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There is certainly no shortage of internet resources to help you in your career planning. We've tried to present here a range of resources that we've found useful in whole or in part - but of course we can't vouch for everything!

Remember, too, that good old fashioned printed resources are well worth consulting: why not visit the careers service offices in Livingstone Tower.

Academic careers

These resources are listed in alphabetical order and cover post-doc opportunities as well as general academic vacancies in the UK, Europe and worldwide. Post-doc specific sites can be found in the following section.

  • Academic 360
    is a gateway to worldwide vacancy resources for academic jobs, you can search by country, position and discipline,
  • Academic Jobs
    in the EU advertises academic and research posts across Europe,
  • EURAXESS
    is a European researchers’ portal providing career opportunities, information and assistance for researchers in all subject areas and at all levels of study/career. You can search for career as well as fellowship and grant opportunities by research field, career stage and/or country,
  • European Researchers Portal
    provides career opportunities, information and assistance for researchers in all subject areas and at all levels of study/career. You can search for career as well as fellowship and grant opportunities by research field, career stage and/or country,
  • HEAnet
    Ireland's National Education and Research Network,
  • Interactive Map of UK universities and colleges
    allows easy access to institution homepages, from where individual vacancy pages can be accessed,
  • Jobs.ac.uk
    is a specialist jobsite for Careers in Academic, Research, Science, and Related Professions (UK & International),
  • The Marie Curie Fellowship Association
    has a careers section with information on postdoctoral research opportunities, academic vacancies (across most disciplines), advice on applications, and useful links,
  • PhDs.org
    is a comprehensive US-based site for PhDs in the sciences and includes job vacancies and careers advice,
  • Post Doc Jobs
    is based in the US but advertises worldwide postdoctoral vacancies and fellowships,
  • Researchiscool.com
    recruitment and social networking site for researchers at all stages of their careers worldwide – networking, jobs, funding and upcoming events,
  • Research Jobs
    website created by students for students designed to provide easy access to information on research - jobs, courses, funding and upcoming events,
  • RD Info
    offers Research & Development funding and support for health and social care researchers. The site includes links to potential funding opportunities and support and help in applying and costing research proposals,
  • Research GATE Scientific Network
    is a site for scientific research jobs worldwide,
  • Science Careers
    is dedicated to careers (academic and otherwise) in science. You can get information and advice on issues like funding and career planning as well as vacancies and opportunities for funding, postdoctoral research opportunities and jobs.
Postdoc and early career researchers

You should be aware that many of the sites listed under Academic Job Search Sites advertise postdoctoral opportunities. The sites listed below, and under UK Research Councils, include more post-doc specific opportunities and advice.

  • After College
    advertises postdoctoral opportunities in the US and Canada,
  • EURAXESS
    is a European researchers’ portal that provides details of career opportunities, information and assistance for researchers in all subject areas and at all levels of study/career. You can search for career as well as fellowship and grant opportunities by research field, career stage and/or country,
  • Find-a-postdoc
    advertises post-doc positions worldwide,
  • Post Doc Jobs
    is based in the US but advertises worldwide postdoctoral vacancies and fellowships,
  • RD Info
    offers Research & Development funding and support for health and social care researchers. The site includes links to potential funding opportunities and support and help in applying and costing research proposals,
  • The Royal Society of Edinburgh
    offers a range of research awards across a number of disciplines,
  • Sanger Centre Laboratory
    is a genome research institute that is mostly funded by the Wellcome Trust and includes job vacancies and post-doc opportunities,
  • Science Careers
    is dedicated to careers (academic and otherwise) in science. You can get information and advice on issues like funding and career planning as well as vacancies and opportunities for funding, postdoctoral research opportunities and jobs,
  • The Wellcome Trust
    is the world's largest medical research charity funding research into human and animal health and offers post-docs to early career researchers in a range of disciplines,
  • www.econ-jobs.com
    advertises jobs for economists in academia, the private sector and international organisations from around the world.
Academic related sites

Further information on the HE sector, career skills development and research careers can be found on these sites.

  • BeyondthePhD
    contains audio recordings of individuals sharing their experiences of completing PhDs in the arts and humanities and moving into a range of careers afterwards,
  • Braintrack
    gives information on Higher Education institutions around the world
  • Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) 2013
    Views of research staff on their experiences, career aspirations and development opportunities. Conducted and published biennially
  • Directory of the Professions
    lists and provides links to professional organisations in the UK,
  • The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc)
    is a federation of national associations of PhD candidates and young researchers,
  • The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
    promotes excellence in the life sciences in Europe and has fellowships and career development resources for early career scientists,
  • Intute
    is a site offering one-stop access to web resources for education and research covering 'Science, Engineering and Technology', 'Arts and Humanities', 'Social Sciences' and 'Health and Life Sciences'. There are lots of useful resources and online tutorials on accessing information on the internet, and support with teaching, research, and job opportunities,
  • The Research Excellence Framework (REF)
    website gives information about the forthcoming (2013) REF,
  • Shinton Consulting
    provides careers advice, information and professional development training to scientists, academic researchers, research students and academic staff. Has useful online resources and links.
International

Most of the sites listed in the Academic and Other Career Directions sections have world-wide vacancies advertised. More country-specific information can be found in the following resources:

  • Going global
    Going global is an extensive international jobs database.   Login using your DS details.  It contains a wealth of information on where to find international vacancies as well as country-specific application procedures, visa regulations, CV and interview guidelines as well as cultural and business information.
  • Prospects Country Profiles
    provides in-depth country information including vacancy sources.
Further training & development

You can find more information and tips on identifying and developing your skills as well as links to further training opportunities below.

