Research Career

Interesting documents

In this section, you can access and download useful resources which help you to plan your research career and moving forward to a fully independent position as a researcher.

Delivering talent: Careers of researchers inside and outside academia

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) has published this paper to guide universities on how to strenghten the career development of researchers

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Research Career path in Spain at a glance!

FECYT has created a diagram where you can explore the funding opportunities on each stage of the research career in Spain.

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A Practical Guide to Planning an Academic or Research Career

Jobs U.K has developed an ebook to help you to decide whether doing a Masters and then a PhD followed by an academic career is for you. You will learn about the routes you must take to become a lecturer or a researcher, as well as alternative career opportunities outside academia for those trained to postgraduate level.

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PhD and Postdoc Career Guide

Standford Career Development Center has developed a collection of practical resources for the PhD job search. It includes an extensive description of the academic career as well as other (non-academic) PhD career pathways.

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Tracking the careers of doctorate holders

Tracking careers of doctorate holders The European University Association’s Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) presents the conclusions of its working group on the importance of collecting career data about the career paths of doctorate holders.

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Compilation of career development tools (AGAUR)



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10 Career Paths for PhDs

Jobs U.K have developed an ebook defining 10 job roles and skills for 10 different Career paths. If you are a PhD or early career researcher thinking ahead to a career move outside of academia or you are about to start a PhD and want to know the types of job opportunities open to researchers, this ebook can help you.

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Career Planning for PhDs

The PhD is increasingly opening doors to a whole range of opportunities, particularly if you develop the rounded experience, knowledge and skills required by employers. The market for jobs in both academia and other sectors is competitive, and you therefore need to plan ahead, be strategic in your job search and look at ways to stand out from the crowd.

This ebook, developed by Jobs UK, will help you to explore your options, read about the positive experience of other researchers and to consider what is required to succeed a competitive job market.

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Charting a Course for a successful research career – A Guide for Early-Stage Researchers

Over the last 5 to 10 years, competition for high profile research positions has become much more competitive. Consequently, although there is no substitute for an outstanding research record, as a researcher who is beginning your research career, you must also plan and work on a number of important activities that complement your research record in order to optimize your research career. You need a plan, and this Guide outlines the major points you need to consider to formulate the career plan that is best for you.

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Career Development Toolkit for Researchers

This toolkit is aimed at post-doctoral researchers who have gained one to two years experience in academic research. You may be at a point at which you are considering your overall career progress and development in academia or be contemplating a career change.
The toolkit offers some general starting points for those wanting to reflect on their career to date and to begin to formulate an ongoing career strategy.

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Postdoctoral Funding Schemes in Europe

The Science Europe Working Group on Research Careers has carried out a mapping of support opportunities for postdoctoral researchers, or postdocs, to improve understanding of what funders do to support researchers’ careers after the completion of their PhD, and to learn whether existing funding schemes can be improved in terms of career support.

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The Essential Guide to Moving Up the Academic Career Ladder

The guide, elaborated by Jobs UK, provides an overview, tips, and tested techniques for helping you in moving up the academic career. Specifically is addressed to anyone who has taken the first or second step on the academic career ladder, and wants to ensure that they take advantage of opportunities for promotion to the next level.

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Ongoing Cofund Programmes in Spain 2023.

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Public Research Organisations in Spain: recruitment opportunities for researchers 2018-2019

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