Working with an Associate Advisor(s)
IMB requires that all IMB postgraduate candidates have at least one Associate Advisor.
Within the first 3 months of candidature, and in consultation with the Principal Advisor, the candidate MUST identify at least one suitable Associate Advisor, and determine that they are willing to serve in that capacity.
It is very common that Associate Advisors are laboratory active postdoctoral researchers in the same research group, or a closely allied IMB/UQ collaborating research group, and/or a research group expert in a complementary and project critical technology not available in the candidates host laboratory. Such individuals have hands on expertise with instrumentation, methodology and technologies that can be critical to the candidates research, indeed they are very likely responsible for establishing and/or maintaining such capabilities within their research group. These are the gatekeepers to valuable technical know how. By accepting an invitation to be an Associate Advisor these (busy) researchers commit to your research project, and identify with and seek solutions to the challenges that from time to time impede progress. As noted in Working with a Principal Advisor, candidates cannot sit back and expect their Associate Advisor(s) to drop everything when asked - these are highly research active individuals with many demands on their time. Your ability to build a mature and productive relationship with your Associate Advisor(s) (indeed your entire Advisory Team) will be fundamental to the success of your candidature. Engage with your Associate Advisor(s). Be inquisitive, but not overly intrusive. Ask for help, but don't be too demanding. Above all be a quick learner - there is nothing more disheartening to an Associate Advisor than to be asked, repeatedly, to explain the same concept, or technology, to the same person, over and over again. To get maximum benefit, use your Associate Advisor(s) well.