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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."

Our 'bespoke' provision for UCL Researchers (MRes, PhD, Research Assistants, Postdoctoral Researchers) includes:

  • Specialist Careers Consultants with research backgrounds
  • Career management and applications advice for academia and beyond
  • Employer - led skills training
  • Employer forums & networking events for job sectors where research degrees are especially valued.
  • Online materials: CVs, cover letters & interviews, career options, funding.


Video Case Studies

Watch doctoral graduates discuss their career history and share their top tips across a range of job sectors

Jobs and Internships

  • We actively source job opportunities across a wide range of job sectors where a PhD qualification is either essential or desirable.
  • These have been posted on JobOnline and can be accessed directly using the link below:
  • UCL JobOnline

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  
Life Science Sector
Table Top Fair followed by one to one appointments 28th April, 11:00am - 4:00pm  

One-to-One Advice for Research Students

  • Thirty minute appointments are available Tuesdays from 10 am - 12 noon and Thursdays 2 - 4:30 pm
  • These are bookable online up to 7 days in advance using MyUCLCareers (link)
  • If you wish to book a Research Student appointment more than one week in advance, please call or email our Information team on 020 7866 3600, careers@ucl.ac.uk

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, 2 - 4 pm and Wednesday 10 - 11:30am

  • They can be booked in advance by phone on 020 7866 3600 or in person at the Careers Service.
  • Please state that you're 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 Career Planning
3rd Oct, 10:30 am - 1 pm
Res. Staff
Academic Career Planning
17th Oct, 10:30 - 1 pm
Res. Students
Academic Applications
22nd Oct, 10:30 - 1 pm
Res. Students
Career Planning Beyond Academia
29th Oct, 10 am - 12:30 pm
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Academic Interview Skills
31st Oct, 1 - 3:30 pm
Res. Staff
WEBINAR: Academic Applications
10th Nov, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
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Academic Applications
14th Nov, 11 am - 1:30 pm
Res. Staff
Non Academic Interviews & Assessment
21st Nov, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Academic Interviews
 25th Nov, 1 - 3 pm
 Res. Students
Non Academic Applications
27th Nov, 10 am - 12:30 pm
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WEBINAR: Non Academic Applications
8th Dec, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
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Successful Job Hunting
12th Dec, 10 am - 12:30 pm
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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)

Autumn Term 2014 Workshop Programme

  • Workshop details are available on the Doctoral Schools Skills Site
Tues 30th Sept 5:30pm – 7:30pm Networking skills with Citi
Thurs 2nd Oct 2:00 - 4:00 pm Commercial Awareness with PwC
Wed 15th Oct 5:30pm – 7:30pm Interview Technique with The Brilliant Club
Thurs 23rd Oct 2:00 - 4:00 pm Case Study Interviews with Oliver Wyman
Thurs 6th Nov 5:30pm – 7:30pm Introduction to Negotiation Skills with Capco
Tues 25th Nov 2:00 - 4:00 pm Pitching the PhD: How to sell your doctorate outside academia with Atass Sports

Science Careers in Government

  • Presentation and Q&A Session with the Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government
  • 6.30-9pm, Wednesday 22nd October, Medical Sciences 131 A V Hill Lecture Theatre
  • Places on this event are strictly limited and you must register to attend in advance (see below)
  • Please note, this event is targeted at current doctoral students but some places have been reserved for Research Staff

Sir Mark Walport will discuss his own career as Director of the Wellcome Trust, Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London and his current role as Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government. This involves taking responsibility for the quality of all engineering and scientific advice across Government and reporting directly to the Prime Minister.

Sir Mark will enlighten the audience on the roles and importance of scientists in government including scientists in non-technical roles. He will demonstrate the crucial contribution of scientists by outlining case studies of areas in which scientists have made an impact in the past and highlight the big issues that government scientists will be trying to tackle in the future.

Chair, LSHTM Director Peter Piot, will facilitate an audience question and answer session and you will have the chance to learn about civil service recruitment opportunities by networking with recruiters.

  • RESEARCH STUDENTS: Registration is through your "MY UCL CAREERS" account (If you're using this for the first time, please read the My UCL Careers Instructions carefully before trying to log in.)

  • RESEARCH STAFF: Register here.

  • Please bring your UCL ID with you on the evening of the event.