Sharing my experience as an early-stage researcher in the ETUT pre-recruitment event.

On January 27, a pre-recruitment online event of the new project “European training network in collaboration with Ukraine for electrical Transport” (ETUT) took place. Ukraine, the Netherlands, and United Kingdom participating in this project. The ETUT societal objectives are:

    • To provide a bigger career perspective for Ukrainian engineers via collaboration with top western universities, and 

    • To train more electrical engineers, making them available for European society.

The scientific objectives are to develop and integrate advanced methods to model, design, evaluate, measure, and monitor economic, measures for a safe, reliable, efficient, and greener electrical transport system. The whole event was divided into three parts.

The first part included presentations from prof. Frank Leferink (University of Twente) about the project background, prof. Patrik Wheeler (University of Nottingham) about power electronic and prof. Vladimir Havruiliuk (Dnipro University) about electromagnetic compatibility.

The second part of the pre-recruitment event was based on the Q&A about ESR. During these sections, the audience could ask any questions to clarify an ESR position and the main focuses of the project. This section was divided into 3 rooms according to the universities.

And the last part of this event was dedicated to the topic "What means being an ESR", in which I and my colleagues Angel Pena Quintal from ETOPIA, Dasha Nemashkalo, and Karol Niewiadomski from SCENT projects had the opportunity to present the difference between imagination and reality. 

My presentation was based on my own experience as well as on the experience of people who have just started their careers as early-stage researchers. The main part of my presentation was about struggling during the first months. A lot of people who just started PhD in such projects want immediately to start doing some experiments, build their own measurements setup, and so on. But the reality is different. The first couple of months you just doing deep digging in your research field, to clarify the problem, to understand what other people have already done and what else you can improve. 

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The reality of being an ESR.

And because of that, some people have the feeling that they are useless. And they feel not comfortable especially when they look at the PhD students in the second or third year of study. Be sure that literary research is as important as experimentation. Also in my presentation, I tried to describe work and living conditions, main activities such as reports, conferences, summer school, courses, etc. However, we are all humans and love traveling, hanging out with friends, and having fun. And this is also a part of a future career, as new acquaintances can lead to a fruitful cooperation.

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Since this post is getting longer and longer, and I know that long posts are boring, in conclusion, I want to express my gratitude to all participants who organized this event, as well as the audience that is interested in this project. In my opinion, such events help better to reveal the essence of the project for future ESRs, answer all the questions that can arise during the submission of documents, interview, as well as what will happen in the future when you are chosen as an ESR.

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