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Name: Ugur Umit Ungor

What research discipline did you complete your postdoc in?
History

Number of years as a postdoc in UCD?
I spent one year as a postdoc in UCD.

When did you complete your postdoc in UCD? 2010

Did you have any postdoc experience outside of UCD? If so, where and for how long?
I had no postdoc experience prior to joining UCD.

What are you doing now?
I am a lecturer in Utrecht University, as well as the Institute for War and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam.

What impact has your doctorate and postdoc had on what you are doing now?
The research I conducted, completed and published (see www.ungor.nl) at UCD significantly increased my chances of getting a tenured academic position.

What was the route between your postdoc and what you are doing now?
I developed new interests at UCD that I am now applying in my teaching and further research.

Since you completed your time as a post-doctoral researcher in UCD how have you drawn on your experience from this time?
UCD offered me a good environment for research, and general professional experience.

When you reflect on your time as a post-doctoral researcher in UCD, what stands out in terms of its contribution to your subsequent career development?
Some of the norms and principles I learnt there I apply now at Utrecht, e.g. collaboration with colleagues from other disciplines.

During your time as a post-doctoral researcher in UCD what skills would you say you learnt or developed?
The academic craft, really: I learnt better how to publish and how to approach publishers, how to think comparatively about a theme.

During my postdoc I identified and discussed issues of research ethics, something that I am now responsible at the Institute. In addition, as a postdoc I often found myself motivating colleagues regarding their research, a skill which I find helpful now with MA students.

What advice would you give to post-doctoral researchers considering a similar career path to your own?

The best way to learn in the academic business is to have discussions with colleagues who are your senior, so engage with them as much as possible.

If you could offer one piece of advice to current post-doctoral researchers what would it be?
Enjoy your research time and use it wisely, once you start teaching you won’t have much research time left!

 Ugur Umit