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Careers Support for Researchers


"I am currently a post-doc and have just secured a new post... I am a novice at job-hunting and UCL Careers provided clear and encouraging advice."

UCL Careers provides specialist support for UCL Researchers (MRes, PhD, Research Assistants, Postdoctoral Researchers).

Click the accordian links below for details of our full range of services and events.

Job Opportunities


UCL Careers Talent Bank: Job Matching & Shortlisting Service for Researchers

  • We have developed ‘UCL Talent Bank’ to support your search for employers who value your expertise and align with your interests and ambitions.
  • We 'match' the skills, experience & preferences of registrants with interested employers
  • We 'shortlist' suitable candidates & forward their details to the recruiter

Sign up now: visit our UCL Talent Bank Website (link)


  • This service targets recruiters beyond academia, but we are happy to source non academic positions in Universities.
  • Research staff are very much encouraged to use this service in addition to research students.

UCL JobOnline: Online Vacancy System

  • We actively search for advertised job opportunities across a wide range of sectors where a PhD qualification is either essential or desirable.
  • These are posted on The UCL JobOnline Website(link)

Meet Employers & Alumni


We deliver Forums and Fairs that showcase roles and job sectors where research qualifications and experience are valued and which many UCL doctoral alumni enter into.

Forums - question and answer sessions with an invited selection of panelists, most of whom have a PhD qualification

'Table Top' Fairs - networking events with a select number of employers most of whom will have a representative with a PhD qualification present. The fair in the morning will be followed by one to one appointments with the employers in the afternoon.

How to Book

  • Research Students - reserve your place via the Doctoral Schools Skills site
  • Research Staff - reserve your place by emailing our Employer Liaison Officer Vivienne Watson: v.watson@ucl.ac.uk

2014 / 15 Researcher Events Programme

Science Careers in Government Seminar & Networking
 22nd Oct, 6:30 - 9 pm
Careers in Technology
Forum 28th oct, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Careers in the Education Sector
Forum 27th Nov, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Banking, Finance & Economics Sector
Table Top Fair followed by one to one appointments
27th Jan, 11:00am - 4:00pm
UK and Global Health Sector
26th Feb, 5:30 - 7:30pm
A Future in Government and Policy Forum
26th March, 5:30 - 7:30pm CLICK HERE
Life Science Sector
Table Top Fair followed by one to one appointments 28th April, 11:00am - 4:00pm CLICK HERE

One-to-One Advice for Research Students

  • Thirty minute appointments are available Tuesdays from 10 am - 12 noon and Thursdays 2 - 4:45 pm
  • These are bookable online up to 7 days in advance using your My UCL Careers account.
  • If you wish to book a Research Student appointment more than one week in advance, please call us on 020 3549 5900 or drop in in person to check availability.

Practice Interviews

Practice Interviews are available all year round to those with a confirmed 'real' interview and last up to an hour. Practice Interviews cannot be booked online.

Find out more on our Practice Interviews Page.

One-to-One Advice for Research Staff

Thirty minute appointments are available every Monday from 2pm - 3.30pm and Wednesday 2pm - 4pm

  • They can be booked in advance by phone on 020 3549 5900 or in person at the Careers Service.
  • Please state that you are Research Staff and provide a contact number and your UPI number, (which can be found on your staff ID card).

Practice Interviews

Practice Interviews are available all year round to those with a confirmed 'real' interview and last up to an hour.

Find out more on our Practice Interviews Page.

Careers Consultant Led Skills Training

Academic Applications
Thurs 30th April, 11:30 - 2 pm
Research Students
See Doctoral School site
Academic Career Planning
Tues 5th May, 1:30 - 4 pm
Research Staff
Email from UCL Careers in April
Academic Interview Skills
Thurs 14th May, 1 - 3:30 pm
Research Students
See Doctoral School site
Academic Career Planning
Mon 18th May, 10:30 am - 1 pm
Research Students
See Doctoral School site
Successful Job Hunting
Fri 22nd May, 12:30 pm - 3 pm
See Doctoral School site & UCL Careers Email in May
Using Social Media in your Job Hunt
Thurs 28th May, 10:30 am - 12 noon
See Doctoral School site & UCL Careers Email in May
Academic Applications
Mon 15th June, 10:30 - 1 pm
Research Staff
Email from UCL Careers in June
Academic Interview Skills
Thurs 18th June, 12 - 2:30 pm
Research Staff
Email from UCL Careers in June
Non Academic Applications
Mon 22nd June, 12 - 2:30 pm
See Doctoral School site & UCL Careers Email in June
Career Planning Beyond Academia
Fri 3rd July, 11 am - 1:30 pm
See Doctoral School site & UCL Careers Email in June
Interviews and Other Selection Methods
Tues 7th July, 12:30 - 3:30 pm
See Doctoral School site & UCL Careers Email in June

Employer Led Skills Training

For both academic and non-academic careers, these workshops help you identify and develop core competencies which are vital for you to compete in the job market. 

How to Book

  • Research Students: places are booked through the Doctoral School's Skills Site.
  • Research Staff: places are booked through UCL Careers (link)

Spring Term 2015 Workshop Programme

  • Workshop details are available on the Doctoral Schools Skills Site
Tues 20th Jan 2:00pm - 4:00pm Group Exercises and Assessment Centres with Teach First
Thurs 29th Jan 5:30pm – 7:30pm Commercial Awareness with Power Efficiency
Thurs 19th Feb 5:30pm – 7:30pm Effective Applications to Graduate Schemes with Unilever
Tues 3rd March 5:30pm – 7:30pm Networking Skills with Civil Service Fast Stream
Thurs 19th March 5:30pm – 7:30pm How to crack a case study interview with L.E.K Consulting
Wed 25th March 2:00pm - 4:00pm Interviews - Communicating with Impact with Schlumberger

Career Stories of Doctoral Graduates


We have assembled a collection of video interviews of graduates with a doctorate who are now in a range of roles and job sectors beyond academia.

