Higher education career search
Vacancies in the UK higher education sector are generally advertised widely, though some posts may only be circulated locally so it is important to check the websites of the institutions you are interested in.
Jobs.ac.uk is the main website used by UK institutions to recruit for research, lectureship, teaching and key administrative or support positions. You can browse for jobs by vocation or discipline, and can focus your search regionally. It is now mandatory for UK HE institutions to give a full job specification which includes essential and desirable skills and experience for the position. You can also find vacancies in the national press, the Times Higher Education magazine and in the periodicals and scholarly societies' websites of your field.
Networking is an effective way to find out about upcoming vacancies in higher education. Informal enquiries are generally encouraged, particularly for lectureships and other senior roles. Take advantage of the opportunity to do so, but only after researching all the publicly available information related to the role.
When applying for a role in higher education make sure to get support from your careers service. Plan in advance and try to fill any skill gaps you may have with training and other development opportunities. Talk to colleagues and other members of staff to get further ideas on roles within higher education.
Opportunities to work overseas are relatively common for academic staff.& The European Researcher's Mobility Portal and The European University Institute (EUI) Academic Careers Observatory offer information on vacancies and other background information. See our section on working overseas for more information
The official higher education recruitment website, for lectureships, research and key administrative jobs.
A good source of higher education jobs, news and resources for university professionals in teaching and research
Has a useful page that links to all universities online vacancy pages
Carries vacancies on careers and staff development roles in HE
Profiles and occupational details of graduate jobs including those in HE
A commercial website that caters for recently qualified postgraduates looking for posts inside and outside academia. You can make online applications and register for notification of relevant vacancies here.
Advice, articles and vacancies for researchers in natural science disciplines. Covers North America and Europe.
Site caters very well to researchers (mostly scientists) with details of postdoctoral opportunities (UK and international), academic jobs and private sector positions as well as specific advice and articles.
The US version of the Times Higher Education
‘Non-profit job board for the academic and research community, used by over 600 universities in 38 countries to publicise PhD, postdoctoral and faculty positions.'
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