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RESEARCH NEWS + OPPORTUNITIES
3 MAY 2013
NOTICES
Changes to Animal Ethics submission and pre-review deadlines
The Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) has recognised a need to approve more applications and modifications in less time. One way in which this could be achieved is to allow more time to clarify and improve applications and modifications by consulting with researchers after submission and before AEC meetings.
The Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) has recognised a need to approve more applications and modifications in less time.

One way in which this could be achieved is to allow more time to clarify and improve applications and modifications by consulting with researchers after submission and before AEC meetings. 

There is often not enough time to follow up even minor issues, leading to application approval being deferred or rejected and researchers having to re-submit to the next meeting.

As such the AEC has decided to lengthen the period of time between the submission and pre-review deadlines and the relevant AEC Main and AEC Executive Meetings. 

So from 1 June 2013, the submission deadlines for the AEC Main Meeting, the AEC Executive Meeting and the draft pre-review deadline each month will all move forward two days, in order to provide more time for the AEC to liaise with researchers on applications and modifications before a decision is made at the relevant AEC meeting. This will hopefully increase the number of applications and modifications that are approved without undue delay.

The updated dates can be found on the Research Support website.

If you have any queries please contact the Animal Ethics Office via email: animal.ethics@sydney.edu.au.
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Privacy Awareness
This week is Privacy Awareness Week so it is a good time to draw attention to the University’s new Privacy Policy 2013, and the associated Privacy Management Plan.
This week is Privacy Awareness Week so it is a good time to draw attention to the University’s new Privacy Policy 2013, and the associated Privacy Management Plan.

The Privacy Management Plan (PDF) is a procedure under the University’s policy framework, and sets out in broad terms how the University will comply with the NSW privacy acts.

The new Privacy Policy (PDF) sets out the rights and responsibilities of the University, staff, affiliates and  in some circumstances, students in relation to privacy.  

The policy includes the requirement that staff and affiliates who direct students’ research are responsible for ensuring that students under their direction understand their obligations under the NSW privacy legislation.

Privacy Awareness Week is held each year to promote greater privacy awareness and the importance of protecting personal information. 

Please visit the university's Privacy webpage for further information.

Briefings and training sessions are being held through all faculties, or can be arranged on request.  Please contact Tim Robinson via email or on 9351 4263.

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TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
Early Careers Researcher Development Program
Learning Solutions are pleased to announce the launch of the Faculty of Science Early Careers Researcher Development Program for 2013.
Learning Solutions are pleased to announce the launch of the Faculty of Science Early Careers Researcher Development Program for 2013.

The program has been developed by Learning Solutions in consultation with the research support team and early career researchers within the Faculty to provide you with relevant skills and knowledge to support your career.

Workshops are planned for semester 1, followed by a series of lunchtime seminars in semester 2.

The first workshop, on Career Planning, is held this Wednesday 8 May from 9am-1pm, concluding with lunch. A combination of presentations, panel discussions and practical individual and group activities will help you learn from those who have been there and successfully come through the other side.  

A series of reflection activities will allow you to think about what academia means to you and what you can do to plan your next steps whilst maintaining a happy work/life balance. Contributors include Prof Tim Bedding, Prof Madeleine Beekman, Dr Kate Bosward, Prof Geraint Lewis and A/Prof Richard Payne.

The first session is fast approaching, so register now through CareerPath.

For further information on this or any of the other sessions planned in the program in 2013, please contact Learning Solutions on learning.solutions@sydney.edu.au.
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FEATURED OPPORTUNITIES
Australian Sycnrotron Fellows program
The Australian Synchrotron invites applications from outstanding individuals keen to contribute new skills and ideas, and willing to work on establishing collaborations to complement the institutional expertise of the Australian Synchrotron.
The Australian Synchrotron invites applications from outstanding individuals keen to contribute new skills and ideas, and willing to work on establishing collaborations to complement the institutional expertise of the Australian Synchrotron.

The Australian Synchrotron Fellows Program offers an insider’s perspective of the Australian Synchrotron – to work alongside its expert staff and users, on cutting-edge research and industrial development projects, to develop new skills and invaluable collaborations.

Organisations sponsoring a Fellow will benefit from new opportunities for knowledge transfer, access to resources, facilities and beamtime. They will also benefit from having a dedicated staff member providing user support for other researchers from the same organisation.

Fellowship offer:
  • The Australian Synchrotron will fund up to 50 per cent of Fellow positions. External sources, such as sponsoring organisations, will fund the remainder.
  • Fellows will be employed for a 2-year fixed term with the possibility of a one year extension.
  • Fellows that are successful as Chief Investigators in winning merit beamtime, will be considered as Victorian-based users for the purposes of access to beamtime.
  • Fellowship candidates may include academic post-doctoral fellows as well as those employed to support industry applications.
Contact: Kate Taylor
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German-Australian Mobility Call
The joint German-Australian Mobility Call for Collaboration in Science and Technology in Biodiversity and Health fosters collaboration between Germany and Australia by supporting the mobility of researchers in joint research projects.
The joint German-Australian Mobility Call for Collaboration in Science and Technology in Biodiversity and Health fosters collaboration between Germany and Australia by supporting the mobility of researchers in joint research projects.

The thematic focus of this call is on specific biodiversity and health topics. The projects should be application-oriented and include SME/industry participation.

Australian applicants must have a German partner who is applying through the German—Australian Mobility Call with BMBF.  Deadline for submission of proposals for the partner is 7 June 2013. The closing date for Australian applications to the Academy will be Monday 29 July 2013.

In the week of 20 May, the Australian Academy of Science will also be opening the German-Australian Mobility Call for Collaboration in Science and Technology in Biodiversity and Health for Australian researchers.

For further information please contact Kate Taylor or visit the Ministry online (in German).
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AINSE Postdoctoral research fellowships.
The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering invites applications for its Postdoctoral research fellowship.
The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering invites applications for its Postdoctoral research fellowship.

AINSE offers these fellowships to outstanding scientists with three to eight years of postdoctoral experience to undertake research in areas of science and technology.

Fellows will be expected to build a research group in an AINSE member university and to be attached to the ANSTO facilities, including the OPAL research reactor.

During the initial three-year-appointment, up to 60 hours of teaching per year are expected.

The fellowship offers: Academic lecturer level B salary, relocation expenses, research support, and also includes travel, accomodation conference attendance, materials, laboratories, and host university contributions per annum.

Although a call has not yet been announced by sponsor the approximate deadline expected for this scheme is forecast the 31 May 2013.

Visit Research Professional or contact Sophie Carruthers for further information.
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FOR YOUR DIARY
 8 MAY    |  
Lunchtime seminar for Equity Fellowship applicants
An informal session where Equity Fellows past and present, and member of the review panel with experience assessing several cohorts, will share personal tips and advice on preparing a competitive Equity Fellowship application and answer audience questions.

When: 1-2pm, 8 May 2013
Where: Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
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