All Vitae career stories


Catherine Martin

Catherine stayed on in the lab to do postdoctoral research immediately after receiving her doctorate. Then she moved to London and got her current part-time job as a career development fellow.


Charles Romito

Charles completed his doctorate in the Institute for Manufacturing, in the Department of Engineering of Cambridge University, and went straight into a consulting role. Now he works as Management Consultant, McKinsey & Co.


Christina Fuentes Tibbitt

Engagement Manager (Regional), British Science Association. Former research staff in cognitive neuroscience at University College London (UCL) UK.


Cora Beth Knowles

Cora completed her doctorate in Latin literature at the University of Newcastle and is now Associate Lecturer at the Open University.


Darren Burgess

Associate Editor, Nature Reviews Genetics, Nature Publishing Group UK. Former research staff in cancer genetics, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, USA; Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK.


Daryl Stewart

Daryl undertook a computer science doctorate and became the founding engineer in a spin-off computer company.


Dave Filipovic-Carter

Now a training consultant, Dave feels his doctorate in public international law gave him a huge amount of confidence. The process of finishing something so challenging, navigating supervisors, and managing himself and his time taught him a lot about how he now manages his work.


Dave Priest

Dave completed his doctorate in plant science at the University of York. He is currently the chairman of a small banana business in Africa, having previously worked for the UN.


David Viner

Principal Advisor, Climate Change, Mott MacDonald Former research staff in the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, UK.


Derek Pigrum

Derek completed his doctorate in the Department of Education at the University of Bath, and is now an art teacher at the Vienna International School, as well as being a visiting research fellow at the University of Bath.


Ed Ralph

Chief Marketing Officer Former research staff in biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, UK.


Elizabeth Vorkurka

Elizabeth gained a scholarship to undertake a doctorate in high energy physics, and completed her research at Cern in Switzerland. She began her career as a research associate in the medical imaging department at the University of Manchester, and from there moved into intellectual property protection for a medical imaging company in Edinburgh. She is now working as an intellectual property management and innovation consultant.


Emily Brown

Research Impact Officer, Oxford Brookes University. Four years’ research staff experience in the UK as a plant pathologist.


Emma Gray

Head of Biomedical Research, Multiple Sclerosis Society, UK. Former research staff in molecular neuroscience, King’s College London, UK.


Emma Heathcote-James

Emma runs Spotty Dog Productions and The Little Soap Company. She says she loves the fact that, while others are terrified of the insecurity of losing their jobs, she feels more secure than most – even though she's working for herself.


Erik Werner

Erik took a short-term position after his doctorate to support the formation of a consortium. Currently he works as Project Manager for the Medical Research Council's Clinical Sciences Centre.


Esther Haines

Esther spent some time in a research role in the UK after a doctorate in physics, and then she returned to New Zealand for work. She came back to the UK and is now Regional Officer at the Insitute of Physics, while also working for the Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative (WiSETI) within the University of Cambridge.


Fiona Denney

Fiona completed her doctorate in marketing, and is now Head of Graduate Development, Kings College London.


Fiona Lynch

Student recruitment and widening participation coordinator (UK and EU), University of Manchester. Former research staff in Cardiovascular Research, University of Manchester.


Fiona Meade

Self-employed freelance scientist/researcher. A geologist with three years research staff experience at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.


Gareth Bicknell

Quality Manager, Oxford Musculoskeletal Biobank. Former research staff in Renal Pathology, and Transplant Surgery, at the University of Leicester.


Helen Lawrence

Helen completed her doctorate in linguistics at the University of New York. After teaching and project management work, she set up her own training consultancy.


Helen Lawrence

Helen completed her doctorate in linguistics at the University of New York. After teaching and project management work, she set up her own training consultancy.


Helen Niblock

Portfolio Manager at EPSRC. Former Postdoctoral Research Associate in medicinal chemistry at the University of Oxford.


Ian Archer

Skills Development Officer for Postgraduate & Postdoctoral Researchers. Former research staff in history at the University of the West of England, UK.


Ian Lyne

Ian completed his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Warwick. He then became the Head of the Graduate School Office at the University of Exeter, and is now Head of Skills and Careers at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).


Isabel Franke-Chaudet

Consultant at Helios, working in the aviation sector. Former Research Fellow in Physics at the University of Surrey.


Jean-Baptiste Rouquier

Data Scientist. Former research staff in computer science in two government-funded research institutions, France.


Jean Wainwright

Jean completed her doctorate on Andy Warhol's audio tapes, and is now a senior lecturer at UCA Rochester and an art critic working with – amongst others – The Art Newspaper TV.


Jeff Stonehouse

Project Lead Chemist, AstraZeneca. “I may have been serendipitous in finding this career but, in terms of progressing it, it has been hard work and reputation – getting other people to believe that you can do it...”