Contact us:

For all enquiries, email:
pfdc-support@imperial.ac.uk

Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre Office:
Imperial College London
Exhibition Road
Sherfield Building, level 5
London SW7 2AZ

 

BernieBernie Babel
Programme Manager and Trainer
Email: b.babel@imperial.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 1133


Go to for:
Queries relating to the course programme and PFDC activities.

Job Summary:
Manages the suite of courses provided by the PFDC including; booking tutors, venues, catering and processing bookings. Trainer on several PFDC courses and the Springboard Women’s Development Programme

Background & Experience:
Bernie has been with the PFDC since it started and comes with a wealth of organisational experience. Outside of the PFDC, Bernie works with adolescents.


Jenna CollinsonJenna Collinson
Centre Manager
Email: j.collinson@imperial.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 2781


Go to for:
Anything related to the administration team or PFDC activities.

Job summary:
Manages the PFDC Coordinator, finances, newsletter and carries out projects as required.

Background & Experience:
Jenna has an Undergraduate Psychology and Occupational Psychology Master Degree. After working with Postgraduate Students in a similar capacity, Jenna moved to Imperial College.


Stefanie Edler-Wollstein

Stefanie Edler-Wollstein
Consultant / Researcher Developer/ Accredited Leadership Coach
Email: s.edler-wollstein@imperial.ac.uk
Tel: +44 20 7594 8873


Go to for:

  • Advice and support for postdocs/fellows at every stage of their postdoc/fellow career
  • Leadership coaching for fellows 

 

Job summary:

  • Delivers PFDC courses for postdocs and fellows supporting their development and goals/career planning
  • Provides bespoke support via 1:1 consultations covering any topic related to job applications, CVs, fellowships, development opportunities, moving out of academia, networking, working in a lab/team, etc.
  • Conducts mock interviews
  • Provides tailored leadership coaching for fellows as part of their career development requirement
  • Coordinates the PFDC Reps Network

 

Background & Experience:
Stefanie’s academic background is in social science and communications and she holds a diploma in Learning & Development from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Having worked in Higher Education institutions in the UK and internationally, she has extensive experience in designing and delivering professional development programmes and is truly passionate about supporting early career researchers to excel in their chosen career path.
Stefanie is a qualified senior and executive-level coach and mentor. In her current role, she specialises in enhancing leadership and management capability for postdocs and fellows, 1:1 career coaching, CV clinics and interview training.


LizDr Liz Elvidge
Head of postdoc and fellows development
Email: e.elvidge@imperial.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 1562


Go to for:
Expert on advice on the support and development of postdocs and fellows.

Job Summary:
Head of the Centre providing strategic leadership and direction to the support and development of postdocs and fellows at Imperial.

Background and Experience:
Liz has worked in Higher Education for the whole of her career. She has a PhD in Glacial Geomorphology and Geomorphology and postdoc work in magnetostratography. She first became interested in the training and development of researchers during her first postdoc. Since then she has worked at Heriot Watt University, Head of Academic Staff Development at Cambridge University and has been at Imperial for nearly 10 years. In 2015 she was awarded the Dame Julia Higgins Medal for ‘outstanding support for female early career researchers and academics’.
In 2017 she published a book – ‘What every postdoc needs to know’ with two researcher development colleagues. They have been commissioned to write a second book ‘What every woman needs to know to progress in Higher Education’


Karen HinxmanDr Karen Hinxman
Consultant
Email: k.hinxman@imperial.ac.uk 
Tel: +44 (0)207 594 8873


Go to for:

  • Support for postdoc/fellows at every stage of their postdoc/fellow career
  • Requests/suggestions for bespoke sessions for postdocs and fellows at Department/Division/School level

Job Summary:

  • Coordinates the PFDC Reps Network
  • Delivers PFDC courses for postdocs and fellows supporting their development and goals/career planning
  • Manages two collaborative research funds: Faculty of Engineering – Dame Julia Higgins Engineering Postdoc Collaborative Research Fund; and the College-wide Fellows and Clinicians Seed Fund
  • Provides bespoke support via 1:1 meetings and mock interviews
  • Runs Welcome Lunches for new postdocs and fellows to Imperial

Background & Experience:
Karen gained her PhD in Structural Biology from the University of York, before joining a research institute affiliated with McGill University, Canada.  Two years later she returned to the UK to undertake a three-year Research Associate position at the University of Warwick.
Whilst carrying out her research into antimicrobials, she set up her departmental reps community and was an active member of several committees; particularly during their successful Athena Swan application. In addition, she established a thriving Woman in Science series of events which highlighted the many different career options that are available to researchers.
She is passionate about helping early-career researchers reach their full potential.  Over the last four years, she has achieved this by developing a range of tailored training and support for postdocs and fellows from across the College.  She also works closely with departments through the PFDC Reps Network.  Karen is a qualified Springboard trainer and an MBTI Practitioner.


Ines PerpetuoDr Ines Perpetuo
Consultant/Adviser
Email: i.perpetuo@imperial.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 42558


Go to for:

  • Support for postdoc/fellows at every stage of their postdoc/fellow career
  • Requests/suggestions for new pop up courses or bespoke sessions for postdocs and fellows at Department/Division/School level

Job Summary:

  • Develops, manages and delivers the PFDC Pop Up workshops across all campuses at Imperial
  • Coordinates the PFDC Funder Showcase - providing informative Q&A sessions between the funders and Imperial postdocs
  • Provides bespoke support via 1:1 meetings and mock interviews
  • Runs Welcome Lunches for new postdocs and fellows to Imperial College
  • Develops online materials such as Tip sheets and Online Training Modules
  • Supports the Imperial Postdocs and Fellows Enterprise Network

Background & Experience:

Ines has experience in postdoc development and support as a previous member of the Researcher Association at the Royal Veterinary College, London. She completed her PhD in Biomedical Sciences in Portugal before moving to the UK to pursue a Postdoc working with mammalian bone cell activity.
She is now focused in using her skills to support postdoc staff in their development through training delivery and individual support, and help them achieve their goals and vision both in and outside academia.


Elena VirlanElena Virlan
Coordinator
Email: e.virlan@imperial.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 5790


Go to for:
Any enquiries about PFDC activities and the Springboard’s Women Development Programme

Job Summary:
Supporting the coordination of the PFDC appointments, courses and events provision

Background & Experience:
Elena studied in Edinburgh, where she completed an undergraduate degree in Event Management & Marketing and a postgraduate degree in Psychology of Mental Health. She began her role in the PFDC after working in the Careers Services at the University of Reading and Imperial.