Early-career Members Network

Announcement of Opportunity:
Applications sought for six early-career scientists to expand the EMN

Deadline: 15th August 2018

We are inviting six early career researchers to join the Early-career Members Network (EMN) committee of the Metabolomics Society. The mission of the EMN is to recognize the value and importance of our early-career members, to ensure that their views are heard and acted upon, ultimately improving their experience in metabolomics science and our community. We are looking for creative thinkers to address challenges, such as, how do we aid early-career scientists to enter and engage with our scientific community? What mechanisms can we construct to allow student contributions (talks and posters) to be openly discussed in a safe environment, where senior scientists can teach and advise, and where no question is too basic? What activities and benefits can we develop to encourage students and postdocs to want to join (and remain members of) the Metabolomics Society even in years when they do not attend the annual conference? What training courses are required? How else can the Society serve its early-career members?

Existing members of the EMN committee
Charmion Cruickshank-Quinn (Agilent Technologies, USA) , Tim Causon (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU Vienna), Austria), Romanas Chaleckis (Kyoto University, Graduate school of Biostudies, Japan), Dara Daygon (University of Queensland St Lucia, Australia), Johannes Francois Fahrmann (University of Texas MD Anderson, USA), Ricardo Heredia (University College London, UK), Christina Jones (National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA), Julia Kuligowski (IIS La Fe, Spain), Zhanlong Mei (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), Isabel Orf (Bactevo Pharmaceutical Company, UK), Umaporn Uawisetwathana (National Center for Genetic Engineering, Thailand), Candice Ulmer (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA).

We welcome applications from students conducting higher degrees (Masters, PhDs) in a metabolomics discipline, or from those within 5 years of their PhD who are actively engaged in metabolomics science. As an international society we encourage applications from all continents. Successful applicants must be members of the Metabolomics Society (or immediately become members upon joining).

Time commitment
There is much exciting work to be done and much to achieve! Therefore, we anticipate a contribution of up to two hours per week (on average). When the Early-career Members Network organizes sessions at conferences or other events, time commitments will increase accordingly. Note also that the existing members of the EMN committee members span many time zones, so some conference calls may occur early or late in the day. No dedicated travel will be required for the EMN committee discussions. The appointment to the EMN committee is for one year initially, and may be extended up to three years. It is your responsibility to discuss this commitment with your supervisor(s) prior to applying.

Application procedure
Please send the following, in one .pdf document to the EMN committee at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

  1. One-page resume with relevant experience in developing and leading networking activities (e.g., student rep for other societies) plus your research experience in metabolomics (e.g., presentations, publications, etc.)
  2. Up to 300 words on why you fit the role and up to an additional 300 words (one page in total) on what ideas you are passionate about developing as part of the Early-career Members Network.
  3. Your membership number.

Applications will be reviewed by members of the Metabolomics Society and the existing EMN committee members and successful candidates will be informed in September 2018.

Please feel free to contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any suggestions or comments regarding our planned activities this year (i.e., online webinars and workshops). If you think you have a great idea for a new activity we should organize then please do share with us; the EMN can only be a success with your support and ideas!


The network aims to provide a forum for metabolomics researchers at the start of their professional career and serve the early-career members of the Metabolomics Society. Aspirations include, but are not limited to: strengthen communication and collaboration, encourage opportunities and invention, support developmental learning and enjoy professional growth.


Establish a real sense of community and engagement between early-career researchers globally through leading initiative and enthused apparition.


Any early-career scientists, throughout the world, who are either currently conducting higher degrees (MSc, PhD etc.) or are within 5 years of completing such endeavours, and actively engaged in the field of metabolomics.

Some of the EMN programs:

EMN Webinar series: The EMN committee organizes monthly (live streamed) webinar sessions on metabolomics related topics, covering (i) back to basics, (ii) informal training, (iii) debating sessions and (iv) ad hoc session categories. Please find some of the EMN webinar series sessions online archived here.

EMN Travel Bursary Program: this outreach program is to provide support to early-career member scientists (including graduate students and post-docs) to attend national and international events, including the annual conference of the Metabolomics Society, related to the metabolomics field. This bursary program is aimed at the growing population of early-career scientists and encourages active participation in events that will promote the Metabolomics Society to a wider audience. Early-career scientists are invited to apply for a bursary ($500) towards the cost of travel and conference/event fees to national or international meetings related to metabolomics. The first competition will be held in late 2017. Watch this space for more information.

EMN Facebook page: The EMN Committee Facebook account is a flexible social platform to engage and communicate within the larger community of early career scientists (members and non-members of the Metabolomics Society). At this social platform you will find out who the EMN Committee members are, the EMN activities and programs, learn about the resources that the Metabolomics Society offers, network with early career scientists around the world, and learn about the new and exciting metabolomics research, tools and Society Forum. Please find and like the EMN Facebook page here.

Committee Members

The EMN is dedicated to, and run by early-career scientists who are members of the Metabolomics Society and are from either academia, government or industry.

Contact us

Please contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any suggestions or ideas on how we can better serve the early-career members of the Metabolomics Society.