Swinburne University

Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and Indicators for Future Success


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The quest for global talents in research has intensified in the recent decade and has indeed amplified through the pandemic. With the easing of restrictions and the opening of borders, research institutions and universities are actively recruiting top research talents, in particularly the early career researchers (ECR). Assessment of researchers has been under increasing scrutiny partly due to limited resources and competition. Current research assessments focus on productivity and the increase in pressures on young researchers who do not have the numbers or extensive track record. Higher-education institutions increasingly engage in international competition with each other for research staff.

This talk presented the analysis of ECR’s in various research areas and identifies key observations on the trends and orientations. Success in academia depends on a trio of inter-related factors: institutional support, prior experience, and the personal characteristics of the researchers themselves. Through bibliometrics analysis, this talk will share insights into the outputs of top ECR’s in several fields including surface engineering, materials science, and computer science. It is found that those who possess strong outputs and robust citations counts are those who select leading topics in the field. There is also the ability to go from one rewarding topic to another equally or more worthwhile topic. Another observation is the ability to form extensive collaboration networks, often among those who are the leading researchers in a particular field. Finally, the personal characteristics of the researchers play a crucial role in sustaining enduring collaborations and building upon past work together towards other prominent areas.

This hybrid seminar was presented by K.A. Khor, Talent Recruitment and Career Support (TRACS) & Bibliometrics Analysis from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Event contact details seam@swinburne.edu.au 


K.A. Khor (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)


26 September 2022

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