Friday, June 22, 2012

March 2011 Newsletter for Research Professionals


The Newsletter for Research Professionals       March 2011
While the never-ending global recession drags on and on, expectations that research could be hit as part of cut-backs are proving false. Even in areas such as market research, employers continue to recognize that without research there can be no forward movement. So even while companies look closely at budgets searching for ways to trim whatever fat may be left (there can’t be much) research careers remain strong and stable. In fact our experience at ResearchNetwork.com is an anticipated increase in job postings this first quarter of 2011, with 3490 jobs available online right now.

Market research

Many market research pundits believe that the forefront of industry change is defined by a move from transactional to relational research. Technological advancements, societal changes and the current economic crisis are creating new challenges for what was considered best practices in the industry in the past. These changes call for a fresh approach to market research and the methodologies employed. Today there is a growing emphasis on the need to demonstrate new value propositions. These are established through collaborative relations, active listening, increased dialogue and observation. In this way market research is reassessing its mandate and developing a combination of both traditional and new skills to meet contemporary demand.

In the past five years the global internet population has grown over 60%, from approximately 1 billion to 1.6 billion and counting. The internet population increase is global but with emerging markets seeing bigger jumps in user numbers over developed economies which have experienced comparatively slow but steady growth. In is anticipated that by 2014, 33% of internet users will reside in Brazil, Russia, India and or China. The implications to market research are obvious and must be considered as part of any future marketing prospects or planning. Along with the significantly larger audience and sample base provided by the internet there are also new ethical considerations for market researchers to manage.

At the forefront of these considerations is the researcher’s obligation to protect identifiable data (ensuring that personal data is only used for research purposes) and privacy.  Informed consent is also as important as it’s ever been and should not be neglected online. Protecting online identities is often difficult because search engines can trace an author of content to identify individuals, even when using an assumed online username. That is something that market researchers must overcome and which many online users are not aware of as a possibility.

It’s a brave new world for market research and within it the industry continues to adapt and thrive. While maintaining sight of the moral and ethical issues involved with public research, market analysts are faced with entirely new and wonderful ways to collect and interpret data. The economic recession has impacted profoundly upon many industries but fortunately the future of market research appears to be secure and exciting.

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“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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tHIS month’s NUMERO UNO job interview TIP:

Dress for success. While it is very true that today many work environments, especially those that are web or art based, allow for casual dress in the office, it’s not OK at an interview. It doesn’t matter who is doing the interviewing, what kind of company it is or where it is located, there is no excuse for dressing down to a job interview.

Why? Your first impression doesn’t just tell a prospective employer how you feel about yourself and your self image; it also tells them how you feel about work. More specifically it will tell them how you feel about working for their company. Dressing up tells a future employer that you respect them and that you can carry yourself in a professional manner when representing the organization. It also says, “I value your time and I’m grateful for this interview.” It may be that the interviewer will be dressed casually and you will wonder if you should have dressed down as well. Wonder no more, the interviewer does not really need to prove anything to you but you on the other hand, must sell yourself, so if you dressed up you did the right thing. Don’t doubt it.

So what is ‘dressed up’ in today’s world of variegated fashion? It varies. If you are applying on Wall Street for example the good old well pressed suit, tie, shirt and polished shoes is still a must. If you are applying in one of the aforementioned web or art based industries remember tidy is critical. Pants, skirt or dress (if you are female!), clean pressed top, jacket and dress shoes are appropriate. In either scenario the key to a good impression is clean and neat. Make sure every aspect of your image is clean, combed and pressed for success.
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“If you go long enough without a bath, even the fleas will leave you alone.” Ernie Pyle
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What is ResearchNetwork.com?

