Researcher careers

Our careers pages are tailored to researchers. For those who want to pursue an academic career and those who want to use their skills elsewhere. For  inspiration or advice.

This section is still under development and being updated frquently. Call back again soon to find more content.

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Pursuing an academic career

Researcher career stories

Be inspired by over 100 narratives from individual researchers.

Stories offer insight into the lives and career decisions of contributors.

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What do researchers do?

Our series of publications exploring the destinations and career paths of doctoral graduates and how they contribute to society, culture and economy.


What do researchers do? Early career progression of doctoral graduates (2013) looks at trends in employment for doctoral graduates three years on from their graduation. Highlights the value of doctoral study to researchers, employers and society.

Coming soon

Content under development for this section includes:

After your doctorate: career options, research v non-research careers, working overseas, using labour market information

What next for research staff

Doctoral careers outside HE: what employers look for, work experience during your research

Career management for researchers: values and goals, improving your employment opportunities, creating effective CVs

Example CVs

Eighteen fictional CVs based on real researchers. Our example CVs are written in a range of styles appropriate to different career goals: academic CVs, chronological CVs, competence-based CVs.

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