Writing of Research Statements

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Writing of Research Statements

  • Beginning: Oct 25, 2017
  • End: Oct 26, 2017
  • Speaker: Dr. Sabine Preusse
  • RaumZeit e.K. Coaching Beratung Training
  • Location: Möggingen/Radolfzell
  • Room: MaxLounge
  • Host: IMPRS for Organismal Biology
  • Contact: mhieber@orn.mpg.de
Applying for a position in research requires not only a CV, a letter of motivation, a list of publications and references but also a research statement. They are targeted to the job advertisement and the mission of the research group and its hosting research organisation:First, we will understand the function of the different parts of an application to a research position such as letter of motivation, CV, research statement and references. Participants are asked to bring a job application, so that they can receive a targeted feedback during the second day of the workshop.We will then define the different core elements of a research agenda, their objectives in the context of the job application and the key elements they should cover.Participants will then write their own research statement. Based on these examples we will look into approaches for a targeted motivation of the research agenda, the targeted communication of the background and current research as well as a convincing set-up of the research agenda.Depending on time and interests of the participants, we will use the Researcher Development Framework by Vitae UK to investigate into skills and competencies. Based on these a strategy will be developed to convincingly justify the principal investigator’s expertise.

Writing of Grant Proposals and Research Statements - 2 Workshops in a Row
The first workshop will be “Grant Proposal Writing – How to design and communicate your project convincingly”, the second workshop will be “Writing of Research Statements”. For PhD students and postdocs participating in both workshops, the research statement will be introduced as the little brother of the grant proposal. They will be able to use their results from the first two workshop days and integrate them into a research statement in a writing workshop. Participants taking part in the second workshop only, will be briefly introduced into the major elements of the research agenda, so that they will be able to formulate their research vision. The development of a research plan, which might also be part of an application, will be covered in the Grant Proposal Writing workshop only. It is not part of the Writing of Research Statements Workshop.

Focus of the Writing of Research Statements Workshop
The explicit focus of this workshop is to provide an overview on the different parts of a job application in research and how they can be used to efficiently communicate the expertise of the researcher. It will focus on the formulation of a research statement including the formulation of a research agenda. Please observe: Participants who would like to learn how to develop a research idea into a complete work plan are asked to take part in the Grant Proposal Writing Workshop.

Workshop Contents
This workshop provides an overview on the different parts of a job application in research and how they can be used to efficiently communicate the expertise of the researcher. It will focus on the formulation of a research statement including the formulation of a research agenda. Please observe: Participants who would like to learn how to develop a research idea into a complete work plan are asked to take part in the Grant Proposal Writing Workshop.

  1. Applying for a position in research:
    • Elements of a complete application
    • Function of a letter of motivation, CV, research statement, references, list of publications
    • Intercultural pit-falls
  2. Structure of Research Statements
    • Different recipes to structure a research statement
  3. Toolbox Formulation
    • The funnel of motivation for introducing the research agenda
    • The core elements of the research agenda as the meta-level
    • Line of argument following the meta-level
    • Identification of relevant information
  4. Writing Workshop
    • Participants formulate a research statement
  5. Optional: Skills and Competencies for the Background
    • Stock-taking and providing evidence of skills and competencies with the Researcher Development Framework by Vitae UK
  6. Discussion and Feedback
    • Discussion of research statements, CV and letters of motivation

Training Method
The trainer will provide expert input with respect to the different topics. However, the focus lies on the actual work of the students on their research statement. Examples will be discussed in the group so that participants will receive feedback from the trainer and their peers.

Preparation of the Training
Participants are asked to hand in a job offer, a CV, and a letter of motivation two weeks before the training.

Documentation
Each participant will receive a detailed training manual in English covering all topics of the training. Furthermore, the trainer will document the workshop in a photo protocol which will be sent to the participants within two weeks after the workshop.

Target Group & Language
This training is dedicated to PhD students and postdocs. The course language will be English or German.

Duration and Group Size
This is a 2-day training for a group of max. 12 participants.

Results to take home
At the end of the workshop, the participants will have the following results:
• A draft research statement;
• A list of skills on competencies as based on the Researcher Development Framework.

 
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