My Research Career

My Research Career Development Series

The series is open to 15 participants and it consists of 6 x 2-hour online workshops, each with associated tasks that participants can submit for facilitator feedback and advice. Beginning in April 2023 and concluding in September 2023.

Foundational Skills for Great Careers

We know from experience that a day in the life of a researcher can be complex. So, we focus on skills for workload management, strategising, and planning to help our participants excel…wherever their careers take them.

For early career researchers, including higher degree by research students, this development series offers insights into being an effective researcher in the current national and global research context. Participants will develop foundational skills they can continue to build on as their career progresses.

My Research Career is facilitated by With Distinction Research, Academic & Career Consultants. (bio's below).

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Once you are accepted, you will receive a link to register for the below sessions:


19/04/23Module 1 – Understanding the research landscape.  The aims of this module are to: Explain the university's research landscape; Highlight the strategic issues, priorities, resources, and support to relevant researchers; Describe how to align personal and institutional research goals; Highlight good time and priority management skills.  2 hrs, 1000-1200. 
31/05/23Module 2 - Developing a Research Strategy.  This module: Discusses ways to align personal research goals with institutional and national research priorities; Introduces the components of an effective research strategy; Outline key aspects of research project scoping and planning. 2 hrs, 1000-1200. 
22/06/23Module 3 - Research Track Record and Web Presence.  In this module we:  Examine the components of a research track record; Describe how to present the track record to align with competitive funding programs (e.g. ARC); Outline strategies for track record improvement; Discuss how to establish and maintain a web profile. 2 hrs, 1000-1200. 
25/07/23Module 4 - Navigating the Publishing Process.  We: Discuss the publication process; Compare different types of publications; outline strategies for managing authorship and publishing with collaborative teams;  Discuss how to engage with reviewer and editorial feedback and strategies for improving publishing success. 2 hrs, 1000-1200. 
29/08/23Module 5 - Improving Funding Success.  This modules aims to: Describe the different types of funding available; Discuss how to develop a funding strategy;  Explain the typical components of a funding application;  Discuss ways to improve the quality of funding applications. 2 hrs, 1000-1200. 
28/09/23Module 6 - Working with Others.  In our final module we:  Discuss the role of mentors in building a research career;  Examine how to develop and navigate successful collaborations and networks;  Discuss strategies for securing, leading and managing research teams and staff. 2 hrs, 1000-1200.

Dr Gayle Smythe (BSc(Hons), PhD) has training, research and teaching experience in human anatomy, physiology, histology, cell biology, and health research capacity building and evaluation. She has held senior university positions including Head of School/Department, and Associate Dean (Research). She is highly experienced in university and research administration, management, governance and compliance. She has produced executive level university reports on research quality, training, integrity, engagement and impact, managed recruitment to over 50 academic, research and professional positions, developed and implemented research strategic plans, and provided proofreading/editing services, grant application review and critique, and support on academic and research job applications. Read Gayle’s full bio here.

Dr Gary Luck (BApplSci(Hons), PhD) has an outstanding international research track record in ecosystem services, relationships between socio-economics and biodiversity conservation, and conservation and landscape ecology of vertebrate fauna. As a Professor (and subsequently Adjunct Professor) of Ecology and Interdisciplinary Science he led research with other ecologists, social researchers, psychologists, landholders, commercial primary producers, and local, state and federal government agencies. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and attracted over $5M in research funding. He has supervised and mentored Honours, Masters, Doctoral and Postdoctoral researchers, held senior professorial positions, and led interdisciplinary research teams. As the university Head of Research Professional Development Programs (2014-2017), he advised and supported research staff through developing proposals, papers and grant applications, designed and delivered the My Research Career professional development program, and provided individual research career mentoring and tutoring to early career and mid-career researchers. Read Gary’s full bio here.