Attend our themed workshops
Workshops take place 3-4 times per year and feature a variety of speakers and facilitators. The content is tailored to meet the needs of the network and feedback from each workshop shapes the content for the next.
recruiter spotlight series
The Recruiter Spotlight series provide an opportunity to learn more about career opportunities with industry. The seminars take place over lunch (some virtually, others in-person) and each one focuses on a different company. You will hear from the recruitment team on what skills the company is looking for and learn about the specifics of their recruitment process as well as roles available. Scientists who work at the company may also share their perspective on what it is like to work at the company. These seminars are particularly suited to post-doctoral researchers who would like to expand their career options outside of academia and will allow you to meet and chat with representatives of leading companies.
Past Recruiter Spotlight seminars: GSK (19 May 2022)
Upcoming seminars: TBC
Previous Webinars & Workshops
PRESENTATION SKILLS: SHORT TALK, LASTING IMPRESSION
Tuesday 21 June, 3-5pm, online
This session will get you ready to give a memorable and confident presentation.
Through this interactive session participants will examine and practise the skills required to give a memorable talk. We’ll give an overview of the key presentation skills for both in person and online delivery. Researchers will be guided through the key stages of preparing and gaining confidence to present using a mix of examples, group discussions and practical work to leave researchers more confident and composed than ever before.
Researchers will emerge confident and energised ready to deliver a prize-winning presentation. Following the session researchers will have a better understanding of the story their presentation should tell; how to create their own style using body language, pace, voice and tone and the delivery tools they can use to maximise the impact of their talk.
The session is led by Dr Jamie Gallagher an international award-winning presenter who has helped thousands of researchers around the world to share their work in the most interesting and engaging ways possible. Not only a trainer Jamie has spoken on TV, Radio and Stage around the world and his workshops are designed from both evidence-informed theory and his own practical experience.
INTRODUCTION TO SINGLE CELL RNA SEQUENCING DATA ANALYSIS
Thursday 16 June, 1-2pm, Pre-session of computational set-up - online
Friday 17 June, 10am-1pm, Hands-on session - in person (Big Data Institute)
This hands-on session on data analysis will start from Cellranger output or transcript count matrices of a dataset with multiple samples of two or more experimental/phenotype conditions to cover the identification of differential cell-composition and gene expression.
At the end of the course the attendant will be able to:
- To assess scRNAseq mapping QC metrics to distinguish cell barcodes from debris-barcodes.
- To normalize and remove batch effects to identify cell clusters across several samples.
- To statistically compared tissue composition differences between conditions.
- To identify celltype-specific differential expressed genes between conditions.
The session is led by Dr Cesar Medina Prada. Cesar is a Bioinformatician keen on leveraging systems biology to discover the cellular basis of human diseases. Currently, as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Samson lab at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology of the University of Oxford, he studies the synovial cellular dynamics during the establishment of arthritis. Cesar was part of the trainer team that delivered the first hands-on workshop on single-cell genomics data analysis of the Human Cell Atlas LATAM community.
COMMUNICATE WITH IMPACT
Wednesday 4 May, 9am - 5pm, in person (Said Business School)
Learn to recognise the differences in communication needs and expectations of technical vs. non-technical professionals. You will learn how to speak clearly and vividly about your research and why it matters, in ways that can engage varied audiences, including industrial partners.
The session will focus on strategies to communicate a compelling message to a range of audiences from the public, industry and to scientists in other disciplines. You will learn impactful communication tools and techniques used in academia, business and the dramatic arts and then apply the tools to your own research, crafting compelling communications for a range of audiences.
You will leave the workshop with more impactful communications for you research and a toolset to refine and enhance your communication strategy moving forward. The tools and skills will help you create compelling and persuasive research proposals and funding applications, deliver engaging presentations, have productive conversations with industry partners and investors and effectively engage with a wide range of community stakeholders.
What the workshop will cover/learning outcomes:
- How to speak clearly and vividly about their research and why it matters
- Strategies to communicate a compelling message to a range of audiences
- Impactful communication tools and techniques used in academia, business and the dramatic arts
- Translating your research to create a compelling message
The workshop is being delivered by Skillfluence.