All were asked the following questions: 'What does your role involve, what does your organisation do?' 'Was your PhD essential / desirable & what skills do you use?' 'What are your 'top tips' for getting in and getting on in your field of work?'

NAME & OCCUPATION (Click to access video)


Includes Links to Researcher Event pod-casts where relevant

Dr Adam Harman-Clarke. Co-founder.  Geneix
Medical Technology
Dr Alex Johnston. Product Specialist. Scientifica
Life Science Research Technology
Dr Simon Mantell. Careers Consultant, previously Research Scientist Pfizer Pharmaceuticals R&D
Dr Gavin Kenny.  Senior Account Executive Havas Life Medicom Healthcare Communications
Dr Rosie Morley. Medical Writer Oxford PharmaGenesis Health -Science Communications
Dr Robert Sackin. Patent Attorney Reddie & Grose LLP Intellectual Property
Dr Paulo Marinho. Head of 3D Models Lab L'Oreal Research & Innovation Consumer Healthcare R&D
Dr Graham Hopkins. Senior Ecologist The Ecology Institute

Environmental Consultancy

Environmental Careers Forum (2013/14 Prog.)

Dr Catherine Ball. Science Policy Officer Biochemical Society and Society of Biology

Science Policy

Government & Policy Forum (2013/14 Prog.)

Science in The Civil Service Presentation (2014)

Dr Richard Malham. Senior Policy Officer Academy of Medical Sciences

Science Policy

Government & Policy Forum (2013/14 Prog.)

Science in The Civil Service Presentation (2014)

Dr Marek Kukula. Public Astronomer Royal Observatory Greenwich

Education / PR & Communications

Education Forum (2013/14 Prog.)

Dr Vicki Symington. Regional Coordinator (South East) Royal Society of Chemistry

Education / PR & Communications

Education Forum (2013/14 Prog.)

Dr Chris Wilson. National Programme Director The Brilliant Club


Education Forum (2013/14 Prog.)

Dr Simon Cutler. Senior Innovation & Skills Programme Manager BBSRC Training & Personnel Development
Dr Andrew Shapland. Greek Bronze Age Curator British Museum Cultural Heritage
Dr David Snoswell. Senior Scientist Schlumberger Gould Research Centre

Energy Technology

Technology Forum (2013/13 Prog.)

Dr Morgan Hollis, Associate Analyst Programmer Tessella

Technology / Consultancy

Technology Forum (2013/13 Prog.)

Dr Alun Roberts. Senior Associate BVG Associates

Energy / Consultancy

Technology Forum (2013/13 Prog.)

Dr Claudio Calcagno, Associate Director KPMG Economics  / Consultancy
Dr Gavin Knott. Senior Consultant Oxera Economics / Consultancy

Our Programme Team Members

Vivienne Watson, Employer Engagement

Vivienne oversees the employer led events programme for researchers at UCL. She organises sector specific Forums/Fairs for researchers interested in finding out about working in a particular industry and also runs the employer led careers skills workshop programme for researchers. These workshops are designed to help researchers develop their employability skills in areas such as teamwork, leadership, presentation skills and networking. Prior to working at UCL Vivienne worked in the Imperial College London Careers service. She studied History and History of Art at UCL and Mandarin at SOAS.

Dr Kathy Barrett, Careers Consultant

Kathy began her professional career by obtaining a PhD in Immunology at the University of London. She then moved to the USA where she developed a passion for developmental biology. On her return she obtained a University Research Fellowship from the Royal Society and set up her own laboratory at UCL. In addition to carrying out research programmes, she lectured and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students. Kathy subsequently moved to UCL Careers where she has particular responsibility for careers provision for Bachelors and Masters students in Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistical Science and PhD students and research staff across the whole university. Kathy became one of the Deputy Heads at UCL Careers in 2012 and now has strategic responsibility for careers in The School of the Built Environment, Engineering and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

Dr Jana Dankovicova, Careers Consultant

Jana is a Careers Consultant with a background in academic research and teaching. After obtaining her PhD in General Linguistics and Experimental Phonetics at the University of Oxford, she worked as a Research Fellow at Oxford University and then University College London. For the following thirteen years Jana taught undergraduates and postgraduates and carried out research in experimental and applied phonetics as a lecturer at UCL. After moving into the careers profession in 2012 Jana has been involved primarily in the provision of career programmes and guidance to PhD students and research staff at UCL and also at SOAS.

Dr Sophia Donaldson, Careers Consultant

Sophia Donaldson is a careers consultant for UCL PhD students and research staff, and for Masters students in the faculties of Medicine and Brain Sciences. Her background is in academic research, and after obtaining a PhD in molecular genetics, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher and then as a science communicator for several research charities and think tanks. Before coming to UCL, she provided careers support for postgraduate students and researchers at King’s College London and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr Calum Leckie, Careers Consultant

Calum Leckie is a Careers Consultant at UCL with a background in academic research. After obtaining a PhD in plant pathology from the University of Birmingham, Calum went on to do two postdoctoral research projects, both in cell physiology, at Lancaster and Newcastle Universities. This was followed by a Wellcome Trust funded fellowship at the University of Newcastle Medical School and at the University of California at Berkeley. Since becoming a Careers Consultant, Calum has been involved in the provision of tailored careers programmes to PhD students and research staff at UCL, and shares responsibility for managing the delivery of careers provision to students at the UCL Division of Biosciences. Calum has also been involved in a range of external activities including course organiser for the Graduate Entry into Medicine Day for the Careers Group, University of London, and worked as a Careers Consultant at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine for several years.