Dr Maria Shaw
Researcher Development Adviser
I joined the Researcher Development team within the Centre for Academic Development in 2016. My role is to design and deliver personal and professional development courses for postgraduate researchers (PhD students and postdoctoral fellows) and academic staff.
I have a background in Social Anthropology and have lived, studied or worked in research institutions in Russia, Germany and the UK. I completed my PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen and have worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany and in Aberdeen in the Department of Social Anthropology. In my academic capacity, I am also known as Maria Nakhshina, which is my maiden name.
I have also worked as a project manager for a large-scale European Union Framework 7 project ARCTIC DOMUS (http://www.arcticdomus.org/).
I have always aspired to have a more applied approach to my career and am using my anthropology background to pursue a people-oriented approach in my current role as a Researcher Development Adviser. I plan to conduct ongoing multifaceted research into current trends in the higher education sector, professional development, job market and researchers’ needs and aspirations in order to support researchers’ career progression in any employment sector.
Our team is open to any suggestions about professional development courses that researchers at the University of Aberdeen would like us to deliver. Feel free to get in touch!