Pop-up workshops are brief, informal and interactive sessions designed to deliver bite-size, timely, targeted information to postdocs on a range of themes that will be helpful for their careers.

The workshops last about one hour, usually run over lunchtime, and are open to all postdocs and fellows from across the College.
Details on upcoming pop-ups will be advertised in the PFDC newsletter, via departmental Postdoc Rep and via twitter @ImperialPFDC. To register for a pop-up, please see the latest PFDC Newsletter.

Upcoming sessions

Funder Showcase: Marie Curie Fellowship - 18 July 2017, 9.30-11.00, SALC 1, South Kensington Campus

Are you thinking of applying for one of the Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF)? With the deadline approaching in September it is advised to have a clear understanding of the submission procedure - this pop-up will provide guidance on how to prepare an effective application and help you maximise your chances of success. 

James Lloyd from the Imperial College Research Office will be delivering the session. Please sign up for the event via this link

Pathways to Postdocs: Teaching Careers - 18 July 2017, 13.00-14.00, SALC 1, South Kensington Campus

Are you interested in a teaching career within a university setting? More teaching-intensive careers are opening up in universities. Come along to talks and a Q and A session with two or three teaching fellows from different Imperial Faculties to hear about these options and the developing career paths in this area of work. 

This pop-up is for Imperial’s postdocs and fellows and will be run by Imperial’s Teaching Fellow Network.  Please sign up for the event via this link

Funder Showcase: NERC 26 July 2017, 9.30-11.00, SALC 2, South Kensington Campus

The NERC fellowship scheme provides opportunities for outstanding early-career scientists to devote their time to:

  • producing research of international importance
  • developing their research careers and research groups
  • developing into recognised science leaders

Are you curious to know a bit more about the process? Are you are planning to submit an application? This pop-up will provide guidance on how to prepare an effective application to help you maximise your chances of success. David Roberts from NERC will be running a funder showcase to present and discuss the opportunities available to Imperial postdocs.
Please sign up for the event via this link

Pop-up: Job Search & Non Academic CVs – 27July 2017, SALC 1, 13.30-16.00, South Kensington Campus

You can attend just one session, or both.

Job Search (13.30 – 14.30) Do you know what career you want - but don’t know where to start with finding a job?

This interactive pop-up+ session will:

  • introduce tools and tips to assist with creative job searching both within and outside of academia
  • help you to create a targeted and creative job search strategy, which includes:
  • looking at suitable job listings
  • thinking about where else you might find opportunities

Please sign up for the event via this link

Non Academic CVs (14.45-16.00)

Are you considering a different career? Have you ever wondered how to translate your current postdoc skills to fit a job description?

During this interactive pop-up + session, you will:

  • Learn how your research skills can be translated to non academic roles
  • Learn how to interpret a job description and how to draw on your current skills to give evidence of your expertise
  • Look at a range of non academic jobs, discuss issues of how to give examples of leadership, client focus, customer awareness, industry, teamwork
  • Look at how to write non academic CVs and how to use a personal profile as part of your CV

Bring a copy of your own CV and any non academic job descriptions that you have seen and that may be of interest.

Please note there will be a chance to get feedback on your own CV from a PFDC Advisor and your peers, and have any questions answered. 

Please sign up for the event via this link

Pop-up: Assertiveness - 1 August 2017, 10.30-12.00, SALC 6, South Kensington Campus

The aim of this pop-up workshop is to give you a better understanding of what assertiveness is and identify those situations where assertiveness skills are required.  We will also explore how to behave assertively in appropriate situations. You will get to try out being assertive using case studies as examples. Please sign up for the event via this link

Pop-up: Networking for success - 3 August 2017, 14.00-16.00, SALC 6, South Kensington Campus

What is networking? Why is it important in your career? How can you network effectively?

The aim of this pop-up workshop is to help you understand how to network effectively and make you confident and happy about going out and networking to advance your career!  Please sign up for the event via this link

Pop-up: Pensions - 9 August 2017, 14.30-15.30, SALC 5, South Kensington Campus

Everything you need to know about the Pension Scheme at Imperial College. The session will cover a brief introduction on the Pension Scheme and address all of your questions including on changing jobs in the UK, what will happen if you move to another country, what is the opt-out option, can you save extra money?... and much more.

Carey Southward from Imperial College will be delivering the session. Please sign up for the event via this link


We continue to expand our portfolio, and welcome suggestions from the postdoc community for new pop-up topics.
As well as having pop-ups that are open to all, we can also tailor and deliver sessions specifically for postdoc and departmental needs.
Please contact the PFDC Support Team with your ideas and requirements.