2017, announced in March this year. Dr Hardie was recognised for her research to enhance quality of pathology testing in general practice. Rae-Ann has been researching the use of pathology and laboratory testing in general practice. It’s one of the first projects in Australia to be able to use general practice to look at this testing in the context of preventing and detecting chronic diseases early on. Dr Hardie has access to data from 2 million Australian patients and has identified key pathology tests as indicators to monitor conditions, including diabetes, prostate cancer, arthritis, thyroid disease, mental illnesses, genetic conditions, and cardiac diseases. By analysing the general practice data for any indicators of chronic illness, it will benchmark pathology testing and help to measure the impact of testing on patient care.

ECR Network Advisory Group

ECR Network Advisory Group meetings are held every two months. Their purpose is to share information between faculties and central support and recommend activities for the ECR Network team to develop. If you wish to discuss Faculty-specific ECR support or provide suggestions for University-wide initiatives, contact your Faculty representative:

Faculty of Arts

Dr Katrina Hutchison
E: katrina.hutchison@mq.edu.au

Tom Baudinette
E: tom.baudinette@mq.edu.au

Faculty of Arts Department Representatives

Faculty of Business and Economics

Dr Murray Taylor 
E: murray.taylor@mq.edu.au

Dr Lyla Zhang
E: lyla.zhang@mgsm.edu.au

Faculty of Business and Economics & MGSM Department Representatives

Faculty of Human Sciences

Dr Titia Benders
E: titia.benders@mq.edu.au

Dr Sarah Carlon
E: sarah.carlon@mq.edu.au

Faculty of Human Sciences Department Representatives

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Dr Marco Morsch
E: marco.morsch@mq.edu.au.

Dr Janet Long
E: janet.long@mq.edu.au

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Department Representatives

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Dr Rachael Gallagher
E: rachael.gallagher@mq.edu.au

Dr Lee Spitler
E: lee.spitler@mq.edu.au

Faculty of Science and Engineering Department Representatives


Jo Tuck
E: jo.tuck@mq.edu.au

A/Prof Clare Monagle
E: clare.monagle@mq.edu.au

A/Prof Jordi McKenzie
E: jordi.mckenzie@mq.edu.au

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research (Integrity and Development) Team

Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes, Pro-Vice Chancellor Research (Integrity and Development)
E: lesley.hughes@mq.edu.au

Emily Brennan, PVCR Project Manager 
E: emily.brennan@mq.edu.au

Jeretta Krampah, PVCR Administration Officer
E: jeretta.krampah@mq.edu.au

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