APF Executive 2016-2017

President 

Tetyana (Tanya) Krupiy (from Jan 2017)

Postdoc profile Tetyana Krupiy

Currently, postdoctoral fellows do not enjoy a full range of career development opportunities. If elected, I will urge the university to conduct a survey to identify what additional training and career-related development opportunities postdoctoral fellows would like to access. I will then campaign to allocate resources in order to fill in the identified gaps. I would also like to bring to attention some of the issues some postdoctoral fellows have with their supervisors in terms of protection of their rights (e.g. mandating working on the weekends and not taking holidays). Having served on the Association of Postdoctoral Fellows last year, I have experience working as part of a team in order to improve our situation.

Natalia Jaworska (Aug 2016-Jan 2017)

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Postdocs are constantly surrounded by messages proclaiming that there are no jobs for us in academia or that we are over-qualified for jobs outside the ivory tower (or lack certain ‘soft skills’). This doom and gloom narrative has prompted me to seek out training initiatives for McGill’s postdocs within the university, and foster networking opportunities with entities outside the strictly academic context. Postdocs are an industrious, high-skilled group of individuals; fostering a community amongst ourselves – one that is supportive, compassionate and fun – is one of my central aspirations for McGill’s postdocs. My second objective is to continue strengthening communication with McGill and key community players central for furthering our training and opening doors to future career opportunities.

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Chair – Tetyana (Tanya) Krupiy (Aug 2016-Jan 2017)

Postdoc profile Tetyana Krupiy

Currently, postdoctoral fellows do not enjoy a full range of career development opportunities. If elected, I will urge the university to conduct a survey to identify what additional training and career-related development opportunities postdoctoral fellows would like to access. I will then campaign to allocate resources in order to fill in the identified gaps. I would also like to bring to attention some of the issues some postdoctoral fellows have with their supervisors in terms of protection of their rights (e.g. mandating working on the weekends and not taking holidays). Having served on the Association of Postdoctoral Fellows last year, I have experience working as part of a team in order to improve our situation.

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Tomer2_croppedVP Finance
 – Tomer Noyhouzer

I initially joined the Association of Post-Doctoral Fellows (APF) Executive in 2015 since I believe that postdocs should be more active and try to influence the decisions that will have an impact on their work place, and their future. In 2016, I served as the representative of the APF at the McGill Senate trying to promote the active involvement of McGill’s postdocs, and increase their teaching opportunities at McGill. Teaching is a subject that is close to my heart and I am currently working closely as a member of the APF on a McGill pilot to incorporate more postdocs as teaching assistants and lectures at McGill.

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VP Academic – Katarzyna (Kasia) Pietrajtis 

IMG_3484 copieBeing a post-doc can be very challenging. Not only because you have to work hard on your research, but because you’re in a grey zone – not a student, not yet a researcher. If you add in being a post-doc from another country – life can be hard. APF to the rescue!

I joined the APF to help others and myself; to become more aware of the possibilities offered to post-docs – McGill offers plenty! As part of the APF, I am committed to improving communication among post-docs and between post-docs and the university, to providing more information on which resources are available, and how to improve your academic experience/personal development and have fun doing so!

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VP Social 

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(from Jan 2017)

 

Visou Ady (Aug 2016-Jan 2017)

Postdoctoral Fellows may certainly come from different backgrounds, but we share the ambiguity of a status that opens us to unique challenges (and opportunities).

The collegial actions of the APF aim to strengthen the sense of community for postdoctoral fellows at of McGill University. We want to provide postdocs with an environment that allows members to interact and share their experiences with peers, and improve both social and professional aspects.

Our social events facilitate informal communication within our community, but also with external academic and non-academic actors. I want to convince more postdocs to attend these event and encourage new forms of communications to expose members to multiple facets of the postdoctoral experience.

 

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VP Communications – Beaugrand Maïwenn

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The Association of Postdoctoral Fellows (APF) is a great opportunity to trull be part of McGill university community, and to connect with other postdocs (not only form your floor, your department, your building or your field).

Being a member of the Association of Post-Doctoral Fellows (APF) help to better understand how it works, especially when you are Either Not Really Student or Not Really Employee. By sharing the information/events pertinent for the post-docs on this website and on social media, I hope more post-doc will have access to what they need to facilitate their integration within the McGill community as well as benefit from the activities we are organizing for them with career and social events.

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Executive Members

laura_picLaura Mcbreairty

One of the distinctive aspects of being a postdoc is the transitory nature of many postdoc positions. Seeking out future opportunities in academia can be stressful when met with limited job openings. I think it is important for postdocs to have access to tailored resources such as workshops and networking events, to better prepare postdocs for both academic and non-academic career paths. Every postdoc brings a unique experience and I think it is beneficial to all postdocs to have opportunities, whether at a workshop or social event, to discuss experiences, achievements and challenges.


wagner_angelia_photoAngelia Wagner

The Association of Postdoctoral Fellows affords its members an opportunity to develop their academic, professional, and social networks during their stay at McGill University. As an executive member with no portfolio, my main task is to assist the association in helping postdocs make the most of the opportunities available to them on campus and in Montreal. I am especially keen to advocate on behalf of postdocs within the university community, working with other APF executives to work toward the resolution of issues of particular concern to postdocs. I also intend to be involved in the association’s efforts to promote professional development and networking events for postdocs interested in pursuing non-academic careers. My goal is to ensure a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill is an opportunity to pursue one’s academic interests and professional potential.