FIMMPOD Career Development Training

In a survey to the postdoctoral and senior researchers and coordinators (early 2014), career development was seen as the most important component of the FIMMPOD programme. FIMMPOD supports the careers of postdoctoral and senior researchers and coordinators by organising workshops that improve professional skills. A list of past and upcoming workshops are listed below. We also highlight on this page some of the other career development initiatives within the programme.

  • Leadership
  • Negotiation
  • Project management
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Presentations
  • Communication
  • Supervision
  • Quality assurance and control
  • IP matters
  • Proposal writing
  • Scientific writing
  • Networking skills
  • Preparing effective cover letters and CVs
  • LinkedIn profiles
  • Interview skills
  • Career coaching









Project Management Course with Sergey Nesterov in May 2015.

FIMMPOD organises monthly Brown Bag Career Lunches with people with interesting careers from e.g. the university, industry, funding agencies, organisations and foundations and informal Coffee Breaks with Docents hosted by scientists who have recently successfully applied for the title of docent. The idea of these coffee breaks is for postdocs, senior researchers, coordinators and group leaders who have yet to apply for the title of docent to get some practical advice on how to apply and to hear about experiences, expectations and benefits regarding the docentship.

Thematic peer support sessions are a new feature of the FIMMPOD programme. In the summer of 2017, two such sessions were held. The first focused on supervision, with peers getting together to confidentially give and receive support on pertinent issues surrounding supervision. The second session took the form of a forum for sharing grant application ideas at an early stage, with participants presenting grant application ideas and/or giving feedback to others on their applications.

Brown Bag Career Lunches with Jonathan Knowles and Carmela Kantor-Aaltonen.

We are also slowly building up a collection of career development related literature for FIMMPOD members in the FIMMPOD career development library. The library so far consists of the following five titles.

  1. Career Options for Biomedical Scientists, Kaaren Janssen
  2. What Every Postdoc Needs to Know, Liz Elvidge
  3. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg
  4. What Color is Your Parachute? 2017: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, Richard N. Bolles
  5. Career Planning for Research Bioscientists, Sarah Blackford

Using the library: The books will be kept in office D306b in the book shelf to the left of the door. Please fill in your details (book title, your name, date out and date returned, signature) in the exercise book provided each time you borrow a book. Please only borrow one book at a time and loans are possible for a maximum period of two weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask (heidi.virtanen@helsinki.fi).

FIMM Research Training and FIMMPOD Coordinators are actively seeking internship opportunities in industry for FIMM researchers, for example in pharmaceutical companies. FIMM masters and doctoral students as well as FIMMPOD members can express their interest in potential internships via an eform (https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/77479/lomake.html) and industry representatives interested in hosting a FIMM intern can contact William Hennah (william.hennah@helsinki.fi) or Heidi Virtanen (heidi.virtanen@helsinki.fi) directly.

In addition, FIMMPOD will advertise and encourage the participants to attend local and international career fairs and the annual EMBL career day.

UH training courses for postdoctoral and senior researchers

These courses can be found from the HENKKA.

Last updated: 31.05.2018 - 10:17