Whether you want to find PhD opportunities or are a researcher looking for postdoctoral or other research opportunities, there is dedicated support available.
To get you started, there are a number of useful resources provided which will help make your search for a research position a success.
Digital careers library
Log in to our digital careers library to download our range of help sheets for researchers* which give information on finding PhD positions or other opportunities aimed at PhDs and early career researchers. You can also search for more general resources on PhDs. *These guides are also available to collect from UCL Careers.
Opportunities on myUCLCareers
This is the main site that employers and PhD providers are encouraged to use when recruiting UCL students, recent graduates and research staff. There will also be opportunities specifically aimed at PhDs and postdocs advertised which have been proactively sourced by UCL Careers team as well as our parent body The Careers Group, University of London.
- Use the 'Vacancy Type', 'Business Area' or other filters to search for specific vacancies in areas such as 'Academic research and higher education' or other areas that you're interested in or use the 'Quick search' to find opportunities using keywords such as 'PhD'.
- You'll also find a 'Researchers filter' in the left menu as many jobs on our site have been flagged as being more suitable to those with a PhD or research experience.
- Save your search criteria to speed things up next time you log in.
- Through your account profile, register to receive daily or weekly vacancy updates by email based on these preferences and never miss a new posting. (For students only).
- Your myUCLCareers home screen will then also highlight new vacancies that match your chosen preferences each time you log in.
UCL Talent Bank
Our exclusive shortlisting service is designed to put you directly in touch with small-to-medium sized organisations - we have set up a shortlisting service connecting UCL PhD researchers and postdocs with opportunities in organisations in a range of industries.
We actively source relevant opportunities for potential UCL candidates and present shortlisted applications to employers.
If you're looking for research positions at UCL specifically, visit the UCL Human Resources page where you can view and apply for current vacancies as well as sign-up for email alerts to be updated on new opportunities as soon as they're advertised.
Other key job sites
Through our digital careers library, search for areas of interest.
For example; 'academia', 'research', 'PhD' etc...(or areas outside of research such as 'consultancy', 'healthcare', 'politics', 'teaching'), then select 'Job site or Directory' from the 'Refine by keyword' list to find links to external job sites for that sector.
Alternatively, simply use the search tag 'job site' for sites that cover a range of different sectors. You can also search for 'recruitment agency directories' to find details of agencies that provide opportunities for researchers.
Job hunting globally
Many of the sites below will focus on UK-based opportunities. For those planning research overseas, more specific resources are available.
Overseas recruiters do target UCL and will advertise opportunities through us. Log in to your myUCLCareers account as above and use the 'Country' filter or 'Quick search' to find opportunities in specific countries/regions.
UCL Careers subscribes to this online resource to give you direct access to country-specific resources including:
- 'Career guides' which will list local job search resources
- A 'jobs' vacancy search engine (use keywords like PhD to find research opportunities)
- An 'employer directory'
Global on our digital careers library
Come to an event
We organise a wide range of events where you can find out more about specific job opportunities or learn more about where to find them and improve your job hunting techniques.
- Researchers Employability Programme (All year round): A series of Careers Consultant led talks and employer-led networking/recruitment/skills development events aimed at recent PhD students and postdoctoral research staff which includes talks on successful academic job hunting amongst other topics plus opportunities to network with professionals from a range of sectors to find out more about job hunting, key vacancy sites and routes in to different sectors for those with a research background.
- Career Essentials Programme (Repeated throughout the year): A series of Careers Consultant led talks aimed at all students and recent graduates which includes sessions on finding, funding and applying for PhDs amongst other topics.
Get one-to-one advice
Even with the relevant tools and resources, finding the right opportunities for you can still be a tricky process.
Through our 'Short guidance' appointments, you can meet with one of our Careers Consultants to discuss where you've been looking so far, explore other avenues and get more tailored tips and advice on improving your own personal search for research opportunities.