The Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

EAIT Faculty fosters a culture of connectivity and support for our researchers throughout all stages of their careers.

The EAIT Early to Mid-Career Researchers (EMCR) Community connects and supports early and mid-career academics in the Faculty.

The community is lead by the Executive Committee who provide EMCRs with a platform to network, learn and develop. The committee hosts professional development workshops and networking events, and facilitate collaboration opportunities for the community. They also provide an initial point of contact for the community.

Join the EAIT-EMCR Community

It is free for all EAIT early and mid-career researchers to join the EMCR community. We also welcome non-academic and non-research appointments, such as research assistants and teaching-only academics.

To join the community, email the executive committee at You will be subscribed to the EMCR email list, and will be updated on upcoming events and opportunities.

Executive Committee

Being a member of the executive committee offers a valuable opportunity to extend your skills to financial management, event management and community development. 

Only contracted employees of the Faculty are eligible for nomination. Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by another person. Current members of the executive committee will vote on the election of new members.

To nominate yourself or another researcher, email the executive committee at

  • Dr Anand Veeraragavan

    Dr Anand Veeraragavan

    Senior Lecturer
    School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

  • Dr Luigi Vandi

    Dr Luigi Vandi

    Research Fellow
    School of Chemical Engineering

  • Dr Mahshid Firouzi

    Dr Mahshid Firouzi

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    School of Chemical Engineering

  • Dr Tim Huelsen

    Dr Tim Huelsen

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Advanced Water Management Centre

  • Dr Heather Shewan

    Dr Heather Shewan

    Research Fellow
    School of Chemical Engineering

  • Dr Chih-Ling Jenny Lin

    Dr Chih-Ling Jenny Lin

    Research Fellow
    School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

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Dr Noni Creasey

Dr Noni Creasey

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Chemical Engineering

  • Dr Johanna Carvajal Gonzalez

    Dr Johanna Carvajal Gonzalez

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Representative for School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE)

  • Dr Mingyuan Lu

    Dr Mingyuan Lu

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Representative for School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

  • Dr Alistair Grinham

    Dr Alistair Grinham

    Senior Research Fellow
    Representative for School of Civil Engineering

  • Dr Tuan Nguyen

    Dr Tuan Nguyen

    Research Fellow
    Representative for School of Chemical Engineering

Coming up

EMCR Symposium 2018

When: 1:00pm - 6:00pm, Friday 20 July
Where: Room 360, Physiology Lecture Theatres (63)

We are inviting the Early to Mid-Career researchers of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology to share your knowledge and skills, connect with others, and boost your research potential via 3MT-style presentations.

Past events

Adopting a Balanced Approach to Leadership

When: 10:30am - 12pm, Thursday 16 November
Where: Room T203, Hawken Engineering Building (50)

Kristyn Haywood, Director of People for Success, joins us to provide an inspiring workshop, where you will learn a balanced approach to leadership. This workshop will put you ahead as a top, innovative research leader

EAIT Researchers Social & Networking Event

When: 3:30pm - 5:30pm August 18 2017
Where: Room 313A, Advanced Engineering Building (49)

Do you wonder about the research going on around you? Who is in the office next door, and what cool facilities are downstairs? The best way to find out is, of course, to have a conversation! The EAIT Early and Mid-Career Researchers (EMCRs) Committee decided we would like to get to know more of you so join us for a drink and meet some of the EMCRs from around the faculty.

Executive Dean Professor Simon Biggs will give a short presentation about EAIT and how EMCRs fit in, followed by a quick introduction of the newly formed EAIT EMCR Committee by Co-Chair Dr Luigi Vandi. Then, it’s up to us to enjoy the food, drinks, and social/networking activities!

EMCRs are invited from across EAIT, including:

  • Advanced Water Management Centre
  • Centre for Coal Seam Gas
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • School of Civil Engineering
  • School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
  • School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

As this is a social event, feel free to invite a friend.