Make sure you are familiar with and utilise the Researcher Development Programme.

  • Biotechnology Yes
    an innovative competition developed to raise awareness of the commercialisation of bioscience ideas among postgraduate students/postdoctoral scientists. The site includes links to relevant companies,
  • Graduate Teacher Training Registry (The)
    processes all applications for the entry to Postgraduate and Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) courses,
  • Mindtools
    is a careers based website offering range of advice, tips, and interactive exercises relating to skills development,
  • Vitae: postgraduate researchers section
    is dedicated to postgrads with help and advice on the whole process of your PhD, from starting your research to finding a job,
  • Prospects Planner
    is an online tool designed to help you identify your skills and motivations, generate and explore career ideas and see how these match,
  • Shinton Consulting
    provides careers advice, information and professional development training to scientists, academic researchers, research students and academic staff,
  • Strathclyde Researchers Portal
    a new online 'space' which holds information relating to Research and Knowledge Exchange (DS log-in required).
  • Career Management for Early Career Academic Researchers - collaborative online course (MOOC) produced and delivered by careers professionals at the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Sheffield
Research councils and national organisations

Research councils

The following research councils fund and support research, training and innovation in a range of subjects and fields. As well as funding PhD training, many also support early career researchers (postdocs) and offer a variety of different research grants and funding - check their individual websites to find out more.

You can also find out more about the UK's seven research councils on Research Councils UK.

National organisations

Networking and other sources of support

Networking

Networking sites can be split into the general, such as LinkedIn, and the specialist: those that are specific to particular fields, occupations or interests.

  • LinkedIn
    claims to be the ‘leading professional network on the web’,
  • Viadeo
    says it has 45 million professionals signed-up, 
  • Xing
    decribes itself as a social network for business professionals.

More academic oriented sites include:

  • Academia.edu
    says it's a is a place to share and follow research, mostly north American but growing elsewhere, 
  • Mendeley
    describes itself as a 'free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research',
  • MethodSpace
    describes itself as 'a multidimensional online network for the community of researchers, from students to professors, engaged in research methods',
  • MyRSC
    says it's an online chemistry community for anyone with an interest in the chemical sciences,
  • Nature Network
    says it's the professional networking website for scientists around the world,
  • ResearchGate
    for scientists, has a useful graphic on its home page showing the breakdown of its members by discipline.

Sources of support

  • Prospects Planner
    is an online tool designed to help you identify your skills and motivations, generate and explore career ideas and see how these match,
  • Shinton Consulting
    provides careers advice, information and professional development training to scientists, academic researchers, research students and academic staff,
  • Strathclyde Researchers Portal
    a new online 'space' which holds information relating to Research and Knowledge Exchange (DS log-in required),
  • Graduate Junction has been created for all Masters, PhD and postdoctoral researchers from any discipline and country. Search the network to find other researchers who share your research interests regardless of which department, institution or country they work in,
  • National Postgraduate Committee
    site representing postgraduate student interests in Britain with separate Scotland information.
  • Researchers Survival Guide
    Downloadable publication from the University and College Union (UCU) 
  • Jobs.ac.uk blog
    Real-life experiences job-seeking, academic life and much more
Media
  • Economist Jobs
    is the world leading site for economist jobs in Higher Education, the private sector and international organisations around the world,
  • Guardian Education
    is useful resource of news about higher education, adverts for jobs and a careers section that gives information and advice for each of 'The Seven Ages of an Academic' from PhD student to Emeritus Professor,
  • Times Higher Education Supplement (THES)
    has comprehensive job search pages (new jobs posted on Tuesdays),
  • US Chronicle of Higher Education
    is the US version of THES.
PhD Roles outside Academia

There are no job sites dedicated to the specific recruitment of PhDs but the ones below are where non academic jobs requiring a PhD are often advertised:

  • jobs.ac.uk – although this is the prime UK site for academic jobs, they also advertise jobs outside academia. You can see the non-academic employers currently advertising at their “Browse employers by type” page
  • PhDs.org – mainly US academic jobs but some non-US non-academic posts
  • Findapostdoc.com – UK-based jobs board, mixture of academic and non-academic posts
  • Quantfinancejobs.com – an international jobs board for quantitative finance, with a page for PhDs
  • ResearchGate – jobs board for a scientific researcher community site (they do keep encouraging you to sign up to their network, but you don’t need to do that to access the jobs they advertise)