INSIGHTS INTO NOVO NORDISK: EXPLORING THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ACADEMIC INDUSTRY HYBRID
Monday 31 January 2021
This seminar provided an overview of Novo Nordisk and NNRCO, and the importance of developing industry and academic relationships. Novo Nordisk post-docs and scientists based in Oxford and Denmark shared their career stories and we heard talks from the Novo Nordisk talent recruitment team who shared information on the varying roles within industry and what they are looking for.
Session 1: Novo Nordisk- collaborating with academia
Session 2: Transitioning from academia to industry at Novo Nordisk
Session 3: Talent recruitment team - what roles are available and what are industry looking for?
Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company aiming to defeat diabetes and its associated co-morbidities (obesity, cardiovascular, liver and renal disease, as well as rare blood and rare endocrine diseases.
In 2013 Novo Nordisk and University of Oxford established a prestigious fellowship programme, which in 2017 was followed up with a Strategic Alliance as well as the development of an academic hybrid institution at the University campus. Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford (NNRCO) is designed to be a fusion of the best of academia, biotech and big pharma in order to realize cutting-edge biology and start a target’s journey from bench to bedside.
Alongside embedding research laboratories within the university, Novo Nordisk and the University of Oxford continue to support the international fellowship programme, to further develop the relationship between academic and industry.
For more information on the fellowship programme and NNRCO:
- Visit the Radcliffe Department of Medicine website
- Visit the Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford website
CAREER INSIGHTS INTO PHARMA, BIOTECH AND THE IN-BETWEEN
Tuesday 26 October, 2021
From start-ups to big pharma to CROs, the private sector can offer a variety of career opportunities for scientists. Deciding on what type of company you are best suited for, based on your professional interests, career goals, work ethic, personality, etc. can feel overwhelming. This workshop highlighted the experiences of scientists working in different types of biomedical companies (e.g. based on company size, type, research focus, country, etc) and provided practical tips to secure a fulfilling job in industry.
This seminar helped attendees:
- Build sector knowledge on working in biotech, pharma and CROs
- Learn about what it’s like operating in small, medium and large-sized companies
- Explore how working culture can vary across different companies and countries
- Figure out next steps in landing a scientist role in the private sector
- Appreciate the diversity of R&D companies in “industry” and how to find your best fit
Making the most of it! How to map your development and make the most of your Postdoc / Fellowships (July 2021)
In this workshop we took time to think about how you can start to map out your journey to get to where you want to be in a few years time.
- Build sector knowledge and understand how to source job opportunities
- Enhance your profile and connections in the sector
- Create a high-quality CV and get tips on having a good interview
- An introduction to starting to understand yourself and the opportunities for your best contribution
- Provide an opportunity to reflect on the sort of career that would best suit you
- Hear from current Fellows about their experiences so far working with industry and the benefits of career coaching
- Learn more about the reach of the Industry Fellows and Postdocs Network
Tony Bradshaw, Director of Biosocius, an organisation focused on engaging, connecting and realising the potential of people in the biotechnology sector
Realising your potential
- Introduction to mapping your personal development
- Personality & Ambition
- Planning ahead – academia, industry
- Industry Landscape
- Q & A / Discussion
Charlotte Bell – Business Partnerships Manager
- The Industry Fellows and Postdoc’s network – who can you reach?
Kate Lines - Oxford-BMS Fellow
- Visiting and Working with Industry
Matthias Friedrich – Oxford-Janssen Fellow and formerly UCB Fellow
- Fellowship experiences at Oxford
Bioinformatics - Bulk RNA-SEQ Data Analysis (June 2021)
During the pandemic the work of many wet lab scientists was forced to stop, as people were not allowed in the lab. This has induced many researchers to dive into the coding and data analysis world and train themselves using online tutorials and courses.
This workshop was tailored to those researchers who wanted to improve and refresh their data analysis skills and was run by Dr. Frank Wessely from Cardiff University.
This bioinformatics training workshop was attended by biologists interested in learning how to use the popular R/Bioconductor environment to perform bulk RNA-seq data analysis.
