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    SPIRAL - Research Careers Outside Higher Educ.
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    This seminar event will explore the career paths and current roles of a number of speakers having moved from an academic research background into research roles outside of higher education. Come along to learn more about different types of careers!

Duration 1 hour 30 mins

Course Type Live Stream

Booking Status Waiting List

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Target Audience: Research staff members and any staff looking to explore their career options

This is a live online event. 

The Researcher Careers seminar series aims to explore different career paths open to postdocs and others with a research background. Hosting speakers from a variety of contexts, backgrounds and roles, you will have the opportunity to hear more about their careers and how they moved from their research background into other professional contexts.  

This session will be focused on research roles outside of higher education, and we will hear from three speakers working in various areas from industry to consultancy:

  • Dr. Eleni Karinou is a Market Access Writer with the Evidence Synthesis Modelling and Communications group at Evidera and based in the UK. Her role focuses on the development of a range of global- and country-specific market access communication materials. Dr. Karinou’s previous experience includes postdoctoral research in single molecule biophysics at Newcastle University, and biochemistry at Imperial College London. Dr. Karinou holds a PhD in molecular microbiology from the University of Dundee, Scotland, and a BSc (Hons) degree in biology (genetics) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her work has been peer-reviewed and published in scientific journals and presented at international conferences.
  • Dr. Paola Ferrini obtained her PhD in Germany, at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Kohlenforschung in 2016, with a thesis on biomass conversion and lignin depolymerisation. She then spent two years as postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven in Belgium before moving to the UK. After spending two and a half years as Research Scientist at Imperial College London in the Centre for Rapid Online Analysis of Reaction developing automated, data-rich workflows for the study of reactions, Paola joined GSK in 2020 as an Investigator in the High-Throughput Automation team.  Here, she focuses on automating workflows to improve data collection and analysis for various departments, using a wide range of automated, medium- to high-throughput platforms.
  • Dr Naomi Tyrrell has a PhD in Human Geography (2006) and 20 years of research and teaching experience in public and private sectors as well as Higher Education in the UK and Ireland. Among others, she managed highly successful research projects with a range of funders and has also taught qualitative and quantitative research methods in universities. Since 2019, Naomi leads a research and development consultancy, Research Your Way, as managing director where she works with businesses, charities, social enterprises and universities to help them with research and evaluation, in particular in social sciences areas.

The event will start with short presentations from each of our speakers about their background and current roles. This will then be followed by time for questions and further discussion. 

Course Outcomes/ Objectives:

Participating in this event will provide you with opportunities to 

  • learn more about the diversity of careers open to someone with a research background, 
  • find out about what specific jobs in different careers sectors look like from someone with personal experience, 
  • discuss career options beyond the academic route with peers.   



We are committed to ensuring our events and courses are accessible to all staff.

  • The session will take place on Zoom. 
  • Auto-captions will be enabled. 
  • There will be audience participation. 
  • You are asked to keep your camera on if you’re comfortable. 
  • You are asked to attend the whole session. 
  • There will be a break during the session. 
  • The session is relaxed – this means you can stretch, move around, stim etc. 
  • Digital copies of resources will be emailed to participants upon request. 
  • Please contact osdu-equity@strath.ac.uk to discuss any further access requirements 

Delivered By: OSDU in collaboration with University and external colleagues



Cancellation Policy

When applying for a course, you should note that there will be a £50* to your department if you cancel within 5** working days or you do not attend, and a £25 charge for cancellations/ non-attendance between 6 and 10 working days. There will be no charge for cancellation made 10 or more working days before the event. Notifications should be made to OSDU@strath.ac.uk

A department is welcome to send someone else in your place if they wish without incurring a charge, providing that person has the necessary pre-requisites for the course. In the case of courses split over more than one day, you must attend ALL parts of the course. If you fail to attend any part you will be charged as outlined above.

*This is the standard charge for cancellation or non-attendance of course of 1 days duration or less. For some courses there may be a higher cancellation charge and if this is the case you will be advised of this at the time of booking.

**Any bookings made within 10 days of the event will incur the charges as specified.