The training programme of the recruited researchers is run within the frame of the research programme described here.
The 11 Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) positions all last 36 months, and the recruited researchers are encouraged to validate their training through the completion of a PhD thesis.
5 Experienced Researchers are also being recruited for post-doc positions of 12 to 24 months.
The ESRs will spend at least three months and up to 30% of their time at other sites of the network (secondment) and/or at the sites of the associated partners, in order to gain experience in the use of complementary analytical tools and/or acquire specific technical expertise.
Training through scientific and complementary skills courses
BIOCOR offers its recruited researchers a wide range of training activities on scientific and complementary skills.
Basic scientific courses given at the first Network Meeting:
• BASIC SURFACE SCIENCE KNOWLEDGE FOR RESEARCHERS WITH MICROBIOLOGY BACKGROUND
Course given by Prof. Christine Dupont, Université Catholique de Louvain
• BASIC MICROBIOLOGY KNOWLEDGE FOR RESEARCHERS WITH CORROSION / MATERIAL SCIENCES / CHEMISTRY BACKGROUND
Course given by Dr. Iwona Beech, University of Portsmouth
• BASIC CORROSION KNOWLEDGE FOR RESEARCHERS WITH MICROBIOLOGY BACKGROUND
Course given by Eva Johansson, Swerea KIMAB
Complementary skills courses planned:
• Research management
• Perfecting oral and written communication skills
• English and possibly other dominating European language skills
• Scope of EU-funded projects
• Intellectual property rights and exploitation of research’s results
Training through the network-wide activities
Every six months, Network meetings are organised to allow the recruited researchers to benefit from the multidisciplinary expertise of the project partners, opening them up to different schools of thought, disciplines, approaches, cultures and techniques. At these Network Meetings, the recruited researchers’ present their results and take part in scientific workshops, in order to steer their research in the direction of the common network goals.
Once a year the Network Meeting will be organised in collaboration with a workshop session dedicated to MIC at EUROCORR, the annual European Federation of Corrosion (EFC) conference. The recruited researchers will be responsible for organising these workshop sessions.
BIOCOR network events open to the public
• Project mid term: a 7-day summer school on "Fundamental and applied knowledge in biocorrosion" - hosted by the University of Portsmouth
• Project end: a widely-publicised Final Network conference will be organised, in order to present the achievements of the Network in terms of accomplished research, as well as proposing the development of new research profiles in biocorrosion.
Each researcher recruited will attend at least one international event within their field of expertise.
C. Dupont (UCL) teaching surface science in Lisbon
Captive audience during training - Lisbon 2010