EMEUNET Postdoc Mentoring Program


Pursuing a great career as a researcher in rheumatology? Apply now to be mentored by top researchers – EMEUNET Postdoc e-Mentoring Program (deadline May, 17th 2020)

A previous survey from EMEUNET supported the need for career mentoring, mainly focused on career transition, networking and leadership skills. EMEUNET launched the first edition of the EMEUNET Post-Doc Mentoring program in 2018, a pioneer activity in Europe that received a great interest from the whole community. Now we are happy to announce that EMEUNET launches the third edition during the EULAR e-congress 2020 to improve mentoring of early career researchers in rheumatology (post-docs within first 5 years after PhD). The 2020 edition of the program is featuring three top researchers as mentors:

  • Prof. Karen Walker-Bone (University of Southampton, UK): Life-course epidemiology, rheumatoid arthritis, work outcomes
  • Prof. Ariane Herrick (University of Manchester, UK): Systemic sclerosis, epidemiology, clinical trials (clinical mentees only)
  • Prof. Thomas Pap (University of Münster, DE): Osteoarthritis, signalling, immunology, basic science

What is it about?

  • Possibility to be mentored on subjects such as: how to lead a project/ build a network/ evolve into senior researcher/ career advice and development by an external mentor

How is the program structured?

  • Duration: 12 months, starts with a video conferencing meeting organised by EMEUNET during or soon after the EULAR econgress
  • Communication: variable, depending on the mentormentee by F2F meetings during congresses and phone/skype/email contact
  • Mentoring plan will be agreed upon in the beginning between the mentee and mentor with the help of EMEUNET colleagues. A specific form to guide the mentoring will be provided.

How to apply?

  • Fill out the application form attached and send it with your CV, including a list of publications, before May, 17th to mentoring.emeunet@gmail.com>

Application form:
Post Doc Mentoring Program 2020 (Application form).doc


The second edition of the program was launched at EULAR 2019 and boasted five top researcher as mentors: Prof. Francis Guillemin (University of Lorraine, France), Dr Suzanne Verstappen (University of Manchester, UK), Prof. Christophe Richez (University of Bordeaux, France), Prof. Margreet Kloppenburg (University of Leiden, The Netherlands) and Prof. Timothy Radstake (University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands).


The first edition of the program was launched at EULAR 2018 and boasted three top researcher as mentors: Professor Désirée van der Heijde (LUMC, The Netherlands), Professor Rik Lories (KU Leuven, Belgium) and Professor Will Dixon (University of Manchester, UK).

Key information on the EMEUNET Post-Doc Mentoring Program

What is it about?

  • This program offers mentoring from leading experts in the field or Rheumatology. Mentoring covers a number of aspects of the research and career development: how to lead projects, build networks, evolve into a senior researcher and general career advice.

How is the program structured?

  • Duration: 12 months, starts with a face-to-face meeting at EULAR annual meeting

  • Mentoring plan: this is be agreed upon at the beginning between the mentee and mentor with the help of EMEUNET Peer Mentoring subgroup members. This is based on an Individual Development Plan, which collates the expectations and aims of the mentees and identifies areas where the mentor could provide guidance.

  • Communication: variable and flexible, depending on the mentor and mentee. After the face-to-face introduction at EULAR meeting, future communication is commonly via phone/skype/email.

Are you a post-doc researcher in rheumatology and need a mentor to support your academic growth? Take advantage of this unique program and apply for coming editions! Stay tuned to our social media platforms!

A recent survey from EMEUNET supports the need for career mentoring early career researchers in Rheumatology. On this line, the EMEUNET Peer Mentoring subgroup has pioneered a mentoring program aimed to cover this gap: the EMEUNET Post-Doc Mentoring Program.The results of this survey as well as information about the first year of the EMEUNET Post-Doc Mentoring program have now been published in a paper in RMD Open.This paper analyzes the perceived needs for mentoring in early career researchers across Europe, including potential priorities and the desired mentor’s profiles. Moreover, the implementation of a pilot program and an evaluation of its outcomes are described. This program was found to be feasible, useful and well appreciated by all the participants.

Link: https://rmdopen.bmj.com/content/6/1/e001139