Beyond the Research Degree: How to become a research fellow?

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Part of a series of weekly Postgraduate Research Student Training sessions, delivered by London Met's Graduate School.

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London Met PGR Training 2020-21

Completing your PhD is a long and challenging journey, but while you are working on writing up your thesis it is essential to think about the next step in your career. One of the options many freshly graduated doctoral students consider is becoming a Research Fellow

Research Fellows are academic researchers at a university or research institution, who may work independently, or as part of a research team. To become a Research Fellow you need to have excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills and have a strong academic profile including publication in peer-reviewed journals and conference papers.

In this session, Dr Vassil Vassilev, a Reader in Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security and Head of Cyber Security Research Centre will share his experience in becoming a Research Fellow, share some useful tips and draw on a real-life example from the Cyber Security Research Centre he is heading.

Session content:

  1. Types of Research in Academia and Industry
  2. Researcher: Profession or a Personal Agenda?
  3. Research Positions at the universities
  4. Research Group Membership vs. Research Organisation Fellowship
  5. Research Projects, Research Grants and how to get them
  6. GDPR, IPR and Research
  7. An Example: The Research at the Cyber Security Research Centre of Londonmet

Session lead: Dr. Vassil Vassilev, Head of Cyber Security Research Centre, School of Computing and Digital Media

This event is being held online via BlackBoard Collaborate - you will receive instructions on how to join upon registration.

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