Junior scientists (oio's)
Because of its specific nature, NWO-I calls a performance and appraisal interview with an oio the 'planning and evaluation interview'. This is held annually. The focus of this interview is evaluating results achieved thus far and planning activities for the year to come. This goal oriented procedure should ensure that oio's have completed their thesis by the end of their four-year appointment at NWO-I. Any delays may be identified in an early stage so every effort can be made to eliminate them. If a request to extend an oio's contract is done, the reports from planning and evaluation interviews will be taken into consideration by the personnel department when making a decision on the extension.
In the planning and evaluation interview after the third year the oio's future career after the end of his appointment at NWO-I is explicitly discussed. The supervisor/teamleader states whether he or she expects the student to succeed in an academic career. Are specific actions required, on the part of either the oio or the supervisor/teamleader, to improve the chances of obtaining a job once employment by NWO-I ends? These could include taking the NWO-I's career-development courses for oio's (see also Special courses for trainee researchers).
Postgraduate researchers (postdocs)
A performance and appraisal interview is held at least once during a postgraduate researcher's appointment, half-way through it. This covers two main areas.
- Whether the researcher's efforts thus far have produced satisfactory results. Clear agreements are made about the specific results expected during the remainder of the appointment. These agreements are usually about research emphases, publications, supervision and the transfer of knowledge.
- The researcher's future career once employment by NWO-I has ended. In particular, a judgement is given on whether the researcher is likely to be able to pursue an academic career successfully in the future. Are specific actions required, on the part of either the researcher or the supervisor/teamleader, to improve the chances of obtaining a job once employment by NWO-I ends?
If a postgraduate researcher is employed for more than three years, including any extension, at least two interviews should be held during this period. Preferably, these should take place at regular intervals.
Forms and advice
The forms for the interviews can be downloaded from this site. You can obtain advice and further details on the topics covered during the interviews from the personnel officer in your institute or from P&O NWO-I (if you work at one of the universities).