ResearchNetwork.com is more than just a job posting and search site (although it is that too) but there is a whole lot else that ResearchNetwork.com offers free to members. These services are designed to help you keep track of which jobs you have applied for and those jobs for which you may have shown an interest. They are also there to provide you with regular updates about jobs that fit your desired criteria. These services include opportunities for networking and posting your resume for employers to search. More specifically the services available to members upon login are:
·         Professional Network Manage s professional network.
·         Job Search Search jobs from databases.
·       Resume Post, update and send resumes directly to employers. Your resume will also be entered into a resume database to enable employers to find you (you can opt-out of the resume database by making your resume 'non-searchable').
·         Saved Jobs  Review job postings saved from previous searches.
·         Job agents Create job search agents to automatically notify you, via email, of jobs matching your pre-selected search criteria.
·         Jobs Applied For Review job applications.
In addition each of these menus has submenu’s which take you to more job search and networking opportunities. For example clicking on Professional Network will take you to a submenu which will allow you to update your network profile and display published work, white papers and other documents which give employers an excellent taste of what they can expect. This page really serves to pique interest in your résumé. This submenu is also the link to your personal research blog, which you manage and maintain as you see fit, and your group memberships and requests. 

ResearchNetwork isn’t just a job search/résumé site, although that is a significant aspect, it is also a networking, blogging, interactive, research job forum for users to exchange ideas and information. Those in the research industry who aren’t taking advantage of the site’s free services are neglecting a potentially powerful interactive tool and missing out on some brilliant networking opportunities. If you fall into this category you might want to seriously consider joining the many members who are reaping the full benefits of the site.

Need a Research Professional?

Clinical, legal, academic, marketing, quantitative, consulting, consumer! Every niche available to the research community is represented within our job search database. This is the most complimentary reflection we at ResearchNetwork have of our success in matching the right research candidates, with the professional organizations that need them. Our service providers are the best in the industry. Our service buyers know this and that is why we are the most trusted employer/employee match making service on the internet for research professionals.
We are proud to call some of the most dynamic companies in the world, with a focus on excellence in staff recruitment and management, our clients. If you are an employer interested in joining the ResearchNetwork network, we invite you to browse our site, become a member and join in our success.
To all of our members and guests, we welcome you and thank you for your ongoing interest. We hope you have enjoyed the information provided here. We would love to hear your thoughts on this and any other aspect of our site, please contact us anytime.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

February 2011 Newsletter for Research Professionals


The Newsletter for Research Professionals       January/February 2011
A very Happy New Year from ResearchNetwork.com. For those readers who are still awaiting the Chinese New Year we wish you all the best also in this coming year of the Rabbit. This is an exciting time of year to reminisce about the old and herald in the new and for many people that means a new job or a change in career. This is great because now is the time when many institutes hiring PhD and post doctoral research positions are fervently looking to fill any remaining vacancies for those job seekers that fit the bill, there has never been a better time to logon to ResearchNetwork than right now! In fact just within the featured jobs section of ResearchNetwork.com there are no less than 10 such positions available with plenty more to be found within our regular search categories.

What is Researchnetwork?

It seems timely at the start of a new year to take the opportunity to remind our clients of what ResearchNetwork.com really is because although many of our members successfully use the site for job searches there are a raft of other services which are available free, to our membership. These services are designed to help you keep track of which jobs you have applied for, those that you might be interested in and to subscribe to regular updates about jobs that fit your desired criteria. These also include opportunities for networking and posting your resume for employers to search. The services available to members upon login include:
·              Professional Network Manage s professional network.
·              Job Search Search jobs from databases.
·            Resume Post, update and send resumes directly to employers. Your resume will also be entered into a resume database to enable employers to find you (you can opt-out of the resume database by making your resume 'non-searchable').
·              Saved Jobs  Review job postings saved from previous searches.
·              Job agents Create job search agents to automatically notify you, via email, of jobs matching your pre-selected search criteria.
·              Jobs Applied For Review job applications.
In addition each of these menus has submenu’s which take you to more job search and networking opportunities. For example clicking on Professional Network will take you to a submenu which will allow you to update your network profile and display published work, white papers and other documents which give employers an excellent taste of what they can expect. This page really serves to pique interest in your résumé. This submenu is also the link to your personal research blog, which you manage and maintain as you see fit, and your group memberships and requests. 

