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Vacancy sources for researchers

Find out about sites that can be useful starting points when looking for jobs as a researcher.

Academic jobs

Many academic jobs are advertised on individual university websites.

The two main sites for finding academic jobs within the UK are and the Times Higher Education Supplement. These sites also advertise non-academic jobs within universities, and some international and commercial positions.

Other places to look for academic jobs:

  • Euraxess Researchers in Motion - career opportunities for researchers across the EU, including vacancies, Fellowship and grant opportunities and links to career resources
  • Academic jobs EU - database of academic and research jobs within the EU
  • AcademicTransfer - international jobs board for universities and government research organisations
  • - academic and post-doctoral vacancies worldwide in engineering, mathematics and computer science
  • - academic and post-doctoral vacancies worldwide in engineering and technology
  • Higher Ed jobs - US but has international vacancies
  • FindaPostdoc - worldwide database of postdoctoral and research jobs
  • US Chronicle of Higher Education - US equivalent of the Times Higher Education Supplement
  • NatureJobs and Science Careers - academic research positions within science
  • National Postdoctoral Association - resources for postdocs wanting to work in the United States
  • AKADEUS - academic management and faculty jobs in the sector of business schools, higher education teaching and research business career opportunities worldwide


Non-academic research and research-related jobs

There is no one place to look for research jobs outside of academia. The following sources are useful starting points. You should also check out the discipline-specific pages for links to vacancies within your research area.

It is also a good idea to make use of creative job-searching strategies to find opportunities with research organisations. Talk to your supervisor and other academics in your department, as they may have useful contacts. Consult the professional association or body that relates to your area of research - they often have lists of research organisations, and they also make available the career stories of people already working in research.

You can also use LinkedIn to help you find organisations and the biographies of people working in them - see these videos for advice on using LinkedIn for researching people and organisations.

Graduate jobs/graduate schemes

As a PhD student/post-doctoral researcher you can apply for one of the many graduate jobs or graduate schemes (one or two year structured training programmes with the larger graduate recruiters).

Graduate jobs exist with both larger companies and Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises.

Graduate schemes and Graduate jobs are advertised on the Career Service's MyFuture database, and also on graduate job sites such as Prospects, TargetJobs and Milkround.

Staying local

Researchers often want to find jobs in the South West or in other specific regions. Creative job searching is vital if you are limited to particular geographic areas, see the Finding a graduate job guide for details (login required).

Recruitment agencies

Specialist recruitment agencies can be good sources of vacancies in certain disciplines. See AgencyCentral for a directory of recruitment agencies.

Other pages for researchers


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