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 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)

UCL Careers Talent Bank: Shortlisting Service for Researchers

  • Designed to help you find employers who value your expertise and align with your interests and ambitions.
  • Please register at UCL Talent Bank (link) and upload your non-academic CV

  • Entering your skills, sector and occupation preferences will help us to target you for suitable opportunities and then we will invite you to apply for the position via a targeted email
  • Our aim is to shortlist suitable candidates (i.e. you) & forward your application (consisting of a non-academic CV and tailored cover letter) to the recruiter


  • This service targets recruiters outside of academia, including non academic positions in Universities.
  • This is not a personal recruitment service. The team behind UCL Talent Bank matches registered applicants to relevant vacancies, rather than matching relevant employers to individuals. We ask for information about your preferences so that we can inform you about the most relevant vacancies when they arise.
  • 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. Please also have your UPI number to hand.
  • If you have recently 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. Please also have your UPI number to hand.

In order for you to market yourself most effectively to non academic employers, and to be shortlisted for roles on UCL Talent Bank, you must create a non-academic CV.

Researcher Career Destinations

Career Stories of Doctoral Graduates

  • A database of written and video case studies of the career paths of researchers after they were awarded a PhD.
  • Includes career stories of around 70 UCL doctoral alumni interviewed 3 -4 years post graduation
  • Click the 'Career Stories' title above to access (UCL Password Protected)

Common Non-Academic Destinations

Scroll down for full list

Note: browse a range of sector specific employers by downloading our PDF: 'EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE ATTENDED UCL RESEARCHER EVENTS'




Non Academic Jobs in HE, Funding & Professional Bodies
UCL Education Sector Forum 2014

Science Communication Manager at CRUK#1

Science Communication Manager at CRUK #2

Research Funding Manager at CRUK

Science Policy Officer, Biochemical Soc. & Soc. of Biology

Senior Policy Officer, The Academy of Medical Sciences

Regional Coordinator (South East) Royal Society of Chemistry

Senior Innovation & Skills Programme Manager, BBSRC

University Public Engagement

The Times Higher Jobs
The Graduate Programme for University Leadership
Teaching, Education & Communications
UCL Education Sector Forum 2014

Public Astronomer Royal Observatory Greenwich

Regional Coordinator (South East) Royal Society of Chemistry

National Programme Director, The Brilliant Club

University Public Engagement

Targetjobs Education
TES Connect

HMC Teacher Training

The Brilliant Club

Teach First

Policy Organisations & Think Tanks
UCL Government & Policy Forum 2015

Kings Fund Senior Research Fellow

Science Policy Officer, Biochemical Soc. & Soc. of Biology

Senior Policy Officer, The Academy of Medical Sciences

Science Policy, Policy Exchange

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

DODS People Public Affairs

National & Local Government

UCL Government & Policy Forum 2015

Civil Service Science & Engineering Careers Lecture 2014

GORS Higher Scientififc Officer

Ministry of Justice Senior Research Analyst

Science Policy Secondment for BIS

EU Careers
UK Civil Service Fast Stream
Local Government Development Programme
Social Work Leadership Training

IMC Healthcare Communications Scientific Projects Manager

Clinical Psychology Trainee

Senior Account Executive, Havas Life Medicom

Healthcare Science Training
NHS Graduate Management Training
NHS Jobs
The Guardian Health Jobs
Medical Training
The Association of Medical Research Charities
Social & Market Research
  CEO, Social Science Insights
Association of Qualitative Research
The Social Research Association
Charities & International Development
  Research Scientist, RSPB

World Service Enquiry
Third Sector Jobs

Guidestar: Organisation Directory

Energy & The Environment
UCL Careers Environmental Careers Forum 2014

Schlumberger Research Scientist

Senior Scientist, Schlumberger

Geoscientist at Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd.

Senior Associate BVG Associates

Senior Ecologist, The Ecology Institute

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

McKinsey Strategy Consultant

Senior Consultant, Oxera

Inside Careers Management Consultancy
Target Jobs Management Consulting
MCA Consultancy Directory
Engineering & Technology Industry
UCL Technology Forum 2014

Google Software Engineer

IBM Strategic Analytics Consultant

Co-founder of Geneix

Associate Analyst Programmer, Tessella


ICE Recruit: Civil Engineering


UK Science park Association


Life & Health Sciences Industry

IMC Healthcare Communications Scientific Projects Manager

Partner at JA Kemp

L.E.K Consulting Associate

Repositive Founder & CEO

Repositive Chief Scientific Liaison

Circa Healthcare Pharmaceutical Marketing

Co-founder of Geneix

Product Specialist, Scientifica

Senior Account Executive, Havas Life Medicom

Oxford Pharmagenesis Medical Writer

Research & Development, L'Oreal

Senior Scientist, Pfizer

ABPI Careers (Pharmaceuticals & Biotech)
ABHI - Healthcare Industry

UK Science Park Association

Media, Publishing & Marketing
  Circa Healthcare Pharmaceutical Marketing

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
  Patent Attorney with Reddie & Grose LLP Target Jobs: Converting to law
Inside Careers: Patent Attorney
 City & Finance

Capco Associate #1

Capco Associate # 2

Associate Director of Competiton Economics, KPMG

Senior Consultant, Oxera

Actuarial Sciences

Quantitative Analyst
Inside Careers: Banking & Investments
E Financial Careers

Target Jobs: Finance

Arts & Cultural Heritage
  Greek Bronze Age Curator British Museum 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.

