Researcher careers

We will put a spotlight on the idea of ‘once a researcher, always a researcher’ and explore the varied potential career paths doctoral graduates and research staff take in their later career beyond ‘being a researcher’. In particular, we will look at the emergence of research ‘adjacent’ and professional roles across higher education and connect with projects internationally looking at career tracking and career profiles of doctoral graduates. 

What do researchers do?

What do researchers do?

We are producing another instalment in the ever-popular ‘What do researchers do?’ series. A new infographic and accompanying research article for context 'Do researchers’ early careers have to be precarious?' was launched at the Vitae conference providing some initial insights.

More content to follow throughout the year…

For a look back at some of our previous projects understanding researcher careers, see:

Planning for careers in academia and beyond

Planning for careers in academia and beyond

Vitae have carried out extensive research into the careers of researchers who have moved beyond academia, both in the UK and more widely in Europe. Discover how the RDF planner can support a transition to a new career outside academia.

Vitae Working Group for researcher careers

Vitae Working Group for researcher careers

In early 2019 the researcher careers Working Group was formed to consider what we could co-produce to inform policy and support researchers in making well-informed career decisions.

The group had productive discussions at the Vitae conference in Septmeber and we look forward to hearing more from them in the coming months.

Joining a working group is a great way to connect with like-minded colleagues internationally and engage deeply with a topic of interest. Find out more about Vitae Working Groups.