Useful links

At Imperial

UK support for researchers

  • “Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers” – Key principles for supporting and managing research staff, agreed on and committed to by UK higher education institutions.
  • Nature, October 2016 - This edition of Nature is a special issue on young scientists that focuses on the problems that postdocs and early career academics are currently facing and how to solve them.
  • The Royal Society publishes reports on a range of topics of interest to researchers, including funding, governance and careers.
  • Universities and College Union – The UCU website provides a number of downloadable guides on topics such as finding funding, careers and social media and links to campaigns, support and publications.
  • Vitae – A UK organisation for researchers and those employing and supporting researchers. The Vitae website contains advice on career planning and job searching with CV samples and career stories, as well as access to the Research Development Framework (RDF) – a framework of skills designed to help researchers identify the professional skills they have, and need to cultivate. Vitae also offer training opportunities and an annual free research staff conference.

Job search

  • Academic Jobs EU – Useful for searching for academic and research jobs in the EU. You can search by country, category or key word and register for email updates. Once registered, you can also use a salary check search function.
  • AcademicKeys -  US based academic search site which is broken down into 17 discipline-focused areas. It offer comprehensive information about faculty, educational resources, research interests, and professional activities relevant to higher education institutes. 
  • Academic Positions – Career network for academic and research jobs in Northern and Central Europe. You can sign up for a daily job alerts and search for jobs by region and/or role. 
  • Chronicle of Higher Education – US Higher Education job listings. Search by keyword, position or location. There is a related website with HE news and useful advice: see ‘Careers Websites’ for link.
  • Euraxess – Search for research jobs in Europe and upload your CV. There are also links to fellowships and grants and, elsewhere on the website, support for researchers relocating to or within Europe.
  • Find a Postdoc - European website for postdoctoral jobs with links to related websites for other HE opportunities and ‘The Postgraduate Forum’ where you can discuss and seek advice from peers.
  • A guide to Green Careers: Expert-driven guide to career opportunities in renewable energy and sustainability.
  • Higher Ed Jobs – Higher Education job listings for the US. Search by category, location and type of institution. Get job alert emails and upload your CV to be viewed by potential employers.
  • Jobs.ac.uk - Listings for jobs in Higher Education jobs in the UK and beyond. Most UK institutions seem to advertise here so make it your first port of call for a UK higher education job hunt. Search by location or field of expertise. Sign up for daily or weekly job alerts and upload your CV.
  • Nature Jobs – International science and science-related job listings, academic and non-academic. Sign up for newsletter and search by keyword and location.
  • New Scientist Jobs – International science and science-related job listings, academic and non-academic. Sign up for newsletter and search by keyword and location.
  • Times Higher Education – UK listings for Higher Education jobs. Not many advertisements for researcher jobs – the majority tend to be management, lecturers or administrators. 

Funding Search

  • Fellowships webpage – a Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre resource listing many of the major UK fellowships with 2014-2015 deadlines and eligibility criteria. 
  • Research Councils UK – The strategic partnership of the UK’s Research Councils
  • Research Office – Imperial’s Research Office website offers extensive information on funders and funding opportunities, as well as support for preparing a proposal and managing your project.
  • Research Professional – A funding search engine which Imperial subscribes to. Create your account from an Imperial computer then use anywhere. Search for funding and sign up for email bulletins. Useful for highlighting a diverse range of opportunities in the UK, Europe and internationally.

Careers websites

  • An Academic Career – This award winning resource from the University of Manchester contains written and audio-visual advice and information about career paths, job searching and making applications. Guidanc e has b een contributed by academics, careers advisers and researc her developers
  • Careers in Research – Get inspiration and ideas for how to progress by reading career stories from researchers in academia and beyond, coll ected by Research Councils UK. Browse by subject area. Each care er story includes the individual’s CV, salary information and an in depth, honest interview.
  • Chronicle of Higher Edu cation – A dvice, news and opinion about careers in US hig her education. Great for getting a sense of what the US job market is like, tapping into ke y issues in HE and reading personal accounts of working in academia. 
  • Elsevier Early Career Resources – Career development resources from the publisher Elsevier. Includes a series of webcasts on topics including publishing, ethics, reviewing and grant writing.
  • Higher Ed Jobs Career Tools – Careers resources, live webinars, and careers news and articles on higher education with an easy ‘browse by category’ function. Includes page for international candidates entering US academic job market with visa information and credential evaluators.
  • Jobs.ac.uk – advice and blog about HE careers, including a section on working overseas. In addition to reading advice articles, you can also download a career planning ebook.
  • Making the Right Moves – US guide to scientific management. Download ‘a collection of practical advice and experiences from seasoned biomedical investigators’ including ‘chapters on laboratory leadership, getting funded, project management, and teaching and course design.’
  • Nature Jobs – career toolkit (information sheets on CVs, presentations, mentoring, salaries and more) news and blog about science careers.
  • New Scientist Careers – advice and articles about science careers with sections dedicated to postdocs, careers advice, US policy, and careers stories.
  • Science Careers – US-based articles and forums about science careers. Articles include careers advice, Q&As with scientists, stories about international opportunities and personal accounts.

