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Excellence Everywhere - National University of Ireland, Galway

Excellence Everywhere - National University of Ireland, Galway

UNDERSTANDING

UNDERSTANDING YOURINSTITUTION AND HOWTO PROGRESS WITHIN ITYou have no doubt spent many years in academicinstitutions and are familiar with their overall structure.But now, as fully trained scientist, you areentering into a new set of relationships with yourprofessional colleagues. Perhaps for the first time,you may have to deal with many of your institution’sadministrative offices. If you have done partof your training abroad, you will need to reacquaintyourself with the structure of institutions in yourown country.If your role includes being the head of a laboratoryor major project, you will need to:n Get to know people who will support your researchefforts, including the head of your department orinstitution and any more established researchersnearby who can serve as advisors throughout thenext phase of your career.n Understand how your organization is run and whoreports to whom; in particular who will be makingdecisions about how you advance in your career.n Watch carefully to understand hidden powerstructures that may be important to your success.Sometimes there are people who are not technically“in charge” but are key to your getting resources(or in some cases have the ability to thwart yourefforts). These individuals could be anyone fromsenior researchers to clerks. Early on, it is importantto keep your eyes open and not to overlook orunderestimate those around you.n Know about the organization’s research infrastructure,including who administers the funds to runyour laboratory, what support services are availableto you, and any policies about laboratory safetyand ethical issues that apply to your work. It maybe that if you are at a quite new institution or thefirst researcher doing your kind of work, you willhave to help your organization get up to speed onthings like safety standards, proper accounting andhandling of paperwork for granting agencies, andinternational standards for work involving humansubjects or collecting samples from the field.n Find out what the expectations are for independentresearchers with regard to how much they shouldpublish, whether they should seek outside fundingand if so how much of it, and what other activitiesthey need to perform.This chapter provides you with a starting point forobtaining this type of knowledge. It also discussessome of the professional responsibilities you mayhave to fulfill outside the laboratory, includingteaching and service and, in the case of physicianscientists,patient care. Finally, it will give yousome insights into how decisions about promotionsare made and how you can maximize yourchances of being promoted.Organization ofa “Typical” UniversityAlthough the major goal of most universities isthe advancement and dissemination of knowledge,universities also need funding to support theiractivities. A university must seek revenue froma variety of sources, including, in some cases,researchers. If you are going to work in a universitysetting, it can be useful to learn the paths throughwhich decisions are made, as well as the channelsthrough which money flows. Universities acrossthe world vary in organizational and reportingstructures, but many will have the followingpeople in charge:n A board of directors or governors, which may becomposed of academic, business, and communityleaders who hold appointed or elected positionswith specific terms. A board meets regularly toreview all major policy, financial, and managementdecisions, and may have a say in decisions aboutfaculty appointments and promotions. A typicalresearch institution may be composed of a director,one or more deputy directors, section or unitheads and support services that include technicaland administration sections/units. Usually a topmanagement team that includes the director,deputy directors, and heads of the technical unitsand the administration will make decisions onfinances, appointments, promotion of personnel,and institutional advancement.28 excellence everywhere

Consult the Faculty HandbookIf you take a job in a large, complex university, you will primarily report to your department or divisionhead, or in some places to a group leader—that is, a more senior scientist who organizes the activitiesof a group of researchers working on related aspects of a problem. If you have an appointment inmore than one department, or in a department and in one of the university’s separate research centersor institutes, you may have to report to more than one individual. If you will report to more than oneperson, you should try as much as possible to get these lines of command and responsibility in writingas described in the previous section.n A president or chancellor who has general oversightof the university’s academic programs andfinancial health. He or she is also the university’spublic spokesperson, dealing with “big picture”issues such as relationships with the governmentand with other funding bodies, as well as relationshipswith alumni, and fundraising.n A number of individuals with high-level titles—vice presidents, pro vice chancellors, rectors, vicerectors, provosts, deans, chairs of departments,directors of graduate schools, and similar positionsmay look after different areas of academic life,such as budgets, appointment of new faculty,maintenance of facilities, research funding,information technology, regulations for researchinvolving human subjects, patenting and licensingissues, student affairs, and so on.n Many universities are organized into smallerschools, divisions, departments of study, anddepartments of research, or faculties—for example,a large university may contain a School ofEngineering, or a Faculty of Medicine, or a Divisionof Public Health and Sanitation, each headed bydifferent individuals. These individuals may havesignificant input on your appointment and careerdevelopment. Within these units, there may besmaller ones, or departments, which are also oftenheaded by powerful individuals.The structure of one large university(drawn from a South American institution)executive team:BoardPresidentBoard and Office ManagerExecutive SecretaryCommittee SecretaryLegal SecretaryExec Manager Corporate AffairsVice President ResearchExec Dir FinanceExec Dir Tech & InnovExec Dir OperationsExec ManCap DevExec ManRes Admin& MgmtExec ManStrategic ResInitiativesExec ManKnowledgeMgmtExec ManHRManITManOperationsStrategic Research Committee 18 Intramural Unit Directors 22 Division ManagersENTRY AND RE-ENTRY: establishing yourself as a scientist in a new job29

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