About Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network

The Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network provides ECRs at La Trobe with the opportunity to connect across Colleges and campuses. A benefit of being a member of the Network is the opportunity to meet academics who work at La Trobe but whom you would not normally encounter, perhaps because they work in a different part of campus or a different College. If you work in history for example, you might not typically meet a researcher from biomedical science or speech pathology.

Despite hailing from different research backgrounds, ECRs share a lot of common interests – including the need to source research funding, juggling research and teaching responsibilities, and taking on increasing professional and service roles. Academia is a contact sport and it is vital that ECRs build wide networks both within La Trobe and beyond. A new contact could eventually lead to a new collaboration, project or a joint funding application.

In recognition of this need as well as the difficulties in initiating contact with other academics, the ECR committee has launched a series of events to build a network of ECRs within La Trobe. Throughout the year, the Network will host events and activities to offer opportunities to ECRs to meet on a regular basis, share knowledge, talk about their work with a non-expert audience, learn from each other, and develop greater understanding of the career of an academic.

What is ECR?

The early career research period refers to the 5-7 years post-PhD, as well as HDR candidates. This excludes career interruptions such as non-research employment, part-time status and personal leave (including looking after children). At La Trobe, ECRs include all researchers up to, and including, Level B.