In the introductory part, participants were given an overview on functional genomic approaches. This was followed by a guided and interactive session designed to introduce the main data analysis tools (a few outside the R environment), data types and workflows of RNA-seq analysis, including quality control of raw sequencing reads, mapping of reads to a genome/transcriptome, robust statistical testing to identify differentially expressed genes.
Exploring careers in data science - Insights into the use of artificial Intelligence in Biomedical & Healthcare Research (May 2021)
Are you interested in finding out how your research skills can fit into an organisation such as Microsoft, Google, IBM, GE Healthcare, GSK, and Exscientia to further life sciences discovery and the delivery of healthcare?
In this workshop we heard from some of the UK-based teams at these organisations working on initiatives to transform the future of health through scientific excellence and human-centred technologies such as artificial intelligence. We heard from Oxford academics who are actively collaborating with companies within this space.
Session 1 - Introduction to careers within the tech space utilising artificial intelligence
- Session 2 - Career stories (Google, Exscientia, GSK, GE healthcare)
- Session 3 - Artificial intelligence in academia
Exploring careers in Biopharma
In December 2020, we heard from some of the UK-based team at Bristol Myers Squibb who took us through their career stories highlighting how different functions of the business work to support the development of medicines as well as partnering with the NHS to improve patient care.
Beyond the Fellowship
At a workshop in December 2019, we heard from past fellows and postdocs who have now moved into different roles, and who gave their perspective on what it is like to work in large pharma, a spin out and a clinical academic setting. We also took time to explore out skill sets, career development and CVs.
Speakers and facilitators included:
- Dr Hussein Al-Mossawi - Director, Immunology Research Organisation, UCB (former UCB Prize Fellow)
- Dr Ashling Holland - Principal Scientist, PepGen - Transitioning from Academia into a Spin-out
- Dr Lynn Quek - Research Fellow and Clinical Haematologist (former Celgene Fellow) – securing an MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship
- Dr Rachel Bray - University of Oxford Careers Service - Career development planning interactive session
Why is personality important for effective team work? (Part 2, October 2019)
A deeper dive into personality and how it impacts on team work – with Tameron Chappell, Chartered Occupational Psychologist
Building from a taster at a previous workshop we explored basic aspects of personality and how individual differences can make team working a dream...or a nightmare. Everyone completed a full personality test ahead the session and we all enjoyed looking over our individual results to get the best from the workshop. Tameron talked about some of the evidence around what is actually needed for effective team work and gave us tools that are useful when working closely with others
About Tameron Chappell, Chartered Occupational Psychologist, BSc. MSc. AFBPsS. Registered Psychologist, PPABP
Tameron is a Chartered Psychologist, a registered Occupational Psychologist with the HCPC and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, an Affiliate Member of the Association for Coaching and a Principal Practitioner of the Association for Business Psychologists. She is qualified to use a wide range of psychometric instruments, is on the committee of The Psychometrics Forum and is the editor of Psyche the Newsletter of The Psychometrics Forum.
Careers insights from industry and personality in teams (part 1, June 2019)
We spent the afternoon exploring the mechanics of drug discovery as well as Pharma careers (why/ what/ where/ how/ who?) with Luke, Rowann and Suzanne. Some of the topics covered included working on new or existing targets, supporting later stage compounds in phase 3 clinical trials and working on academic/industry collaborations from the industry perspective. We then had a taster of what was to come in the next workshop on personality and its importance in teamwork.
Speakers and facilitators included:
- Luke Devey, Executive Director and Head of Early Discovery Biology, Immunology & Inflammation
- Rowann Bowcutt, Senior Scientist, UCB
- Suzanne Cole, Senior Scientist, UCB
- Tameron Chappell, Chartered Occupational Psychologist, BSc. MSc. AFBPsS. Registered Psychologist, PPABP
From drug discovery to FDA approval in 4 hours (July 2018)
Interactive workshop with Pfizer giving Industry Fellows an opportunity to put into action the Drug Discovery & Development Process
Participants were invited to work as a team to bring a drug from pre-clinical research through to final approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The 3D interactive session used a computer programme to simulate the entire spectrum of R&D process based decisions, and the group of industry fellows had to work together to advance the drug candidate forward (or not) in the space of 4 hours. Read more about the workshop
Dr Nick Clarke, Head of UK Academic Partnerships, Pfizer