Postdoctoral Research Staff - Careers Support

Career development workshops

There are a range of PhD focused career development workshops, which run in semester two.  Post-Doctoral Research staff are encouraged to attend if relevant:

  • Careers outside of academia
  • Planning your academic career
  • CVs non- academic/academic
  • Networking and raising your online profile
  • Successful interviews
  • Taking your PhD outside of academia – arts and humanities

Book via the Graduate School, Researcher Development Programme link here

 Professional development

The University has subscribed to the Vitae Research Development Planner, which has an online course to cover all stages in the professional development planning (PDP) process.

PDP is a key component of career progression and this course has been designed and developed using resources specifically for researchers who want to make the most of their opportunities, and create new ones!

You can access the online PDP course for researchers through Vitae or contact Ian Archer for more information.

 One to one postgraduate and post-doctoral research staff career consultations

Career consultations for postgraduate students and post-doctoral research staff run every Tuesday morning (term time and during the summer) in the Postgraduate Centre, Graduate School.

These are self-bookable here:


This toolkit is aimed at post-doctoral researchers who have gained one to two years’ experience in academic research. You may be at a point at which you are considering your overall career progress and development in academia or be contemplating a career change. This toolkit offers some general starting points for those wanting to reflect on their career to date and to begin to formulate an ongoing career strategy.

How do you know when it’s really time for a change or whether you are just going through a sticky patch? This interactive Toolkit contains activities & advice to help you explore career options & make it happen!

The market for jobs in both academia and other sectors is competitive, and you therefore need to plan ahead, be strategic in your job search and look at ways to stand out from the crowd. This eBook will help you understand how to interpret a job advert, tailor your application, covering letter and CV and succeed at a panel interview.

Useful links

EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion is a unique European initiative. It provides access to information and support services for researchers wishing to pursue their research careers in Europe or stay connected to it
Search academic jobs in the UK and internationally alongside jobs within the professional/ managerial and support services in higher education.

US biased but with opportunities globally. Easy to search

Nature Jobs
The world’s largest dedicated science jobs board. Advertising international science jobs

New Scientist
New Scientist Jobs brings you all the latest science, technology and engineering jobs from across the UK and Europe

Research Jobs – Research Gate – International research jobs

THE Uni Jobs – Arts and humanities

Find-a-Post-Doc - is a specialist job board for opportunities in the UK and globally.