Blogs and communities

  • Bioscience Careers – blog and advice for bioscience researchers from the Education and Public Affairs officer at the Society for Experimental Biology. Read careers advice and CV tips and find other bioscience blogs.
  • ECR Chat – Blog and international twitter community for early career researchers. Themed chats take place weekly at varying times to accommodate US, UK and Australian time zones. Use hashtag #ecrchat to participate. Summaries of the chats appear afterwards on the blog.
  • Guardian Higher Education Network – Read diverse articles about higher education and follow or participate in live chats usually held at lunchtime on a Friday. Join the network for updates, events and upcoming job opportunities.   
  • ICoRSA – International Consortium of Research Staff Associations is a new resource linking national research staff associations. There are plans to list national researcher associations on the website in the future so postdocs moving to a new country are able to find their local association.
  • Jobs on toast – Blog about career planning and moving outside of academia. Aimed at PhDs about to finish but much of the advice will be valid for postdocs thinking about a non-academic career.
  • LSE Impact Blog – Blog about maximising the impact of academic research. Guest writers write blogs on diverse range of timely academic issues, such as the REF, public engagement and open access.
  • Mums in Science - established in 2005 to support parents who work, have worked or want to work in any aspect of science.
  • Peer mentoring for scientists – A resource advising scientists on how to create their own peer mentoring group for support and discussion, by Joanne Kamens, a US-based postdoc trainer.
  • The New Academic – Blog by Liverpool-based humanities lecturer with advice on many aspects of academia, aimed at those starting or aiming for their first permanent academic job.
  • The Research Whisperer – Blog for early career researchers with international contributors. Sections include ‘Apply for funding’, ‘Building your track record’, ‘Networking’, ‘Research Culture’.
  • The Versatile PhD – US-based forum for discussion about post-PhD careers. Part of this website is subscription only, but with free registration you can access discussions the week they are live.
  • UKRSA – UK Research Staff Association. A researcher led community to empower researchers and share information. 
  • Would like to teach – a service from the Institute of Education which allows researchers to create a profile about what they would like to teach, and course leaders to search for suitable teachers.

Interactive online tools

  • 100 Day toolkit for Managers tool for Managers in Higher Education developed by University of Leicester.
  • Prospects Planner – questionnaire about your skills and interests that generates career ideas and provides links to information on those careers.
  • Research Development Framework – A framework developed by the researcher development organisation Vitae. The framework is designed to help researchers in assessing research skills and monitoring progress.  An interactive planning tool is available at a cost of £18 per year per person.

Books

  • The Academic Job Search Handbook
    M. Morris Heiberger, J. Miller Vick. 3rd Ed., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001.
    ISBN 0-8122-1778-0
  • And What Do You Do?: 10 Steps to Creating a Portfolio Career
    B. Hopson and K. Ledger, A&C Black Publishers, 2009
    ISBN 978-1408116302
  • How to Get a Job You’ll Love
    J. Lees, Mc Graw-Hill, 2008
    ISBN 978-007712180-8
  • How to Succeed as a Scientist: From Postdoc to Professor B.J. Gabrys and J. A. Langdale,
    Cambridge University P ress, 2011
    ISBN:9780521186834
  • Moving on in your Career - A Guide for Academic Researchers and Postgraduates
    L. Ali and B. Graham, Routledge/Falmer, 2001
    ISBN 0-415-17870-3
  • So What are You Going to do with That?: Finding Careers Outside Academia S. Basalla, M. Debelius, University of Chicago Press, 2007
    ISBN 978-0226038827
  • So You Want to be a Professor? A Handbook for Graduate Students
    P. Aarne Vesilind, Sage Publications, 2000
    ISBN 0-7619-1897-3
  • Successful Research Careers – A Practical Guide
    S. Delamont & P. Atkinson, Open University, 2004
    ISBN 0-335-21201-8

Resources