Early Career Researchers

We ensure that new academics, and those making the transition from postdoctoral research, receive the guidance and support they need to establish themselves as independent and confident researchers.

At Lincoln, we have placed ECRs at the centre of our Research Plan, in recognition of the vital contribution they make to enriching the diversity of our research environment and ensuring our continued growth in innovative and cutting-edge research.

The University of Lincoln is committed to the Vitae Concordat regarding the development of academic careers and ensures that there is consistency of approach and support for researchers across our three Colleges. To this end, we provide assistance to College Research Centres and Groups on the establishment of local practices for the support of, and investment in, ECRs. This is underpinned by tailored personal and professional development programmes.

We have launched an ECR forum where dialogue, discussion and debate is evidenced and there is information on funding, bid writing and gaining peer-to-peer mentoring and support.

Dr Oscar Martinez-MozosDr Oscar Martinez-Mozos

Lecturer in the School of Computer Science

“My current studies focus on two lines of research. One explores the theoretical aspects of how robotics can understand the world through processes of detection and recognition; the other explores the use of quality-of-life technologies and artificial intelligence to enhance the lives of those suffering from disabilities.

“After finishing a post-doctoral Fellowship in Japan, I was looking for my next academic venture and contacted the University of Lincoln. At Lincoln, there were academics who were familiar with my research and I was encouraged to accept a role as an Early Career Researcher. The robotics research here is highly innovative and the University itself is incredibly proactive in creating a supportive research environment.”

Dr Louisa ParksDr Louisa Parks

Lecturer in the School of Social & Political Sciences

“My research looks at how, and if, civil society can change European legislation through transnational activism. This is an update of my original doctoral thesis and helps bridge the gap between studies of representation and social movements.

“The University has given me a huge amount of support. I have received funding to carry out further research and had the opportunity to attend international conferences. In particular, my mentor has been a great source of support, giving me guidance on drafting a book proposal and advice on teaching.

“The University of Lincoln invests in promise. It’s somewhere you can breathe and grow.”

Dr Agnes WoolleyDr Agnes Woolley 

Lecturer in the Lincoln School of Humanities

“My main area of interest is in postcolonial literature and culture, specifically in representations of migration and asylum in contemporary fiction and film, and I have a book forthcoming in 2014. After completing my PhD, I was offered the post of Early Career Researcher at the University of Lincoln.

“Since joining the University, I have received much support in my research. The library is a fantastic resource and I feel energised by the atmosphere here. As an Early Career Researcher, I am able to focus on developing my next research project, which explores the exciting intersections between postcolonial and ecocritical studies.”