Chris Jeffs


BA Biological Sciences (University of Oxford); MRes Entomology (Imperial College London); DPhil Ecology (University of Oxford)

Previous experience

Chris began his career within academic research focusing on climate change ecology, completing a DPhil (PhD) and postdoctoral research position at the University of Oxford's former Department of Zoology.

Chris secured a career transition beyond academia to lead science communication, public engagement, and career development work at the British Ecological Society, an international charity and learned society for research staff and students. His work there involved: organising public exhibitions, events, and large-scale school outreach programmes; delivering career development support for students and researchers; fundraising through leading applications for large and small grants and donations; founding and managing a bursary scheme supporting the career development of students experiencing financial barriers.

Chris has worked as a freelance science communicator, mentor/tutor, and project manager for clients conducting ecological surveying and public engagement work.

Chris currently provides support for students at all stages, with a focus on students and research staff at Oxford.

Colleges & departments

Chris works with the following departments and colleges:

  • Department of Computer Science, Department of Statistics, Mathematical Institute, Blavatnik School of Government, Centre for Teaching and Learning.
  • Kellogg College, Reuben College, Linacre College, Wolfson College, and Trinity College.

Chris offers career support to research staff across all the departments, divisions and colleges at the University of Oxford.

To see when Chris is available for appointments, browse the ‘Appointments’ section on CareerConnect.

Areas of interest

Academia and Education; Biology and Environment; Sustainability; Technology (IT & Data Science etc.); International Development & Organisations; Charities; Public Engagement and Science Communication; Researcher Professional Development; Postgraduate Study.

Chris also focuses on support for DPhil students and research staff, and coordinates the ‘Careers Beyond Academia’ conference for researchers exploring career transitions.

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