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.
  • If you are a current research staff member at UCL: for the purposes of registering on our current system, please select the ‘Student’ option (this tells us that you are currently at UCL). When the form asks for your graduation date, please also select the year you intend to have completed your research.
  • If you have completed or are about to complete your research contract: please select ‘Graduate’, which will let us know that you may be available for full-time positions.

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)

External Vacancy Sites

 International Opportunities (all sectors)
Going Global Website
Higher Education (HE) Teaching & Research



Non Academic Jobs in HE, Funding & Professional Bodies
The Times Higher Jobs
The Graduate Programme for University Leadership
Non HE Teaching

Targetjobs Education
TES Connect

HMC Teacher Training

The Brilliant Club

Teach First

 Policy Organisations & Think Tanks

The Guardian Policy Jobs
Policy Jobs.net
Working for an MP

DODS People Public Affairs

 Government & Social Care
EU Careers
UK Civil Service Fast Stream
Local Government Development Programme
Social Work Leadership Training
 Health Healthcare Science Training
NHS Graduate Management Training
NHS Jobs
The Guardian Health Jobs
Medical Training
The Association of Medical Research Charities
Social & Market Research
Association of Qualitative Research
The Social Research Association
Not for Profit & International Development

World Service Enquiry
Third Sector Jobs

Guidestar: Organisation Directory

Energy & The Environment
The Guardian Environment Jobs
Geography Jobs UK
Environmental Data Services Job Search
The Environmentalist Jobs
 Entrepreneurship, Enterprise, Freelance
UCL Advances
Self Employment Information: Prospects
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
 Management Consultancy
Inside Careers Management Consultancy
Target Jobs Management Consulting
MCA Consultancy Directory
 R & D: Engineering & Technology


ICE Recruit: Civil Engineering


UK Science park Association


 R & D: Life & Medical Sciences

ABPI Careers (Pharmaceuticals & Biotech)
ABHI - Healthcare Industry

UK Science Park Association

 Media, Publishing & Communications

Association of British Science Writers
Medcomms Networking
Wordpress: Science Communication Jobs
Indeed: Science Media Jobs

Skills Council for the Creative Industries



Journalism Jobs

 Intellectual Property & Law
Target Jobs: Converting to law
Inside Careers: Patent Attorney
 City & Finance

Actuarial Sciences

Quantitative Analyst
Inside Careers: Banking & Investments
E Financial Careers

Target Jobs: Finance

 Arts & Cultural Heritage
Arts Culture Media Jobs
Museums Association
Museum Jobs

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.

  • To watch interviews with some employers and alumni who have attended these events CLICK HERE
  • For a list of organisations who have worked with us on our Researcher skills programme, or who sent representatives to our events CLICK HERE

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

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.

Career skills webcasts

  • Click on the links below to access our pre-recorded seminars on how to write effective CVs, cover letters, personal statements and how to complete key sections on application forms.
  • Please Email your feedback on these seminars to our programme administrator, Moira Good: m.good@ucl.ac.uk
  • Research Students: You can log points after watching these webcasts (My Department Training > Other UCL Departments >UCL Careers Course - up to 1/2 day)
How to write an Effective Academic CV
Personal Statements / Cover Letters for Academic Research Positions
Effective non-academic applications
To be uploaded June 2015

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 compiled a database of written and video case studies of the career paths of researchers after they were awarded a PhD *
  • Case studies are searchable by job sector, faculty where the PhD was undertaken and by core skill / activity of the current role. 
  • Both academic and non academic post-PhD careers are represented
  • This resource is designed to; enhance awareness of career pathways and relevant roles beyond a PhD, how research skills and knowledge can be used in different contexts and provide advice on making successful career transitions

* - primarily from a survey of UCL PhD holders three years after graduation as well as through interviews with speakers at our researcher events



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.

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