Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS)
The University of Adelaide has partnered with IMNIS to offer 20 PhDs the chance to receive one year of mentoring from an industry leader in the areas of MedTech-Pharma and Energy Resources.
What is IMNIS?
The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) is a prestigious, award-winning initiative of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). IMNIS connects motivated PhD students with outstanding industry leaders in a one year mentoring program. Officially launched in 2015, IMNIS has successfully piloted in multiple universities in three states and was recognised in 2016 with a prestigious B/HERT Best Higher Education and Training Collaboration Award.
Mentors (industry leaders) and mentees (PhD students) meet face-to-face for 1 hour each month. Guidelines are provided to both mentors and the mentees, and five state-level networking events are hosted by IMNIS to allow mentors and mentees to network and connect more broadly.
IMNIS is not a job placement program. IMNIS is an opportunity to increase your understanding of industry, extend your professional skills and expand your network!
IMNIS is a 12 month program of mentoring, networking, education and training. IMNIS provides mentees real-world experience, pragmatic advice and a broad professional network that enhances their capacity to engage with industry and understand commercialisation and regulatory processes related to innovating their research. Importantly, IMNIS also extends the mentees’ professional network in different parts of the STEM sector across their State, and educates mentees about the career opportunities beyond academia.
Mentees are matched with an industry leader who will be their individual mentor for the year. Each month, there will be a 1 hour mentor-mentee meeting to review mentee progress, career aspirations, challenges, skills development, answer questions, and to share knowledge and experiences. Mentors may offer guidance, but ultimately it is the mentee’s decision whether to act on that advice. This is an outstanding opportunity to have access to a mentor who has “been there, done that” with years of experience and expertise in industry. Mentors are volunteering their time, so make the most of it!
In addition to the individual mentoring, IMNIS hosts five (5) events/activities to facilitate industry-based education, training and State-level networking during the year.
Participation is available in the following two IMNIS programs and 10 students will be selected for each:
- MedTech-Pharma Program
- Energy Resources Program
Students in relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply and should select the program, either MedTech-Pharma or Energy Resources, that is more closely aligned to their research interests.
The candidate must be:
- enrolled as a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, or Faculty of Sciences
- in the 2nd year of their PhD
- able to commit the necessary time to meet your mentor (1 hour per month for 12 months) and attend IMNIS events as a participant in this program
Materials to be submitted:
- Mentee Application Form (attached)
- Curriculum vitae
- Letter of support
Deadline – COB Monday 10 July 2017
Completed applications including supporting documentation must be submitted electronically (preferably in PDF format) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A diverse range of the most suitable candidates will be short-listed for enrolment. Successful students will be notified via email and invited to enrol in the IMNIS program.
Notification of outcome – 21 July 2017