ResearchNetwork isn’t just a job search/résumé site, although that is a significant aspect, it is also a networking, blogging, interactive, research job forum for users to exchange ideas and information. Those in the research industry who aren’t taking advantage of the site’s free services are neglecting a potentially powerful interactive tool and missing out on some brilliant networking opportunities. If you fall into this category you might want to seriously consider joining the many members who are reaping the full benefits of the site.
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“Research teaches a man to admit he is wrong and to be proud of the fact that he does so, rather than try with all his energy to defend an unsound plan because he is afraid that admission of error is a confession of weakness when rather it is a sign of strength.” Prof. H. E. Stocher
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Integrating postdoctoral research with commercialism

Postdoctoral researchers do what they do for any number of reasons. For some the ongoing learning and discovery is the main driver, for others the thought of helping people or changing the world is what is most compelling and for others still, it is the earning potential that excites. For the latter a postdoctoral research position within the commercial sector may be the most appealing type of research job and there are some exciting stories coming out of the commercial post doctoral research sector.

The job of ‘Entrepreneurial Postdoctoral Fellow’ is a relatively new one in the world of research. The position is designed to bridge the gap between lab research and commercial use. In this position a postdoctoral researcher is tasked with identifying research projects with commercial potential and seeing these through to fruition. Often the research undertaken is designed to show results or achieve goals that aren’t commercially related but when viewed differently have significant commercial potential.

Not all entrepreneurial postdoctoral fellows will work for corporations seeking innovation, sometimes they are the innovators as well as the person employed to fill the gap. Usually these researchers undertake their own lab research projects and then adapt them for commercial use. It’s exciting and lucrative work if you can get it.
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“Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.” Wernher Von Braun
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tHIS month’s NUMERO UNO job interview TIP:

Check your references before prospective employers do! How many jobs have been lost in the final stages because references thought to be reliable and approving turned out to be otherwise. Avoid this embarrassing and costly scenario by regularly updating the references on a résumé or CV. Those who are listed should be called before a job search commences to ensure that contact details are still valid and that the former employer still remembers you favorably. When you call listen to what the former boss is not saying, as well as to what he or she is saying. Sometimes our personal memory of an event is quite different from someone else’s so it’s really important to ensure that what you thought was a great experience was that for your boss as well.

Statements that suggest a former employer hardly remembers you; is ambivalent to discuss your former employment; is not clearly enthusiastic about vouching for your many attributes or who refuses to answer your calls - all represent bad news. If any of these are true for your references change them. If your CV is a bit light without them no matter, it is better to have no reference than one that clearly indicates a lack of enthusiasm for your work or your personality.

If you can’t build up a sufficient list of favorable references using former employers consider others in the community. Leaders, church officials, educators and coaches all make excellent references in the absence of ex-bosses. Don’t use family and friends, it looks unprofessional and don’t take it personally if you do get the cold shoulder from an ex-employer, none of us is liked by everyone all the time.



Need a Research Professional?

Clinical, legal, academic, marketing, quantitative, consulting, consumer! Every niche available to the research community is represented within our job search database. This is the most complimentary reflection we at ResearchNetwork have of our success in matching the right research candidates, with the professional organizations that need them. Our service providers are the best in the industry. Our service buyers know this and that is why we are the most trusted employer/employee match making service on the internet for research professionals.
We are proud to call some of the most dynamic companies in the world, with a focus on excellence in staff recruitment and management, our clients. If you are an employer interested in joining the ResearchNetwork network, we invite you to browse our site, become a member and join in our success.
To all of our members and guests, we welcome you and thank you for your ongoing interest. We hope you have enjoyed the information provided here. We would love to hear your thoughts on this and any other aspect of our site, please contact us anytime.

