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Date & Time

Thursday 24th November
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Tickets

Complimentary. Booking required.

Location

Imperial College London
Exhibition Road
South Kensington
London SW7 2BX

Tuesday 15 November

General information

For further information or if you have any enquiries, please contact the Development Office on 01223 338700 or at development@joh.cam.ac.uk.

Johnian Society Careers Forum: Academia

Join Johnians Professor I. Nick McCave (1986) and Dr Oliver Buxton (2003) at Imperial College London for a discussion on how to build and sustain a career in academia.

Nick and Oli will share the benefit of their extensive, international research careers in their respective specialisms of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Fluid Mechanics.

If you are at the start of a career in academia, or working in industry and considering a change of direction into academia, this event will help to demystify what’s ahead of you.

Nick McCave is a Fellow of St John’s and Emeritus Woodwardian Professor of Geology in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD as a Fulbright Scholar at Brown University, Rhode Island, was a Lecturer in Environmental Sciences at UEA and worked as an Adjunct Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts.

Oli Buxton is a Reader in Experimental Fluid Mechanics in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London. He graduated with an MEng In Engineering from St. John’s College in 2007 and a PhD in Aeronautics from Imperial College London in 2011. He spent two years as a postdoc at the University of Texas at Austin.

Oli and Nick will share tips and recommendations from their own experiences of creating fulfilling, successful and sustainable research careers.

This event is coordinated by the Johnian Society with support from the Development Office of St John’s. In line with the mission of the Johnian Society, the event places the alumni network at its heart. With 13,000 alumni of St John’s around the world, the network is a valuable resource for its members.

The event will be shaped to the needs of the attendees, but we expect to cover the following topics:

– Routes into academia
– Gaining international experience
– Transferrable skills from industry
– The academic job market
– Funding your research
– Finding valuable networks and mentors

All are welcome at this event but we expect it to be most valuable to:

– Current Masters/MPhil students
– Current PhD candidates
– Early career researchers
– Those working in industry considering a change in direction
– Those working in either arts & humanities or sciences

We want this event to be as useful to attendees as possible; if you have particular topics you would like to discuss at the event, let us know so that we can be sure to cover them. We recognise that this event covers a broad subject, so if we can’t help we will try to find someone who can.

Professor Professor I. Nick McCave (1986)

Nick McCave has been a Fellow of St John’s since 1986. As he puts it he had been everywhere except Cambridge (Oxford, Ivy League, European research institute, ‘new’ University). He is Emeritus Woodwardian Professor of Geology in the Dept of Earth Sciences of which he was Head (1988-98). He comes from the island of Guernsey and became a classical (land-based) geologist at Oxford (MA) and Brown (USA) (PhD) Universities where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He started work at sea on North Sea sand deposits in the Netherlands as a NATO Research Fellow, was a founding member of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, and for 10 years an Adjunct Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (USA) by which time he had descended to muddy deposits of the deep sea. There his work has been on sediment transport and deposition of fine sediments. He has specialised in analysing properties of deep ocean sediments for understanding past behaviour of the ocean circulation/climate system in the Atlantic, southwestern Pacific, Southern and Indian Oceans. Honours include the Shepard Medal for Marine Geology (USA), Huntsman Award for Marine Science (Canada), Lyell Medal (Geological Society, London), a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship, and Fellowship of

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Oliver Buxton

Dr Oliver Buxton (2003)

Oliver Buxton is currently a Reader in Experimental Fluid Mechanics in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London. He graduated with an M.Eng. In Engineering from St. John’s College in 2007 and a Ph.D. in Aeronautics from Imperial College London in 2011. Subsequently, he spent two years as a postdoc at the University of Texas at Austin before returning to Imperial College London in 2013. His research focuses on turbulent flows; he is currently an EPSRC fellow understanding and modelling the turbulent wakes that wind turbines produce in order to develop optimisation strategies for designing future offshore wind farms. He sits on the advisory board for the UK Turbulence Consortium and is a past winner of the Europe-wide ERCOFTAC Leonardo da Vinci award.

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