Early Career Rep nominations and increase in ECR voice for 2022!

The SRF values the views and opinions of its Early Career members who make up approximately half of the SRF members.  Traditionally there have been two Early Career Representatives (ECRs) sitting on the SRF Council.  To better reflect numbers of SRF Early Career members, Council has decided to increase the number of ECRs to four comprising two postgrad/PhD students and two EC post-doctoral researchers.  These roles are an excellent opportunity to gain valuable insight into the workings of the Society and to ensure full representation of the Early career SRF members in SRF decision making. All vacancies will be for a period of two years with two new opportunities available each year.

Council is therefore delighted to announce two opportunities from January 2022: one as a PhD ECR and one as a post-doctoral PCR.

Postdoc ECR

We are seeking an SRF post-doctoral Early Career Member to take over from Aleona Swegen (Woman’s and Reproduction Health, Nuffield Department, Oxford) who will be finishing her term in January 2022.

The term for the new Postdoc Rep will run from Jan 2022 – Jan 2024 (the first year you will be working alongside Dr Federica Lopes (University of Edinburgh) who took on the role in January 2021.

PhD ECR – new for 2022

We are seeking an SRF PhD ECR and the term for this new post will be from Jan 2022 – Jan 2024.

Please note that two further opportunities will become available in 2023 when Dr Federica Lopes completes her term. This will ensure that 4 ECRs will be in place from 2023 onwards.

The role
As a Postgrad/PhD or Postdoc Early Career Rep, you will attend Council meetings where you will represent the views and concerns of Early Career members, including undergraduates, PhD students and postdoctoral scientists. During the two-year term, you will have the opportunity to sit on one or possibly two SRF Committees and to contribute to discussions and decision-making processes as necessary. Early Career Reps also take a leading role in managing social media sites and are responsible for organising the SRF Early Career Researcher Symposium at the annual Fertility meeting (liaising with the SRF Programme Committee Chair) as well as any other EC events at Fertility and through the year as agreed.

Please note that ECRs are still able benefit from SRF grants, bursaries, and awards.

Attendance at meetings
Early career reps are expected to attend Council Meetings.  The foreseeable meetings are due to be held:

2022:   Spring (usually May) and Autumn (usually November)
2023:   January (to coincide with Fertility 2023)
You will be reimbursed for travel costs incurred in attending these meetings.

Council meetings are held at a hotel in an accessible UK location (currently Manchester Airport) or virtually and take a Thu/Fri format.  Committee meetings are held on Thursday afternoon, followed by a working dinner (the meeting is on location) the Council Meeting is held on Friday from 09.00 – 16.00. Food and overnight accommodation will be provided as necessary and travel (economy) expenses reimbursed.

You must expect to be away on Early Career Rep business for up to 2 working days (including travel time) at least two times a year and you will be expected to attend the Fertility conferences.

How to apply

For either post available from January 2022, please complete the Nomination to Early Careers form on the SRF website and submit it to the SRF Secretariat to arrive no later than 09.00 UK time on Monday 8 November 2021.

Please include:

  • What you would bring to the role and goals for your term as an Early Career Representative (PhD or Postdoc) including brief details about yourself including your research and interest in reproductive biology (maximum 500 words).
  • Recent head and shoulder photo.


8 November 2021 Deadline for Nominations: in the case that only one application is received for each post, the successful candidates will be advised prior to the announcement at the SRF AGM.

11 November 2021: 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 Reps.

13 December 2021: Voting closes.

January 2022: The names of those successfully elected as Early Career representatives will be formally announced at the SRF AGM.

To apply please complete the form below to apply.

Early Career Rep Council Nominations 2022
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