Launching your academic reputation early on is an important first step towards building collaborative research partnerships. Here are some career development ideas;
1. Establish a Presence. Create a LinkedIn, Google Scholar, Academia.edu, Mendeley, FigShare, or ResearchGate account(s) and begin to share and document your work. This will help to establish your credibility as a potential research partner later on.
2. Join the Conversation. Academic mailing lists, such as JISCMail are useful for finding out about new opportunities and developments, as well as establishing connections with likeminded researchers.
3. Keep Up To Date. Develop your own personalised current awareness service to keep up to date with developments in your area of research.
4. Identify Good Practice. Use metrics databases like Incites Journal Citation Reports, or Essential Science Indicators to identify key or up and coming researchers in your field. Reach out and make contact.
5. Create Learning Opportunities. Edinburgh Napier University runs both staff and student Erasmus programmes in which you can spend a short period of time at one of the University's Erasmus partner organisations either learning, teaching, work shadowing, or attending an Erasmus staff training week.
Start small. Get to know potential collaborators socially first. Twitter chats such as #PhDChat and #ECRChat are excellent for productive yet informal discussions and making new contacts. Brush up on your communication and team-working skills - you can find related resources on this page.
If you are considering becoming a Principal Investigator you will need to work on your grasp of financial management, project management, presentation, and leadership skills. See the University’s Researcher Development Programme and Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework for more information. The Library also holds a wealth of professional development material related to the above.