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IoPPN Postdoc Network

Training & Development Opportunities

Most relevant training and development opportunities for postdocs at the IoPPN are summarised in the Academic, Researcher & Educator Development handbook.


Postdocs are encouraged to make use of the training offered by the Centre for Research Staff Development, who run a varied selection of courses that can be booked via Skills Forge

King's has also signed up to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.


Other opportunities include:

Grant Writing

The IoPPN has a number of useful resources to help researchers apply for grants including details of proposal writing workshops, please see the intranet for details.  The IoPPN also has a repository of previously successful funding applications, many of which are relevant to postdocs.

For details of current and upcoming grants, please see Research Professional and the fortnightly IoPPN Funding Opportunities and Prizes Circular.

The Research & Innovation Committee runs mock grant review and fellowship interview events each year.  Information from previous events - including a video of a mock fellowship review panel can be found here.

King's runs some very helpful courses on grant writing, including help on the financial aspects of writing applications, that can be accessed via Skills Forge.

This Project Budget checklist may also be useful when preparing grants. 

Education & Teaching

If you are a graduate student or post-doctoral researcher new to teaching in higher education, the Preparing to Teach provision is designed for you. You may also find the Teaching Recognition at Kings programme helpful, which is the King's route to achieve HEA professional recognition.

Postdocs who make a substantial contribution to teaching at the IoPPN can apply for honorary lecturer status.  Please see here for more information.


King's is a member of HEaTED, which is an organisation dedicated to supporting Professional Development of Technical staff from all disciplines and specialisms in Higher Education and related fields, and provides  access to training, regional networks and events free of charge.

Postdocs may also be interested in professional registration of the Science Council. There are various levels of registration:  Registered Science Technician,  Registered Scientist, Chartered Scientist or a Chartered Science Teacher.

Mentoring Opportunities

Mentoring involves an individual sharing their experience, knowledge and skills to support others in their career development or progression. 

The Centre for Research Staff Development is currently piloting a cross-departmental mentoring scheme for postdocs.  Information about this scheme can be found here.  The first cohort were started in October 2017 and a second cohort will start in January 2018. 

There is also a King's Diversity Mentoring Scheme.


New Guy's Campus Cross-Departmental Postdoctoral Mentoring Programme

The Centre for Developmental Neurobiology and the Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases from the IoPPN, alongside the Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics from FoLSM have recently launched a new Cross-Departmental Postdoctoral Mentoring Programme to provide 1-1 mentoring for postdocs on Guy's Campus by senior academic staff.  The first mentors were matched in July 2017 and this is anticipated to be an annual occurrence.  Contact for further details.

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