Our mission is to facilitate, encourage, and contribute to the development of all CLEX researchers undertaking postgraduate study or who are five years post-PhD.

How does the ECR committee support ECRs members?

The ECR committee provides formal and informal communication channels between ECR members and the CLEX executive committee.

Support provided includes:

  • Passing comments, concerns, suggestions, and feedback from the ECR members to the CLEX executive committee;
  • Career development advice;
  • Information to ECR members about:
    • how CLEX operates,
    • upcoming events,
    • available funding,
    • work arrangement options, and
    • news from the CLEX executive committee;
  • Facilitating opportunities for networking and socialising during events at each CLEX node and at larger meetings and workshops (notably AMOS and the CLEX annual workshop);
  • Facilitating communication between ECR members and social media;
  • Facilitating communication between ECR members and CLEX executive committee to fund potential ECR development projects.
  • Organising and promoting seminars and workshops focusing on topics important to ECR, such as career development (including alternative career pathways), mentoring, funding opportunities, grant and journal writing, media training, communication skills, time management, peer reviewing;
  • Informing and encouraging ECR members to attend well-being programs (yoga, pilates, mental health support) at each node.

The ECR committee welcomes suggestions and feedback to improve the development of CLEX ECR.

ECR committee composition:

The ECR committee is composed of one student and one postdoc representative from each of the five CLEX nodes (UNSW, ANU, Monash, Unimelb, and UTAS) . These 10 representatives have a standard tenure of 18 months, but may stay longer if they wish and if the committee agrees. Additionally, the ECR committee elects two representatives as a chair and co-chair on a 6 months basis.

Benefits for the ECR committee:

The ECR committee members can represent fellow ECRs on any issues. Committee members also get leadership experience and insight into how CLEX operates.

ECR committee responsibilities:
  • The ECR Committee meets via videoconference approximately every two weeks
  • The ECR committee chair attends CLEX monthly chief investigator (CI)
  • Members are expected to be actively involved in issues brought to the committee’s attention and in projects assigned or adopted by the committee.