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UCL Careers provides dedicated support for UCL’s researcher community – in collaboration with the UCL Organisational Development.

This includes:

  • Research assistants
  • Research students (MRes & PhD) and
  • Postdoctoral research staff

Researchers have access to the range of services, resources and events highlighted on the three main areas of our site:

As a researcher at UCL, you also have bespoke access to the following:


One-to-one advice

We have a team of careers consultants with research backgrounds who work closely with UCL's researcher community and can provide support regardless of whether you're looking to continue in academia or explore other options.

Our “Researcher appointments” can be booked at any time through your myUCLCareers account and can be used to cover a range of queries from exploring options to getting support with applications/interview preparation.

myUCLCareers: Check appointment availability


Practice interviews

For those who have been invited to an interview, we also offer practice interviews where you can roleplay with one of our team and talk through the feedback they will provide.

Book a practice interview


Researchers' events programme

A series of careers consultant and employer-led workshops, talks and networking events aimed specifically at those with a research background. 

Event types

Event Calendar - Summer 2020


Researcher case studies

If you are starting to think about next steps and want to explore the vast range of career paths open to those with a research background, we have put together a series of over 200 case studies of PhD graduates from UCL* since 2004 to showcase the different areas that researchers move into following their PhD.

They are in the format of downloadable pdf documents or blog articles for you to read through but some are also available as ‘talking head’ style videos.

*We have also included some case studies of PhD graduates from other universities.

Search and view case studies


Sourced internships and other vacancies

If you are searching for current vacancies using our jobs board in your myUCLCareers account, please be aware that, in addition to using the filters provided to search by job type, industry sector or keyword, you can also apply the ‘Researchers filter’ to the job listings. This will then show specific vacancies which our team have sourced or identified as being exclusively aimed at researchers or where the recruiter is keen to receive applications from those with a research background.

myUCLCareers: View current vacancies


Researchers' blog and Twitter feed

You can also keep up to date with all things researcher-based that are going on at UCL Careers by following our researcher Twitter feed or our specialist blog – recent blog articles shown below:


Welcome to our Researchers Summer Term Programme

This terms UCL Careers researchers events programme is now online

In the current circumstances we have adapted our events programme online to give you support, advice and guidance during this confusing time. Take a look at all our upcoming events and sign up today! We’ve got lots for you to get involved with across employer events, careers consultant workshops, 1-1 appointments via Microsoft Teams and plenty of online blogs.

Welcome to Careers in the Public Sector!

Public Sector Month

Including: Government, HE, Policy and Professional bodies

Interested in a career within government? Want to utilise your research skills to support policy or create industry change? This month is a great opportunity for you to use your skills to make real change and support the development of research strategy in your interest areas. If you’re interested in facilitating research, creating policy change or working in Government, this month of events is for you!

Welcome to Careers in Communication & Research

Communication & Research Month

Interested in being on the other side of research? Making it readily available and easily digestible to the public? A career in communication could give you the opportunity to support research. Maybe you want to carry on in research for a non-academic organisation? Social and market research organisations are a great space to utilise your research skills in a business context.

Reflecting on Data Science & Data Analysis Careers for Researchers

Data Science & Data Analysis Month… let’s reflect:

After a busy month of events focused around all things data, we are reflecting on what it takes to excel. This industry is fast expanding with companies heavily investing in their data. The issue here then lies with know what role is suitable for you and where to start when currently (12 Dec 2019) there are over 2000 data scientist roles live on Indeed (indeed.co.uk). It is clear then our reflection this month should focus on what types of organisation could suit you.

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