Enhancing the career perspectives and employability of researchers and contribution to their skills development

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From the proposal
The BioCapture project will strongly impact on the researcher’s professional development providingfor a successful career from which European industry will benefit. High-quality ESR training with a commitment to train 11 ESRs towards a PhD degree is the central pillar of the project. The training has a special focus on key scientific, business and entrepreneurial and quality management skills that are currently lacking in today’s European work force. The demand for researchers with this broad set of skills is widespread in both industry and academia. Individual career perspectives will depend onthe ESRs specific tasks in BioCapture as follows:
*In the area of proteomics (ESR 7-9,11), the sample pre-treatment step is commonly the
bottleneck in method development and an important source of irreproducibility. In particular, the projects ambition to develop robust and reproducible tools for proteomics and diagnostics and to provide expert training in the science of measurement (Table 1.2b, event 4) is satisfying a recognised need to address the urgent "irreproducibility issue" in life science research39 an aspect of the training promising to attract significant attention by the pharmaceutical and diagnostics industries. A strategy document by the Bioanalysis Working Group (BAWG) of the CCQM
(where BAM is a member) highlights these pressing issues.
*An urgent medical problem concerns cancer where an early diagnosis is crucial for the survival of the patient with a potentially strong impact on the long-term costs of health care. Given this concrete short term impact the research in BioCapture should be attractive for all the researchers and their future employers.
*Microfluidics research including advancements in flow cytometry (ESRs 5,6) is moving forward at high pace and a translational approach with cutting-edge technology and new high impact
applications is likely to offer entrepreneurial opportunities and to create new job opportunities for these ESRs.
*The microanalytical systems for multiplex analysis (ESRs 5,6,10) especially those based on fluorescent (non-MS) readout techniques or in combination with MS (hyphenated techniques) will
become increasingly attractive for the diagnostics industry.
*The career opportunities for organic and polymer chemists (ESRs 1-6,10) in the life sciences area are equally important. Fast growing areas such as miniaturized separations, sensors, tissue
engineering and drug delivery make use of polymers in various forms tailor-made for their purpose. New innovations often emanate from researchers with expertise in polymer/organic
chemistry on the one hand and a fundamental understanding of other areas such as biochemistry and analytical chemistry on the other hand. Such combined competencies are hard, if impossible at all, to obtain outside of a devoted interdisciplinary and international training program.
The BioCapture work program and associated deliverables ensures that the ESRs will graduate with attractive CVs containing the following:
*An internationally recognized PhD degree matching the career perspectives above. This shows that the researcher has reached a high level of training and qualification and will add value to their careers.
*Published articles and possibly be co-inventors on patents. Realizing that publication record is often the most important measure for employers when judging an applicant the supervisory board (section 3.2.2) will put particular emphasis on monitoring progress of the ESRs in this regard.
*Documented and verifiable time spent in industrial laboratories. The training programme requires secondments of the ESRs in the laboratories of industrial partners. This will be a valuable
asset on the CV’s. Industrial researchers and managers will be named referees on their CV.
*International experience in highly recognized research groups working in other disciplines. This is another important added value to highlight in their CVs, and shows that the researcher is
internationally “mobile” and multidisciplinary trained (there are six countries represented).
*The researchers will be trained in entrepreneurship and business development by the private sector partners in a unique combination of training elements.
*A rich conference, workshop and course agendas will train them in social interactions and
presentation skills.
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