Early Career Researchers

About Early Career Researchers at the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health

Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are scientists with less than 10 years' experience post-PhD. At the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS), ECRs enjoy a focused support network. We recognise that ECRs are pivotal to our research capacity; bringing expertise, enthusiasm and professionalism to our school.

The ECR community at SCS includes scientists and clinician-scientists in research and dual research/teaching positions. We have ECRs across our departments supervising Honours and PhD students, applying for funding and undertaking ground-breaking medical research projects.

We offer mentoring programs, professional development and social events to help keep ECRs on-track as they progress in their research and teaching career.

ECR mentoring program

We provide an annual mentoring program to ECRs, pairing mentees with an appropriate senior academic for confidential advice and career planning. Throughout the year the mentee will organise several meetings with their mentor to discuss key issues and challenges. We additionally organise peer-support meetings for mentees.  Read more about the program here.

SCS ECR mentoring program - testimonials.

2020 mentoring program

Applications for 2020-21 ECR Mentorship Program are now open. To apply, please complete the application form. We will try to assign you a mentor within two weeks of receiving your mentor request.  For enquiries, please contact our mentoring program representatives:

ECR Coordinator

ECR support team

Committee members

  • Michelle Van Sinderen, Shanti Gurung (Centre for Reproductive Health)
  • Daniel Garama, Sylvia Mahara (Centre for Cancer Research)
  • Saleela Ruwanpura (Centre for Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases)
  • Courtney McDonald, Stacey Ellery (The Ritchie Centre)
  • Ayse Zengin (Department of Medicine)
  • Shu Wen Wen (Centre for Inflammatory Diseases)
  • Xin Du (Department of Psychiatry)
  • Aimee Dordevic, Kay Nguo (Department of Nutrition, dietetics and Food)
  • Aya Mousa (SPHPM: Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (MCHRI))

PhD Student reps

  • Michelle Chonwerawong (Hudson Institute of Medical Research)
  • Benjamin Nowotny (SCS)


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