We wish you the very best for 2011!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

January 2011 Newsletter for Research Professionals


The Newsletter for Research Professionals       December 2010
The silly season is upon us but the activity at ResearchNetwork.com isn’t letting up. In fact we have had an unprecedented number of job postings in the last month. They came from all around the globe these research opportunities and some of them are still available. South Africa, Saudi Arabia and South Korea were three of the more exotic parts of the world looking for research employees. The South African job is especially intriguing because the job posting is for the West Cape which is of course the area most renowned for amazing plants and natural beauty. In addition to the wild and wonderful opportunities available abroad there were also literally hundreds of research job postings within the United States in December, and the month isn’t over! If you haven’t checked out your job board lately you should.

Research jobs

While the amazing locales of job postings this month got us excited we were nearly as overwhelmed by the range of research job postings this month. In addition to the usual market and health research opportunities, which always abound, there are a number of unusual and interesting positions that caught our attention. For example the Union of Concerned Scientists are looking for a research fellow. While the job may be one we see on site regularly this would be an amazing company to work with. The work they do is non-profit and covers research areas of scientific integrity, global warming, clean vehicles, clean energy, nuclear power, nuclear weapons, global security, food and agriculture invasive species. That amazingly diverse field would undoubtedly keep a person fascinated with a job for a long time. The other bonus of working for this company is of course that you save humanity at the same time.
Another job description that has a real wow factor is a posting for a position in nanoscale studies. If research that involves ongoing learning and discovery is your thing this job is the one for you. Although they are only looking for extremely qualified research personnel, if this is you, then this is an opportunity to work with some really interesting stuff. The other big bonus of working for a big multi-national is that the research funds to undertake a broad spectrum of investigation are often more readily available than when working for say, a non profit or a health related company – pharmaceuticals excluded.
For those committed to serious senior research and content to stay within their field of expertise, and on home ground, fear not. A number of illustrious senior research positions have graced the ResearchNetwork job board this month. These include Medical Director - Principal Investigator, Director and Associate Professor/Professor, Senior Director Research, Director, Policy Research & Analysis and Director of Medical Research, Hemophilia. Those are in all seriousness a small sampling of the jobs posted on-site right now.
You may have noticed that we at ResearchNetwork.com are excited about the number and quality of research positions posted this month and in growing numbers. We think that means that more companies are accepting us as the number one choice for research professionals. We also think that is based upon our reputation and the caliber of job candidates we host. So yes we are excited, for us and for you, our exceptional researcher in search of a great opportunity.
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“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.” Albert Einstein
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Holidays & the human condition

1950's psychologist Abraham Maslow developed the idea of a Hierarchy of Needs. He posited that humans have a hierarchy of needs which must be met in order for an individual to self actualize (excerpt taken from Global Change Seminar, "It's Your Move!"). Each need precedes and, once satisfied, is the foundation for the next higher level need. The hierarchy is as follows:

  1. Physiological - hunger, thirst, bodily comfort.
  2. Psychological - safety, security, be out of danger.
  3. Belonging - love, affiliation with others.
  4. Self esteem - competence to achieve and gain approval.
  5. Self actualization - self mastery, wisdom, inner peace.

In Maslow's theory, each need must be fulfilled before the next level need can be addressed and met. When all needs up the hierarchy are adequately met people naturally blossom and are able to fulfill their individual potential.  These foundations explain our desire for tradition and holiday celebrations.

According to psychologist Clare Graves our fulfillment through sharing holiday celebrations and traditions with family originated in our psyche about 50,000 years ago. At that stage Graves contends that people could be defined as magical and animistic. At this stage of development the individual was subsumed in the group and obeyed the desires of spirit beings and mystical signs. People kept the spirits happy and the tribe's nest remained warm and safe. Allegiance was to the chief, elders, ancestors, and the clan. These people preserved sacred objects, places, events, and memories and observed rites of passage, seasonal cycles, and tribal customs. Family reunions and holiday traditions became healthy expressions which are still maintained.
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““An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.” William Bernbach
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tHIS month’s NUMERO UNO job interview TIP:

