Job-seeking and Career Planning for Researchers

Nature Jobs

Science career information, tools and job search facility produced by Nature.

Science Careers

Contains UK and international vacancies, as well as careers advice with job profiles and topical articles.

jobs.ac.uk

Specialist jobsite for careers in academic, research, science and related professions. Thousands of jobs, free Jobs by Email service, specialist careers advice, blogs and much more.

Post Academic Careers (SULSA)

Case studies of people who have successfully made the transition out of academic research into a new career. They give details on what their job involves and how their career has progressed so far. They also offer career planning tips to people currently engaged in academic research.

What are my career options with a PhD? (University of Birmingham)

Advice on what to consider when looking at career options after a PhD. There are also detailed work sector guides which summarise the opportunities for researchers in specific areas.

Times Higher Education

HE jobs, news and resources for university professionals in teaching and research.

Academic Jobs EU

Academic Jobs EU is an independent company with the objective of facilitating recruitment and providing career related services to European academic institutions. provides database of academic and research jobs in Europe, including PhD studentships.

HigherEdJobs.com

HigherEdJobs.com is a leading source for jobs and career information in academia, especially in North America.

EuroScienceJobs

EuroScienceJobs is a recruitment medium for international science experts and international organisations doing scientific research in Europe.

H-Net

Academic vacancies in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences worldwide.

EURAXESS jobs/ funding portal (British Council)

Produced by the British Council, this resource allows researchers to search for research jobs throughout the world. There is also information for international researchers looking for funding opportunities to work in the UK.

A Practical Guide to Planning an Academic or Research Career (jobs.ac.uk)

This ebook aims to help you decide whether or not an academic career is for you. You will learn about the routes you must take to become a lecturer or a researcher, as well as alternative career opportunities outside academia for those trained to postgraduate level.

Career Planning for PhDs (jobs.ac.uk)

This guide explains the range of opportunities available to PhD students after graduation and offers advice on the skills employers are looking for. There are also practical tips on how to plan your career while at university.

How to Write a Cover Letter for Academic Jobs (jobs.ac.uk)

An e-book with tips and examples to create the perfect cover letter for academic jobs. This includes a section on tailoring your letter, marketing yourself effectively & a really useful 'before and after' example with critique.

How to Write a Cover Letter for Research Jobs (jobs.ac.uk)

An ebook with tips and examples to create the perfect cover letter for research jobs. This includes a section on tailoring your letter, marketing yourself effectively & a really useful 'before and after' example with critique.

How to Apply for an Academic Job (jobs.ac.uk)

This ebook offers step-by-step advice and provides exercises that will get you thinking about your career development and will show you how to improve your chances of landing that dream job.

10 Career Paths for PhDs (jobs.ac.uk)

This e-book will help you to use your research skills and experience to stand out in the job market and to take steps to secure a job. 10 career options are explored to highlight the benefits and opportunities for researchers from a range of disciplines.

Career Development Toolkit for Researchers (jobs.ac.uk)

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.

Interview questions tool (jobs.ac.uk)

Sample interview questions for academic roles, and management roles, in HE with tips on how to answer them.

New Scientist Jobs

Database for science jobs produced by New Scientist.

TopCareer.jobs

Research Council vacancies.

Case Studies: Careers in Research (Research Councils UK)

This website contains an online suite of stories providing an insight into life as a researcher and the different career paths which researchers take. A wide range of subject areas are included.

How to Write a Cover Letter for Management and Administration Jobs (jobs.ac.uk)

An ebook with tips and examples to create the perfect cover letter for management and administration jobs in universities and other sectors. This includes a section on tailoring your letter, marketing yourself effectively & a really useful 'before and after' example with critique.

The enterprising researcher (Vitae)

This booklet offers advice on how you can use your research to start a business and develop enterprise skills during a research project. There are also case studies of researchers who have set up their own business.

The researcher on placement (Vitae)

Guidance for research staff and students considering opportunities for professional placements or internships.

The career-wise researcher (Vitae)

this booklet contains advice on how to reflect on your skills and personality traits to choose a career that will suit you. It also discusses what employers are looking for and how you can impress them in the job application process.