What do research staff do next?

Vitae, in collaboration with Naturejobs and other partners, are investigating the careers of research staff who moved from research posts in European higher education institutions to other employment sectors.

Project outcomes include: 

40 career stories

'What do research staff do next? 2016' report - NEWWhat do research staff do next?

Our aim is to develop a better understanding of how these researchers transition, what careers do they have and their reflections on the transition process and current career paths.

We have some knowledge of the first few years of researchers’ career paths after their doctoral degree through Vitae's 'What do researchers do?' series, but very little is known about subsequent career stages, particularly for those who were initially employed as researchers in higher education. The project will examine how and why early career researchers who have been employed in postdoctoral positions leave higher education and enter other occupations.

If you have previously worked in a European higher education institution (as research staff, postdoctoral researcher or on fellowships), we would love to hear about your career path. Please participate in our 'What do research staff do next?' survey at: 


If you are an organisation or individual who is interested in in this project and can help promote it to research staff who have moved out of a UK /European university or public research institute, please share the link via your relevant networks.

You can also join our 'What do research staff do next?' forum to discuss various ways of reaching out to this elusive group.

One of the challenges of this project is contacting former higher education researchers.

We would also like to encourage you to use social media (using #PostAcStory) to promote it to anyone who you think may be interested. 

More information on the background and aims of the project also in Vitae news and in Naturejobs.

Thank you