CaRST Team

Monica Kerr

Director of CaRST

Dr Monica Kerr

Dr Monica Kerr is the inaugural Director of Researcher Development and Director of Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST). In these roles, Monica is responsible for the strategy, coordination, and framework for delivery of a range of career and professional development programs for all researchers at all career stages across the University. Monica is a scientist by training with more than a decade of experience working in the area of upskilling PhDs and researchers to improve employability and career outcomes.

Monica has held a senior management position at one of the oldest scientific organisations in the US, the New York Academy of Sciences, where she directed an international career and professional development program for young scientists. More recently, Monica worked at the CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing, where she established their flagship entrepreneurial PhD program, and at UniSA Ventures, where she managed the launch of Venture Catalyst, a government-backed seed fund for student-led startups. Monica regularly presents to universities and organisations on career planning for PhDs and has also delivered specialised courses on entrepreneurship, technology commercialisation, and leadership.

Monica obtained a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from Harvard Medical School, where she also worked as an Instructor and Curriculum Fellow and was the recipient of two teaching awards. She has undergone training at the Harvard Macy Institute on educational leadership and innovation and is a certified MBTI® practitioner from the American Management Association.

Monica is enthusiastic about developing and implementing programs that help researchers realise their potential and maximise their chances of career success and satisfaction.

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CaRST Officer

Dr Erin Smith

Dr Erin Smith is the Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) officer. Having worked in research in industry and academia, Erin understands the importance of gaining skills outside of the general HDR program. Erin has a PhD in medicinal chemistry from Curtin University, and has worked as a researcher for Epichem, Bayer, Bionomics and more recently, the University of Adelaide. Erin is passionate about helping students gain the skills they need to excel in the real world.

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