Rehearse and Prepare:  Rehearse an interview specifically tailored for the job you want. During the rehearsal be as prepared as you would be for the actual interview. That means having your portfolio and important documents in order and on hand. Behave in your mock interview exactly as you will in the real interview. Visualize a panel interview so you are prepared for the most challenging possibility. Be confident, enthusiastic and upbeat. Shake hands warmly, smile and maintain eye contact.
Mentally rehearse your interview several times harnessing all the job interview techniques you have learnt. See yourself having a great interview, answering questions intelligently, developing a great rapport with the interviewer. This may seem silly; but it really works – try it and see. Consider anything that might make you uncomfortable while doing this; is your breath OK, is there something in your teeth? Think of anything that might put you off your game during the interview and then make a plan to pre-empt the occurrence.
Confidence is key. If you are well prepared and practiced this should come easily.

Researchnetwork.com!

ResearchNetwork boasts over 250,000 members with nearly 3000 job vacancies at any given time. Our professional groups and blogs are proving popular with increasing participant numbers making for some lively discussion and brilliant networking opportunities. Keep supporting us and please, keep the feedback coming in, it is the comments of our clients which keep us contemporary and providing the service that meets your needs – our goals.

Need a Research Professional?

Clinical, legal, academic, marketing, quantitative, consulting, consumer! Every niche available to the research community is represented within our job search database. This is the most complimentary reflection we at ResearchNetwork have of our success in matching the right research candidates, with the professional organizations that need them. Our service providers are the best in the industry. Our service buyers know this and that is why we are the most trusted employer/employee match making service on the internet for research professionals.
We are proud to call some of the most dynamic companies in the world, with a focus on excellence in staff recruitment and management, our clients. If you are an employer interested in joining the ResearchNetwork network, we invite you to browse our site, become a member and join in our success.
To all of our members and guests, we welcome you and thank you for your ongoing interest. We hope you have enjoyed the information provided here. We would love to hear your thoughts on this and any other aspect of our site, please contact us anytime.

We wish you the very best for 2011 and happy holidays!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

November 2010 Newsletter for Research Professionals


The Newsletter for Research Professionals         November 2010
Lately ResearchNetwork has been fielding quite a few questions about expanding beyond the current research focus in terms of both employers and job seekers. For us the answer is simple. By specializing in a single employment field (albeit a broad field) we believe we offer a more unique, specialized and superior quality than we could if we were to diversify. So we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who believe we could contribute to a wider field. We appreciate your confidence but respectfully decline in favor of the specialized service we will continue to provide the major corporations, research institutions and job seekers that have been with us from the beginning of our journey. This week our newsletter focuses on the topic of environmental research; how it is developing and growing as new information comes to light. We hope you will find it informative and engaging.

Environmental research

Environmental research has evolved to include a vastly diverse spectrum of science and research. These are fields which not only reflect our increasing knowledge and technological advancement but of course, our growing awareness. While even forensics and biological sciences now encroach in the realm of environmental research, environmental research in its essence proceeds to grow as a field unto itself.  This specialization continues to be a lucrative and interesting opportunity for researchers and scientific establishments.

Environmental companies are at the cutting edge of modern technology, they are the research establishments that are being afforded the task of saving our planet and as such, they are the contemporary heroes of science. Looking beyond what is occurring within research facilities, even companies in traditionally non-environmental industries are being called to task and given kudos as they change and become green. Again the environmental researchers are being called upon to gauge success. For instance in order to rank the top 10 green companies of 2010, Newsweek teamed up with several research facilities to help them with their choices. They recruited researchers to help them make decisions based upon their expertise in the areas of environmental, social and governance ratings, social responsibility, environmental reports and quantitative measurements of environmental performance.