Building Bridges: Engaging Industry in Research Projects

When: 2pm - 4pm June 8 2017
Where: Room T203, Hawken Engineering Building (50)


  • Bronwyn Laycock, DOW Centre
  • Andrew Garnett, Centre for Coal Seam Gas
  • David K. Martin, AusIndustry – Innovation Connections
  • Ashok Mishra, ConocoPhillips
  • Michael Heitzmann, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

A panel of successful academics with strong links to industry as well as industry representation came together to discuss examples regarding how they got started, what worked well, what aspects could have been improved, and their achievements. The panel discussion concluded by an interactive Q&A session.

Time Management Workshop

When: January 24th 2017, 14:00-15:30 in the level 5 seminar room of the Advanced Engineering Building.

Where: Seminar Room, Level 5, Advanced Engineering Building (49)

The EMCR Committee, in collaboration with the UQ Organisation Development Unit, presents the first seminar for 2017: “Time Management Workshop.”

The Organisational Development Unit along with interns from the Master of Organisational Psychology program have designed a fun and interactive session on time management for Early Career Researchers (ECRs). At the session you will learn practical, evidence based strategies to manage your time effectively. The key objectives of the session are:

  • Support you to effectively manage your time as an ECR.
  • Provide proven and effective evidence based time management models and theories as they relate to your role as an ECR.
  • Provide practical strategies, tips and techniques to effectively manage your time.
  • Provide opportunities to engage and participate in a range of fun, relevant and interesting learning activities.

How to translate your ideas into a grant proposal

When: 2:00pm - 3:30pm September 29 2016
Where: AIBN Seminar Room

The School of Chemical Engineering would like to invite you to a session entitled "How to translate your ideas into a grant proposal". Come and hear from experienced and knowledgeable researchers about their tips and the lessons they learnt over the years on how to make your ideas attractive and competitive for a grant. There will also be a Q&A session where you can ask your questions to the panellists.

To continue the discussion, the event will be followed by an afternoon tea in the AIBN courtyard.

Funding opportunities

Research and careers

Interesting articles:
  • Building your Track Record

    A blog post from The Research Whisperer featuring Deb Brian of the Office of Sponsored Research at UQ. She provided some excellent advice for EMCRs.

    6 February 2018

    Read the article

  • Many junior scientists need to take a hard look at their job prospects

    An editorial in Nature suggests that PhD students are not aware enough of the many career pathways available outside academia. As supervisors, we EMCRs are positioned to educate ourselves and pass on this knowledge. A good place to start is the UQ Graduate School.

    25 October 2017

    Read the article

  • Young researchers thrive in life after academia

    Alternative career paths should be celebrated, not seen as a compromise.

    27 September 2016

    Nature 537

    Read the article

  • How Australia fails mid-career scientists:

    When the global financial crisis hit, forcing microbiologist Catherine Osborne to return from scientific work in the United States, she found that getting a job in the Australian research industry isn't the hard part—staying in one is.

    12 July 2016

    Catherine Osborne

    Read the article

  • The future of the postdoc

    There is a growing number of postdocs and few places in academia for them to go. But change could be on the way.

    07 April 2015

    Kendall Powell

    Read the article

Nominations for Fresh Science Competition now open

09 August 2017

Do you know any early-career researchers who have peer-reviewed results, a discovery, or an invention that has received little or no media attention? Please nominate them for Fresh Science, a national competition that helps early-career researchers find, and then share, their stories of discovery. Scientists get a day of media training and the chance to share their work with the media, general public and school students.

Fresh Science is looking for:

  • early-career researchers (from honours students to no more than five years post-PhD)
  • a peer-reviewed discovery that has had little or no media coverage
  • some ability to present ideas in everyday English.

Fresh Science 2017 will run in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria and NSW.

Nominations close midnight on Thursday 31 August.

Get in touch

To contact the EMCR committee, email

Am I an early to mid-career researcher?

'Early to mid-career researchers' (EMCR) typically refers to researchers who have completed a significant portion of their PhD (i.e. post third-year milestone) up until 15 - 20 years after the award of a doctoral or other research postgraduate qualification.

If you're still not sure if you are a EMCR, please get in touch with us by emailing