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Careers for Post Doctoral Researchers

The Royal Society of Biology has found some useful information for potential Post Doctoral Researchers including career progression diagrams, advice about an academic life and job opportunities.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have created an idealised academic career progression diagram.


Vitae is the UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes. Vitae works with UK higher education institutions (HEIs) to embed professional and career development in the research environment.

The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester have a useful guide on their website entitled “An Academic Career” which contains information about what academics do, where to get advice and support and alternative options. For the guide please visit The University of Manchester website.

The Athena Forum

The Athena Project was established in 1999 by the UK higher education funding councils, Universities UK and Office of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry. Its aims are the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research to achieve a significant increase in the number of women recruited to top posts.

In achieving its aims Athena has worked in partnership with universities, research councils and SET professional and learned societies. The Forum is independent and is supported by the Royal Society. The other founding organisations were the Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Physics, and the Inter Academy Panel. The Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Society of Biology, and the London Mathematical Society are now also represented on the Forum

For more information about the Forum and the guide please visit the Athena Forum website.


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