Post-Doctoral Fellows at Queen’s University

Post-Doctoral Fellows at Queen’s University


Song – Far and wide, I see them searching… Day and night, spend their lives looking for… Just a little bit more. Queen’s is an exciting place to be involved in research. One of the exciting things about the work we do here at Queen’s is the multidisciplinarity and trans-disciplinarity of programs. I think the Queen’s community is a very nice community for a postdoc to
work within because of the fact that the community is relatively small in many areas, but very integrated. That’s one of the real strengths of research here at Queen’s – is that we can speak across boundaries. My research at Queen’s is related to looking at lakes and how lakes change over time. One of the biggest problems we have in environmental work is a lack of long-term
data. So we try to reconstruct how lakes have changed over long time frames: decades centuries and even sometimes thousands of years, and what we’re looking at are the effects of humans versus natural changes. Post-doctoral fellows have always been an integral part of most of our research program and that’s certainly the case in my lab, as
well. For one thing, some post-docs come to our lab to learn some of the methods we’ve developed over time. By the same token many post-docs come from other universities other countries and they bring their own skills so we learn their skills, as well, their approaches. So, it’s really very much a synergistic type of relationship. Why I decided to come to Queen’s was because of the cutting-edge research that’s being
done here. There is an amazing faculty and amazing centre and support for that type of research here at Queen’s and that made it incredibly desirable to be here and be part of that community and working with all these great people. The thing I love most about Kingston is that it’s both a small city and a big city. Kingston is a great university town. There
are a lot of things going on, especially in the
summer a lot of events. The campus is beautiful.
It’s a really reputable university, so I thought
it would be a great place to study. Postdocs in the lab are essentially faculty. So they supervise PhD students, they take
on projects, they initiate projects. On top of that we also provide post-docs the opportunity – if they like – to teach. It’s really open to the person, because, just like with faculty members, freedom is everything. The professor I work with at Queen’s University is a very well established environmental scientist within Canada, and in terms of supporting
my research as a post-doctoral fellow in his lab, in every way possible, really, he is there
as a mentor figure. He has a well-established lab so there are the resources necessary to perform my research – a very strong co-author on everything I’ve written, worked on, thought about and talked about. We’ve had a number of students who are post-docs over many years now and they come to us with great experience and different
ideas from the locations where they did their research in the first place. And so, they are ideally
placed to make a contribution. And the way that they do it is to be involved in the projects we are
already engaged in, as well as in their own projects. The contribution that post-docs make is tremendous and it’s crucial. Song – We opened the sky, pulled down the
moon… we saw through the dark and we found the truth… I found you.

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