Group photo at pizza and beer event

Join us at our next Pizza and Beer research talk!

Group photo of postdoc committee members

The DoLS PostDoc Committee

The postdoc committee receiving their team award

DoLS Postdoc Committee was awarded the 2017 Team Award from the PDC Reps Network

Postdocs enjoying the African drumming lesson

DoLS postdocs enjoyed the African drumming lesson social event

Postdoc Handbook

All the info you need for your time as a Postdoc in the Department of Life Sciences: view and download the DoLS Postdoc Handbook (PDF)


  • To engage with DoLS Postdocs and Early Career Research Fellows, support and encourage them to take advantage of the activities and development opportunities offered by the Department, and the College
  • To represent the Postdocs/Early Career Research Fellows’ ‘voice’ at Departmental Committees (Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Research Strategy Committee, Health and Safety Committee and any relevant committees as identified)
  • To report to the Department and the Postdoc Fellows Development Centre (PFDC) on the impact of the activities
  • To identify and provide a diverse programme of personal and professional development activities for all Postdocs/Early Career Research Fellows at the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London
  • To implement the action points identified in the 2015 DoLS Athena SWAN Action Plan, and any further action plans thereafter
  • To provide development opportunities for the members of the Postdoc Committee through rotation of duties
  • To represent DoLS Postdocs/Early Career Research Fellows at the PFDC termly meetings

Access full PDC Terms of Reference 2016 and PDC meeting minutes

Committee Membership

If you would like to join the committee please get in touch!

The Postdoc Champion for DoLS is Professor Robert Endres

Robert Endres

The PFDC works closely with departments to ensure that the voices of postdocs and fellows are well-represented at the departmental level. Postdoc champions are integral to this effort, as they:

  • Receive feedback from postdocs and fellows and present their views at department and faculty level to help ensure their needs are appropriately met
  • Keep in regular contact with the postdoc reps within their department, with meetings taking place at least once per term 
  • Organise and attend meetings between postdocs, fellows and Heads of Departments
  • Take an active role, together with postdoc reps, fellows and department staff, in organising events relevant to postdocs and fellows
  • Provide advice to postdocs and fellows on available development training and support
  • Encourage and facilitate networking between postdocs and fellows from different research groups and other staff within the department
  • Ensure a department distribution list for postdocs and fellows is maintained  
  • Regularly attend the Postdocs and Fellows Champions lunch hosted by the Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre every term