I am a postdoc right now. I am not yet at the stage of applying to any permanent positions, but I am planning ahead. My aim would be to apply for early career fellowships within the next 2-3 years, or permanent academic positions a little after that. My current plan is to apply in the UK, though I am working in continental Europe at the moment. However, I am also open to taking another postdoc in North America, and I am also considering the possibility of applying to positions in Asia or elsewhere if UK does not work out.
I am aware that the things that would be most important would be my research topic and output. Some teaching experience (not so important for fellowships perhaps), and some "service to the community and professional development".
For the final point, I am wondering how useful it would be to try to achieve accreditations from professional bodies such as:
Royal Society of Chemistry: Chartered Chemist (CChem) http://www.rsc.org/careers/cpd/practising-scientists/#cchem-tab
Institute of Physics: Chartered Physicist (CPhys) http://www.iop.org/membership/char-sta/chartership/cphys/page_51812.html
Royal Society of Biology: Chartered Biology (CBiol)
and there are CStat, CMath, CSci etc. I am only eligible for the CChem.
Obviously, getting Chartered status in the natural sciences is not as important as it is for engineers. I have seen academics with all the Chartered qualifications they can get, and I have also seen (fairly senior) academics without any Chartered statuses. I can see that it is a "nice to have". My question is, how much would it improve my chances of getting a fellowship or a permanent position? Or, how many hours should it be worth to me in an average working week?