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February Issue

Industry engagement, internships and career development opportunities
Welcome back to IE-Xtra for 2022. There is so much coming up in the researcher development space this year it's hard to know where to begin!
In this issue...
New industry mentor program coming in 2022
Paid internship opportunities for PhD and Masters students
DocFest website and 2022 program now live! Calling for abstracts
Get your 'pitch ready' - the 3-minute Thesis is back!
PostAc -Live research jobs coming soon!

Please send any articles of interest for the next issue to Jennifer Podesta. by Monday 7 March 2022
New industry mentorship opportunities in 2022

We are excited to announce that Expressions of Interest are now open for the 2022 Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) program which will provide opportunities for our leading Graduate Research candidates and early career researchers (ECR) to participate in this award-winning national program.
The IMNIS program is a 12 month mentoring program in which mentees are matched with high level industry leaders in a mentoring relationship. The program also includes professional development and networking opportunities and recruits mentees in the following priority ares:
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Digital Futures
  • Energy Resources & Renewables
  • Health Technologies
  • Minerals & METS
  • Water Resources
Charles Sturt will be offering places for a limited number of Graduate Research candidates and ECRs in a merit-based Expression of Interest (EOI) process.

Key Dates:
EOIs open- Monday 7 February
EOIs close- Friday 18 March 

You can find out more about the IMNIS program and its mentors and mentees HERE
Full details and how to apply can be found HERE.
New PhD Internships for PhD and Masters students

Australian Postgraduate Research Intern (APR.Intern) connects PhD students with industry through short-term 3-6 month internships. These opportunities empower students to thrive in a practical research environment and for businesses to innovate and be future-ready.
APR.Intern is Australia’s only not-for-profit PhD internship program that spans across all sectors, disciplines and universities and are supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training.
Bridging the gap between industry and academia, APR.Intern helps to create a level playing field for all PhD students — in particular, women and underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) including regional, Indigenous and disadvantaged students.
Find out currently available internships HERE 
Is there any remuneration?

Yes, there is $3000 monthly stipend for the duration of the internship.
How will it impact on your PhD candidature?
If you successfully apply for an internship you have a number of options around how to manage your candidature.
  • Take one session of leave from your HDR programme. During this time, you will be enrolled in a ‘shell subject’ to ensure your enrolment with the university continues;
  • Move from full-time to part-time study: or
  • Undertake an internship during the examination period or other 'down' time during your candidature.
Can International students participate?
Yes, these are internships and are not considered to be ‘work’ and as such do not impact on visa restrictions.
I’m interested. What’s next?
Go to the APR.Intern website and see all of the current opportunities available.  Discuss your interest with your supervisor. Submit your application.

Read this interview with a Charles Sturt PhD candidate, Deb Metcalf, about her experience doing and internship with APR.Intern.
Graduate Research Conference

Monday 23- Friday 27 May 2022
'Beyond the Doctoral Degree'

The programme for this year's conference is now finalised and we have a terrific line up of keynote speakers and discussion panels, a publishing workshop and lots of opportunities for you to present your research. 

You can find all the details about sessions and how to register on our webpage, but mark your diaries now! 

Monday 23 May - 12:00 - 5:00 pm (Followed by 3MT Heats from 5:00-7:00)
Tuesday 24 May - 3:00 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 25 May (Faculty Day) 9:30 - 5:00
Thursday 26 May - 12:00 - 6:00 pm (3MT Heats from 2:00-4:00)
Friday 27 May - 12:00 - 4:00 pm (Followed by 3MT Heats 4:00 - 6:00 if needed)

Here's a little glimpse of what's on offer

Keynote Speakers

Dr Michelle Jamieson: Well-being as a long- term commitment over the course of one's career
Prof Nick Hopwood: How research can, and must, change the world
Dr Susie Miles and Dr Nicholas Merton: Leadership
Prof Cecile Badenhorst; Where the writing begins: research conceptualisation
Ken Mahon: Bridging the gap between academia and industry
Dr Miri (Margaret) Raven: Indigenous knowledge futures: protecting and promoting indigenous knowledge


Call for Abstracts
We are now calling for abstracts for short and long papers, presentations and e-posters in five themed sessions:
  1. Communication & dissemination
  2. Methodologies and research practice
  3. Well-being and self-management
  4. Networks and collaborations
  5. First Nations research
Full details and guidelines for submissions HERE
The Three Minute Thesis is back!

One of the most valuable skills you can develop as a researcher is the ability to clearly and succinctly explain your research and its relevance to people who are not experts in your field. 

More than an 'elevator pitch' but less than a research proposal.
Just 3 minutes and one PowerPoint slide to tell us why your research is important!

Every year thousands of doctoral students from around the world come together to share their research story and this year its your turn!
Full details, training and resources, and how to enter HERE!

Entries open now and close 22 April 2022
PostAc News!

There will be a new version of PostAc coming online very soon-now with live jobs!
The previous PostAc was an archive of research-oriented jobs outside of academia. The new PostAc includes jobs that are open for applicants now. PostAc will update the new jobs weekly so you always see what's new to market. This moves PostAc one step closer to a job searching website, built especially for researchers.  You'll be able to click on the 'Apply' button and be taken straight to the site where the job appears.

PostAc also offer a range of great training sessions which are run by Prof. Inger Mewburn (aka the 'Thesis Whisperer') and careers expert Dr Rachel Pitt from ANU.  Check out the sessions for Session 1 here

If you're interested in what the new site will look like, and what it can do, take a look at the new user manual.

The new PostAc runs on a completely different software platform, so you will have to make a new account using your university email address when it comes online.
If you have already signed up to PostAc you will get an email with specific instructions when the product is live. So what are you waiting for? Sign-up now!

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