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We are committed to developing the next generation of independent researchers - we want the Institute's postgraduate and postdoctoral scientists of today to be the leaders of tomorrow.
The Institute is proud to hold the Athena SWAN Gold award and is committed to continually improving our equality and diversity in a fair and supportive environment.
The Institute's staff are largely based on one site in the Biosciences and Life Sciences Buildings on the north of the University’s campus. We also have a small number of staff located at Leahurst, 12 miles south of Liverpool on the Wirral. Co-location of the majority of the Institute’s faculty allows for a well-integrated staff complement, and a supportive, friendly working environment. The Institute actively employs a flexible retirement policy and supports flexible working. Many of the staff take advantage of the range of wider University family friendly initiatives and benefits, and the Institute complements the standard University maternity policy with individualised support.
The Institute offers a detailed induction for all new starters, staff and students alike. We also play a significant role in developing a pipeline of the next generation of world-class researchers, through mentorship and nurturing to support on-going career development. Those staff who were once postgraduate students with us and are now leading researchers in their field are a testament of that.
We prepare our postgraduates for life beyond study, expecting all students to enter employment having made a positive impact during their time in Institute. The Institute has a vibrant postgraduate community and its Postgraduate Society won the 2012 "Excellence in Innovation" award at the University Celebrating Success Awards and the 2015 "Enhancing University Life" award. These awards recognise, celebrate and promote excellence by academic and professional services staff across the University. Since it was established, the IIB Postgraduate Society has worked to develop a highly successful social programme and career development workshops.
We also have an IIB Postdoctoral Society (IIBPS) for postdoctoral staff in the Institute. The IIBPS focuses specifically on personal and professional development for researchers at the postdoctoral level. Initiated by the IIBPS, the Institute recently introduced the Johnston Postdoctoral Development Fund, which enables postdoctoral researchers to apply for funding for career-development such as training programmes, industry placements and pilot projects. The IIBPS also organises social and networking events, all aimed at enhancing the postdoctoral experience at the Institute.