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A community to enrich the RDM researcher experience through social events, career development and advice.

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One this page you can find information about the RDM Researcher Association, a community that serves to enrich the researcher experience, through social events, career development and advice.

We liaise directly with the RDM Career Development committee to address any concerns and suggestions expressed by RDM researchers.

Next Event

RDM Careers Day

Registration now closed. 

Not sure what to do after your DPhil? Or are you an early career researcher unsure about the next steps? The RDM Careers Day on Thursday 16 May at Somerville College: the event is open to all RDM researchers (DPhil students, research associates and post-docs), and showcases a range of careers inside and outside academia, including speakers from industrial, publishing and consultancy backgrounds.

Full programme now available: 

Radcliffe Department of Medicine Career Day

Thursday 16th May 2019

Venue: Flora Anderson Hall, Somerville College, University of Oxford, Woodstock Rd, Oxford, OX2 6HD


 09:00-09:30 Registration and Coffee/Tea

09:30-09:40 Welcome by Professor Leanne Hodson, RDM.

09:40-11:00 Plenary Session One: Scientific careers in and beyond academia.

Moderators: TBD

Industry: “Drug Discovery in Start-ups and Big Pharma - Challenges and Opportunities”. Dr Georg Terstappen, OxStem limited

Industry: “Biopharmaceutics – generating novel, life changing medicines for treating and curing diseases”. Mr John Smith, Lonza.

Research Support: “A planned career? or rolling with the opportunities”. Mr Mark Gardiner, MRC Harwell, University of Oxford.

Starting out in academia: “Stepping into the world of PI”. Dr Adam Lewandowski, RDM.

 11:00-11.25 Morning Coffee/Tea

 11:25-12:30 Workshop One (choose one of three sessions – see below).

 12:30-13:25 Networking Lunch

 13:25-14:30 Workshop Two (choose one of three sessions – see below).

 14:30-15:50 Plenary Session Two: Scientific careers in and beyond academia.

Moderators: TBD

Research in Academia: “A career in clinical science”. Professor David Ray, OCDEM.

Public engagement: “A career in science communications” Dr Charvy Narain, RDM.

Project management: “From poacher to game keeper“. Dr Lindsay Keir, Wellcome trust.

15:50-16.00 Closing Remarks by Dr Ruth McCaffrey, Radcliffe Department of Medicine

16.00-17.00 Drinks reception


Workshops – the following three workshops are available at workshop one and two. Please choose one per workshop session.

1. Effective CVs and cover letters for academia and beyond

Ms Abby Evans, Careers Services, University of Oxford.

In this workshop we’ll look at how to create impactful CVs and tailor them to your intended audience whether that is industry, academia or something else. We’ll also cover how to structure effective letters of application.

2.  Successful Networking

Dr Anjali Shah, OLI, University of Oxford

This workshop will give you tips on extending your network and understanding the potential uses of a successful network. Specifically:

A)    Why who you know is as important as what you know.

B)    Identifying networking opportunities.

C)    How to improve your chances of making a good connection.Identifying networking opportunities.

D)    Networking for the bold and the shy - overcoming reluctance and avoiding overkill.

E)    Making plans for a more-connected you.

3. Round table discussion:

Q&A with some of the speakers and representatives of Novo Nordisk


Contact Us
The RDM Researcher Association is led and run by researchers. Our committee represents the diversity of our division, to help support a researcher focused community. We are always keen to hear your suggestions and concerns, If you would like to get involved in activities or would like to suggest your own ideas then please get in touch.

The RDM Researcher Association is a community that serves to enrich the researcher experience. The committee is formed of active researchers throughout RDM and consists of: