Useful resources for PhDs

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These resources cover post-doc opportunities as well as general academic vacancies in the UK, Europe and worldwide. 

  • is a gateway to worldwide vacancy resources for academic jobs, you can search by country, position and discipline
  • advertises academic and research posts across Europe
  • Education Guardian Jobs in Higher Education
  • 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
  • FindAPostDoc searchable database of post-doctoral research vacancies (UK based, primarily European vacancies)
  • HEAnet Ireland's National Education and Research Network
  • is a specialist jobsite for Careers in Academic, Research, Science, and Related Professions (UK & International)
  • Knowedge Transfer Partnerships - jobs
  • is based in the US but advertises worldwide postdoctoral vacancies and fellowships
  • recruitment and social networking site for researchers at all stages of their careers worldwide – networking, jobs, funding and upcoming events
  • ResearchGate is a site for scientific research jobs worldwide
  • Science Careers is dedicated to careers (academic and otherwise) in science, with information and advice on issues like funding and career planning as well as vacancies and opportunities for funding, postdoctoral research opportunities and jobs
  • THEunijobs Academic and University jobs in the UK
  • Nature Careers - connecting candidates to science jobs


US & North America


  • Association of Commonwealth Universities - links to universities in the Commonwealth
  • GoinGlobal is an extensive international jobs database (login on campus and then create a personal account).  It contains a wealth of information where you can find international vacancies as well as country-specific application procedures, visa regulations, CV and interview guidelines as well as cultural and business information.
  • Prospects: Work Abroad provides in-depth country information including vacancy sources

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.

  • Babraham Institute biomedical research; offers post doctoral programme
  • Institute for Historical Research (IHR) has information on fellowships 
  • Leverhulme Trust makes awards for the support of research and education and encompasses all subject areas
  • Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) provides quality assurance in Higher Education by formulating academic standards and conducting reviews and audits. Benchmarks for different subject areas can be found here - these can be useful for measuring key subject-related skills
  • Social Research Association provides a comprehensive training programme to support the professional development of social researchers
  • SRA Scotland 
  • Society for Research into Higher Education is an independent society that seeks to stimulate and co-ordinate research into all aspects of Higher Education
  • Universities UK wealth of information on HE sector issues (including politics, structure of HE sector, and nature of funding research)
  • University and College Union (UCU) is the largest trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff working in further and higher education throughout the UK
  • Vitae has a wealth of information for postgraduate research students and researchers

Your career plans may include working for yourself.


  • blog Real-life experiences job-seeking, academic life and much more
  • 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) 
  • Shinton Consulting provides careers advice, information and professional development training to scientists, academic researchers, research students and academic staff
  • Strathclyde Researchers Portal (DS log-in required) a new online 'space' which holds information relating to Research and Knowledge Exchange 

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:

  • – although this is the prime UK site for academic jobs, they also advertise jobs outside academia and you can search by type of job ie Professional / Managerial / Support Services
  • – UK-based jobs board, mixture of academic and non-academic posts
  • 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)
  • Specialised resources for industry sectors can be found on our I want to work in pages