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Careers in Research

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Dr Suzanne Guerin at the PSI & NIBPS Careers Day 2019

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Careers in Research

  1. 1. Scoil na Síceolaíochta UCDUCD School of Psychology Careers in Research PSI/NIBPS Joint Careers Event University College Dublin 2 March 2019 Dr Suzanne Guerin Associate Professor in Research Design and Analysis
  2. 2. Working in research
  3. 3. Working in research  Research psychologists carry out investigations on a wide range of topics using a range of methodologies  Psychologists involved in teaching and practice are also involved in conducting research  This group work in a wide range of settings including colleges/universities, adult education centres, government departments, health boards, research bodies and private companies
  4. 4. Working as a researcher  You are (nearly) a researcher!  Opportunities in a variety of settings  Junior positions vs Senior positions  Finding positions School/Department websites National and local newspapers BPS and PSI publications Job websites, e.g. www.gradireland.ie
  5. 5. Research central to all areas Clinical Educational CounsellingHealth Forensic RESEARCH
  6. 6. Training pathways  Most major third level institutions have Masters by research (MA, MSc, Mlitt) and PhD programmes  Masters by research is typically 2 years while a PhD can be 3 or 4 years (depends whether you have a masters already) How do I qualify? Junior positions Senior positions UG degree + Masters degree PhD + Postdoc experience
  7. 7. From www.brookes.ac.uk Career pathways
  8. 8. Current University Pay Scales (2019)
  9. 9. Securing a place: Postgraduate research  Generally requires an upper 2nd class honours degree or higher  Choosing a thesis topic: Could develop undergraduate project Could develop a new project Masters topics - Should make a contribution to understanding in the area PhD topics - Must be research of publishable quality and make a substantial and novel/unique contribution to the area
  10. 10. An example – HDip to PhD
  11. 11. Research programme content  Predominantly thesis based - student should be willing/able to work on their own or as part of a team  Some programmes offer optional taught modules in research methods, ethics, etc.  Some programmes have required taught modules Structured PhD programmes
  12. 12. Postgraduate research: Key task  Identifying a supervisor Should be selected based on the proposed topic or methodology More often than not need to secure a supervisor in advance of applying for a course Supervisor can provide support with funding applications
  13. 13. Funding your PG research  National sources of funding  Some apply for positions on funded projects  Potential supervisors will know of opportunities  Psych students trained to a high level, skills relevant to PhD research in a range of areas  Increasingly students are based in UK on funded projects  Opportunities to work & self fund
  14. 14. Irish Research Council (www.research.ie) • “the Irish Research Council will deliver enhanced opportunities and benefits to Irish-based researchers. The Council will thus enable the Irish research community to contribute to the body of global knowledge across a range of disciplines, recognising the importance of research and scholarship for all aspects of social, cultural and economic development. • Postgraduate call closed late 2018 • Stipend of 16,000 plus contribution to fees • Postdoctoral call closed late 2018 • Salary of 31,275 (plus pension and PRSI), contribution to costs • Typically annual funding • Guidelines and conditions available online • Highly competitive, require significant preparation!
  15. 15. http://www.sphereprogramme.ie
  16. 16. Gaining experience
  17. 17. Pros of a career in research  Work on a wide range of projects  Work in multidisciplinary research teams  Can help with access to other postgraduate programmes  May have an opportunity to do PhD  May have opportunities to gain teaching experience  International opportunities  Opportunities for teaching in academic settings
  18. 18. Cons …  Often short-term or temporary contracts  Positions can be dependent on securing funding  Might have limited opportunities to develop your own research ideas in junior posts  Career progression can be difficult
  19. 19. Increasing your chances  Any research experience is valuable  Important to develop a portfolio of skills  Dissemination is key  Presenting at Student Congress • Call for abstracts open see All Ireland Student Congress 2019 on Facebook & @PsychCon2019  PSI and NIBPS Annual Conferences  Write for publication  PSI and NIBPS publications (e.g., The Irish Psychologist see www.psychologicalsociety.ie)  GET INVOLVED in your local Society!!!!

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