This is a prime example of the increasing tendency of non-academic/research based initiatives incorporating specialized research data into their projects. As the environment continues in the forefront of international imperative across all industries and political boundaries, those with experience in the field become increasingly in demand. As such environmental research may be the most lucrative and interesting field of future research.
Going green on campus
Schools are going green on campus and in the classroom. In anticipation of future green employment opportunities combined with the necessity to teach environmental awareness. Schools are focusing on the environment in more ways than ever before as reported in Newsweek (http://www.newsweek.com/2009/08/11/green-degrees-in-bloom.html).
Driven partially by market forces (the stimulus package alone devotes $30 billion to green energy) and partially by growing student concern over the environment, green majors have become a hot commodity on campus. Universities launched at least 27 sustainability-themed programs, degrees, or certificates in 2007, up from just three in 2005. And that's in addition to the scores of environment-related degrees, like environmental science or biology, which already existed.
Engineering and business programs have adopted similarly green curricula. Nearly 30 percent of business departments and 22 percent of engineering schools offer undergraduate courses in environmental issues, according to a 2008 study by the National Wildlife Federation. The sustainable business major at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., is one third conventional business education, a third natural sciences, and a third core sustainable business courses. Every student participates in the Sustainable Business Innovations Lab, where students help local businesses solve their problems with sustainability. When the university began offering the major in 2005, it was the first of its kind. Now it's the largest undergrad business major at Aquinas.
Many schools are trying to meet another challenge: incorporating sustainability into their non-environmental curriculum. That's what Montana State University did last January, when they launched their Sustainable Food and Bio energy Systems interdisciplinary degree. It's collaboration between the colleges of Agriculture, Education, and Health and Human Development. The program aims to give students an understanding of the entire food cycle, from farm to fork. Aspiring nutritionists and farmers alike take courses on the basics of growing food, but also tend to the two-acre campus farm, which supplies produce to nearby residents and a local food bank.
Amazing Earth Facts!
·        The Earth is a planet of fascinating extremes. As borrowed from the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration here is a list of the most amazing earth facts.
·        The hottest place on earth is in fact El Azizia in Libya which recorded a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit (57.8 Celsius) on Sept. 13, 1922. That is the hottest temperature ever measured.
·        The coldest place on earth is Vostok, Antarctica where the temperature dropped to -129 Fahrenheit (-89 Celsius) on July 21, 1983.
·        It is the air around a lightening bolt that causes thunder rather than the lightening itself. The super heated air around a lightning bolt is about five times the temperature of the Sun. This sudden heating causes the air to expand faster than the speed of sound, which compresses the air and forms a shock wave which we mortals hear as the boom of thunder.
·        Despite the popular belief that rocks cannot float there is one rock that can. Pumice is a rock produced during a volcanic eruption. The violent separation of gas from lava produces a rock which is loaded with gas bubbles and it can float.
·        Rocks can grow, albeit very slowly. Some rocks called iron-manganese crusts grow on mountains under the sea. The crusts precipitate material slowly from seawater, growing about 1 millimeter every million years.
·        Estimates vary, but the USGS says at least 1,000 million grams, or roughly 1,000 tons of space dust enters the atmosphere every year and makes its way to Earths surface.
·        When determining how far regular dust can travel, a 1999 study showed that African dust could find its way to Florida and push parts of the state over the prescribed air quality limit for particulate matter. The dust is kicked up by high winds in North Africa and carried as high as 20,000 feet (6,100 meters), where it's caught up in the trade winds and carried across the sea.
·        The world’s highest waterfall is Angel Falls in Venezuela which drops 3,212 feet (979 meters).
·        The San Andreas Fault, which runs north-south, is slipping at a rate of about 2 inches (5 centimeters) per year, causing Los Angeles to move towards San Francisco. Scientists forecast LA will be a suburb of the City by the Bay in about 15 million years.
·        The rotation of earth is more flexible than one might imagine, it bulges at the midsection, creating a sort of pumpkin shape. The bulge was lessening for centuries but now, suddenly, it is growing, a recent study showed. Accelerated melting of Earth's glaciers is taking the blame for the equatorial weight gain.

tHIS month’s NUMERO UNO job interview TIP:

In an ongoing effort to streamline hiring processes many company’s have begun online interviewing (which is probably everyone’s first choice) and telephone interviewing as a pre-process to personal interviews. The big deal with telephone interviews is that sometimes the recruiter won’t let you know they are going to call. This makes being prepared really important.

