Early Career Rep Council Nominations 2020

The SRF values the views and opinions of its Early Career Members, and therefore includes two Early Career Rep (formerly known as Postgrad/Postdoc Rep) positions on the SRF Council. This is a great opportunity to see the workings of the Society and get involved in decision making which shapes the future of the SRF.

We are seeking an SRF Early Career Member to take over from Rebecca Sumner (Hartpury College) who will be finishing her term in January 2020. The term for the new Rep will run from Jan 2020 – Jan 2022 and for the first year you will be working alongside Dr Jessica Roach (Royal Veterinary College) who took on the role in January 2019.

The role

As an Early Career Rep, you will attend Council meetings where you represent the views and concerns of postgraduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and other early career scientists. During the two years, you will also sit on two of the SRF Committees; the Education and Engagement Committee and the Programme Committee. Early Career Reps also help to organise Early Career events at the annual Fertility meetings such as the SRF Early Career Researcher Symposium.

During your term, you will still be able to benefit from SRF grants, bursaries and awards.

Attendance at meetings

Council Members are expected to attend Council Meetings. The foreseeable meetings are due to be held:

  • 2020: Spring (14 and 15 May) | Summer (TBC July by teleconference) | Autumn (TBC November)
  • 2021: January (to coincide with Fertility 2021).

You will be reimbursed for travel costs incurred by attending these meetings.

Council meetings are held at a hotel in an accessible UK location, currently Manchester Airport and take a Thu/Fri format. A working dinner is held the evening prior to the Council Meeting. Overnight accommodation is provided, and travel expenses reimbursed.

The Education and Engagement and Meetings Committees meet at the hotel on the afternoon prior to the Council meeting (May and November) but in the same location. Overnight accommodation is provided. Therefore, you can expect to be away on Early Career Rep business for up to two working days (including travel time) at least two times a year.


19 November 2019 Deadline for Nominations: in the case that only one application** is received, the successful candidate will be notified

**26 November 2019: If more than one application is received, all Early Career Members will be sent a unique link to vote online to elect the next Early Career Rep.

9 December 2019: voting closes.

January 2019: winner formally announced following the conclusion of the SRF Student Prize Session at Fertility 2020.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jessica (jroach@rvc.ac.uk) or Rebecca (Rebecca.sumner@hartpury.ac.uk) if you would like more information regarding the position.

How to apply

Please complete the below form to register your interest.

This form is currently closed for submissions.