Beyond Academia - is a new programme designed to give researchers a focused insight into specific career areas within industry. It will consist of 5 events, each with a different sector theme. Each event will have 2 employers who will give a short presentation about the work they do in their company. The employers who are presenting will also have a PhD allowing them to give a view point from a researcher’s perspective.

‘Beyond Academia’ has been designed in line with feedback we received from researchers that they would like to attend an employer event that is short and informal with more time for networking.

  • 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

2015 / 16 Researcher Events Programme

Careers in Technology
Forum 29th oct, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Further details here
Working as a Quantitative Analyst Beyond Academia
12th Nov, 5:30 - 7:30pm Further details here
Working in Strategy Consulting Beyond Academia 24th Nov, 2:00 - 3:00pm Further details here
Careers in the Education Sector
Forum To be confirmed
Coming soon
UK and Global Health Sector
To be confirmed Coming soon
A Future in Government and Policy Forum
To be confirmed Coming soon
Life Science Sector
Table Top Fair followed by one to one appointments To be confirmed Coming soon

One-to-One Advice for Researchers

At any stage of your PhD or if you are working as research staff at UCL, you can book a 30 minute "Researcher Appointment" as a general starting point.

Our enhanced one-to-one coaching service has an emphasis on career planning for those with research backgrounds regardless of whether you're planning to stay in academia or if you want to use your research skills in other ways.

Appointments of up to 30 minutes are available to discuss a wide range of topics with one of a team of Careers Consultants who all have PhDs themselves and who work closely with the Doctoral School at UCL.


  • Mondays: 2pm - 4pm
  • Tuesdays: 10am - 12pm
  • Wednesdays: 2pm - 4pm
  • Thursdays 3pm - 5pm


Research Staff will need to call us on 020 3549 5900 or visit us in person to check availability and book.

Current PhD students can check appointment availability and book online up to 7 days in advance using your My UCL Careers account. To book more than a week in advance, please call or visit us as detailed above.

Interview Coaching for Researchers

The 30 minute appointments detailed above can be used to discuss queries around what to expect at and how to prepare for interviews or to discuss feedback you may have received from previous interviews.

However, we also offer hour long Practice Interviews for those who have been invited to a 'real' interview and who want to practice their interview technique in a role play style, answering questions which are likely to come up at the real thing and receiving feedback on your performance from one of our Careers Consultants.

Find out more on our Practice Interviews Page.

Online Seminars

  • 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 via the Doctoral School Research Student Log
How to write an Effective Academic CV
Personal Statements / Cover Letters for Academic Research Positions
Effective non-Academic Applications

Careers Consultant Led Skills Training

  • All group sessions take place in the UCL Careers Seminar Room (except Social Media Workshop)
  • We have separate programmes of academic careers workshops for research students and research staff
  • Our non academic workshops are open to both research staff and students

Workshops for Research Students only (Academic Careers)

Academic Career Planning
2nd Oct, 10:30 am - 1 pm
Bookings open 28th Sept
Effective Academic Applications
12th Oct, 10:30 am - 1 pm

Bring your academic CV

Bookings open 28th Sept

Academic Interview Skills
6th Nov, 10 am - 12:30 pm
Bookings open 28th Sept
Academic Career Planning
24th Nov, 12:30 - 3 pm
Bookings open 28th Sept

 Workshops for Research Staff Only (Academic Careers)

  • You must reserve your place through UCL Careers (link)
Academic Career Planning
9th Oct, 10 am - 12:30 pm
Bookings open end Sept
Effective Academic Applications
29th Oct, 12:30 - 3 pm
Bring your academic CV
Bookings open mid Oct
Academic Interview Skills
13th Nov, 10 am - 12:30 pm
Bookings open end Oct
Academic Career Planning
15th Dec, 12:30 - 3 pm
Bookings open end Nov

 Workshops open to both Research students and Research Staff (Non Academic Careers)

  • Research Staff: book your place through UCL Careers (link) - Note Bookings for research staff will open two weeks in advance of the date of delivery
Presenting your skills to non-academic recruiters: CVs & application form questions
14th Oct, 5:30 - 7 pm
Bring your CV
Marketing yourself in person: Non academic interview skills
19th Oct, 10:30 am - 12
Marketing yourself to non-academic recruiters: Cover letters & personal statements
11th Nov, 5:30 - 7 pm
Presenting your skills to non-academic recruiters: CVs & application form questions 17th Nov, 12:30 - 2pm
Bring your CV
Using Social Media in Your Job Hunt
1st Dec, 2 - 3:30 pm
ISD Training Room, B07 Torrington Place
Marketing yourself to non-academic recruiters: Cover letters & personal statements 7th Dec, 10 - 11:30 am
 Marketing yourself in person: Non academic interview skills  9th Dec, 5:30 - 7 pm

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.

Autumn Term 2015 Programme

Day/Date  Title Time
Thurs 15th Oct Introduction to Negotiation Skills with Capco 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Wed 21st Oct Case Study Interviews with Oliver Wyman 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Wed 28th Oct Networking skills with Civil Service Fast Stream 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Thurs 19th Nov Group Exercieses and Assessment Centres with PwC 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Thurs 26th Nov Interview Technique with Ark Schools 5:30pm – 7:30pm

How to Book

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

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.

Key External Links

Online Careers Libraries
Research Funding
Researcher Career Stories
 Academia Beyond the UK
Professional Development, Research Students
Professional Development, Research Staff