PhD

  • low-stress career planning in the final stages of your doctorate

    The final months of a doctorate can be intense and draining, with the pressures of writing up, checking references, making sure tables are properly formatted etc. In the midst of all this, you may have a nagging sense that you...

  • PhD Career Stories

    The second of our guest blog posts from researchers now working in roles outside of research in Higher Education. Vicky Just - promoting scientific research through the media What is your current role? I am a Media and PR Officer...

  • Higher Education: careers outside of academia

    I talk to quite a few people who want to move outside of research but enjoy being in a university environment; if that's you, then a non-academic role in HE may be worth considering. So what kinds of roles exist?...

  • Applying for research jobs in industry

    I was speaking to a recruiter to research roles in industry recently, and she shared some useful feedback on what does and doesn’t work in applications for industry: Do: - Research the company thoroughly. In cover letters and personal statements...

  • Personal Statements for Academic Jobs

    I've been reading a few of these of late. Here are some thoughts on suggested structure and content, answers to 'FAQs' on personal statements and thoughts on pitfalls to avoid. Before you start It's very tempting to jump in straight...

  • Applying for jobs in academia - resources round up

    As the time of year is approaching when I spend quite a bit of my time giving feedback on academic job applications, I thought it would be a good time to draw together some useful resources on applying for jobs...

  • Research Funding and your career

    If you're planning a longer term academic career, be aware that academic employers will look for evidence of your ability to attract research funding. Depending on your research field it may not be easy for you to be a Principal...

  • Just finished your PhD?

    We're seeing quite a few people at the moment who have recently finished their PhD thesis or are close to finishing. If that's you, you're probably exepriencing a range of emotions, which will vary according to the time of day,...

  • PhD funding fairs – London and Leeds, December 2014

    PostgraduateStudentships is running two PhD funding fairs in December 2014. Please note you need to APPLY to attend and the deadline to apply is 6pm on Tuesday 2 December. There are two fairs taking place:  London – 4 December and Leeds –...

  • Entrepreneurship and Research - Innovation and Independence

    While looking through the Researcher Career Stories on the Vitae website recently, I was struck by how many of the researchers had started their own business or undertaken some form of freelance or consultancy work. Some set up their own...