In many ways phone interview preparation is the same as you would do for a face-to-face interview but, in this instance it is particularly important to think of some questions that you want to ask the interviewer. That way if the conversation halts without any visual clues it won’t become awkward.

You should also try and ensure that you have some privacy for the conversation. Once you realize what the call is about retreat to a quiet spot and then get yourself into interview mode, even if you have to do it on the fly. Try and imagine you are sitting in front of the interviewer and use facial expressions as you would in a one-to-one interview. Your attitude and frame of mind is always reflected in your voice so don't forget to smile and be positive.


We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.  
~Native American Proverb

Researchnetwork.com!

ResearchNetwork boasts nearly 3000 job vacancies at any given time. Our professional groups and blogs are proving popular with increasing participant numbers making for some lively discussion and brilliant networking opportunities. Keep supporting us and please, keep the feedback coming in, it is the comments of our clients which keep us contemporary and providing the service that meets your needs – our goals.

Need a Research Professional?

Clinical, legal, academic, marketing, quantitative, consulting, consumer! Every niche available to the research community is represented within our job search database. This is the most complimentary reflection we at ResearchNetwork have of our success in matching the right research candidates, with the professional organizations that need them. Our service providers are the best in the industry. Our service buyers know this and that is why we are the most trusted employer/employee match making service on the internet for research professionals.
We are proud to call some of the most dynamic companies in the world, with a focus on excellence in staff recruitment and management, our clients. If you are an employer interested in joining the ResearchNetwork network, we invite you to browse our site, become a member and join in our success.
To all of our members and guests, we welcome you and thank you for your ongoing interest. We hope you have enjoyed the information provided here. We would love to hear your thoughts on this and any other aspect of our site, please contact us anytime.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

September 2010 Newsletter for Research Professionals


The Newsletter for Research Professionals       September 2010
For researchers undertaking a PhD, deciding on a topic and choosing a committee are two significant choices a student must make.  In this month’s newsletter, we offer advice and experiences around these choices.  The issues that confront post-doctorate researchers are a whole different ballgame and may include concerns about overwork, pay and the desire for a lifestyle balance.  These concerns are often combined with the stress of having a tenuous postdoctoral research position without tenure.

Post Doc Research – when is it too much?

Many postdoctoral researchers work more than they want to; either because they feel they have no choice or because someone else is determining how much is required based upon expectations of productivity for their career stage and trajectory. These researchers are often funded by grants paid to a professor, who is in turn paying the postdoctoral researchers salary, and while the timing of the position is often discussed, most professors have no experience with human resources and fail to discuss working hours, milestones and accountability. To add to that there is often reporting required from the researcher to various other departments, and a lack of communication between the professor and these departments. This situation can lead to a place where the researcher is struggling to achieve all required results and feels stressed and overworked.

If this is the situation you find yourself in it is critical to the health of you, and the research project, that you discuss the matter with the professor. Ask him or her to clarify their expectations, identify for them the factors they may not be considering in terms of the other aspects of your job and work toward an agreement that you can both live with.

Amazing initiative!

It is a continually astounding fact that some students amid all of their responsibilities and stresses, manage to do some truly wonderful and amazing things. An example of an incredibly resourceful student in Britain really epitomizes what is possible. This particular student was able to take what she had learnt in her science lessons and create a truly unique invention which no-one else (no big corporate or doctoral student or research lab) had thought of before. Kudos to Emily Cummins in the U.K., this is what she did.

She invented a solar powered, portable, eco-fridge using bits and pieces in the family shed. The fridge is now being used extensively in poverty stricken countries where the simplicity of its construction makes it viable even amongst the poor. In addition to providing chillers to poor hot countries, the use of the solar powered fridge has expanded to include a portable model for transporting chilled goods in a fresh state. This includes medical supplies and bio chemicals.
The fridge wasn’t Emily’s first invention. She is also credited with inventing a toothpaste squeezer for people with arthritis and a water carrying device.  She says she came up with the idea for the fridge by considering how humans cool through sweating, or the process of evaporation. Of her own invention Emily says, "My time in Namibia made me wonder how often we miss the simplest solutions to problems." Wise words!

