Life after Academia           Doug Brown   Head of biomedical research    Multiple Sclerosis Society
My journey so far BSc Biochemistry and genetics, Sheffield Molecular Biologist, LGC (12 months) PhD, Cambridge Post doc, N...
Thought processes BSc Biochemistry and genetics, Sheffield                                                       Molecula...
MS Society Largest UK charity supporting people with MS 40,000 members, 300 branches Research, Info, Support, Campaigning ...
My role: Head of biomedical research  Grant round  Programme grants  Collaborations  National/international initiatives: i...
The good, the bad, the uglyGood:• Job variety• Working with Researchers/people affected by MS• Leading/supporting initiati...
Well equipped Understand challenges and opportunities in academia • To shape research funding processes/initiatives • To c...
How to enter sector Roles: management, research comms Job sites: • Charities websites , jobs.ac.uk, charityjobs.co.uk, Gua...
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Life After Academia: Research Management

  1. 1. Life after Academia Doug Brown Head of biomedical research Multiple Sclerosis Society
  2. 2. My journey so far BSc Biochemistry and genetics, Sheffield Molecular Biologist, LGC (12 months) PhD, Cambridge Post doc, NIMR, Mill Hill MS Society
  3. 3. Thought processes BSc Biochemistry and genetics, Sheffield  Molecular Biologist, LGC (12 months) PhD, Cambridge   Post doc, NIMR, Mill Hill ?????? ? Postdoc MS Society ? Industry/biotech ? Teaching
  4. 4. MS Society Largest UK charity supporting people with MS 40,000 members, 300 branches Research, Info, Support, Campaigning £4-5m on research every year Largest charitable funder of MS research in UK
  5. 5. My role: Head of biomedical research Grant round Programme grants Collaborations National/international initiatives: infrastructure/ strategy Research communications: Media, talks, writing Fundraising
  6. 6. The good, the bad, the uglyGood:• Job variety• Working with Researchers/people affected by MS• Leading/supporting initiatives that enhances research effortBad• Not enough money• Speed of research and expectations of patientsUgly• Kidnap threat!
  7. 7. Well equipped Understand challenges and opportunities in academia • To shape research funding processes/initiatives • To communicate to staff/patients Understand science Negotiation Problem solving Determination
  8. 8. How to enter sector Roles: management, research comms Job sites: • Charities websites , jobs.ac.uk, charityjobs.co.uk, Guardian jobs Volunteer for a charity – not necessarily in role but just get experience of how charity works, fundraising Always good to work for charity close to heart, gets you up in the morning!

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