Here’s the most ironic part of this story. This woman was refused admittance into an engineering program because she lacked the correct credentials! Instead she is studying Business Management at Leeds. Somehow I don’t think she’ll need that engineering degree anyway.

Choosing a PhD dissertation topic & composing a committee
A dissertation topic should be about something you have a genuine passion for and a degree of knowledge about. It should also be do-able. That means if you are looking at studying the habits of the gorillas of Borneo you know you can arrange logistically and financially to live there. There are also certain subjects which will be harder to research than others, because of a lack of information. While these may be interesting because little has been written in the past, these topics also require a lot more work. Think in advance about how much time and effort you are prepared to expend. Also bear in mind that this may take several years to write. It is important to foresee to an extent the future of your subject so that the work isn’t obsolete by the time you have finished.
Composing your Dissertation Committee
When you start to think seriously about your dissertation topic you will also need to start thinking about choosing a dissertation chair and other members of the committee. While your Chair will be your main point of contact throughout your dissertation, other committees will be involved and it pays to choose them wisely.
All members of your committee will participate actively in shaping the dissertation proposal, although the chair is usually the most interventionist, and all will write recommendations for you when requested. All will read and comment on the final dissertation and attend the defense or send comments, or participate by videoconferencing or speakerphone, if they are unable to attend. During the years between the proposal and the defense, however, the different members of the committee generally play different roles with the Chair being the most important and relevant of these so when choosing a person for this position it is important to consider a few factors. Is the professor someone with whom you find it helpful and easy to brainstorm? Have you found the feedback on earlier work with that faculty member helpful? Is her or his intellectual and professional approach one you find compatible? Is his or her style of advising dissertations – this you can easily find out from other students – one that suits you?
Amazing research!

Researchers at MIT are learning from the animal kingdom. The robotic clam project mirrors the activity of a real razor clam, which can dig through underwater sand and implant itself more securely than an anchor for an ocean liner.

The razor clam turns the surrounding sand into a more liquid form to help with digging. Amos Winter, an MIT student who developed the project, created the robot clam with similar attributes, although it's about half the size of a real razor clam.

"The RoboClam can push with about 50 times the force of a real clam, and can move about twice as fast and open up twice as wide," said Winter. “A razor clam embeds itself much
more efficiently than any existing anchor. This is attractive in applications
where energy is at a premium, such as underwater robots, remote ocean
sensors and space applications.

There's also interest in using this technology where weight is an issue, such as seaplanes. Furthermore, the oil industry is interested in ultra-deepwater applications, where human interaction with the ocean bottom is difficult."

It isn't only creatures buried beneath the seabed that are attracting the interest of MIT scientists. Winter says that the robotics field may start examining animals for other projects that mirror unique abilities - not just for digging anchors, but mimicking the speed, motion and force of living creatures, such as a whale or tiger. A robotic tiger? Now that we want to see.

tHIS month’s NUMERO UNO job interview TIP:

What to do before the interview; preparation is the key to success so here are some great pre-interview tips. To begin with ensure you have a detailed understanding of the position description and if possible the team environment and the organization. If you can, conduct additional research regarding the organization on the net or through available company reports. Spend some time before the interview going over your own résumé and the job description. Identify the specific examples in your background that are directly relevant to the job.

Prepare answers to questions and maybe do a mock interview with a willing friend. Be prepared to answer questions about how you work and how you cope with different situations. The interviewer will often want to know how you deal with stress. Convey to the interviewer why this role appeals to you, why you are the best person for the job and what makes you different or special.

Dress conservatively and know the name and title of the person doing the interview. And of course don’t be late! As part of your pre-interview planning find out where the interview is a map a route there. Give yourself an extra half hour to account for traffic or parking issues.

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