News Flash for Researchers | The Careers Service News Flash for Researchers – Oxford University Careers Service
Oxford logo

New careers resources

Investing in a research degree or a postdoc is an important step in your career.

If you’ve found your way to this page you’re likely to have spotted our new dedicated pages for research students and research staff. These pages provide specific careers advice and signpost our top resources for maximising your opportunities, whether in academia and/or beyond.

You can also download this term’s menu of Careers Workshops for Research Students and Research Staff, plus a leaflet summarising our services.

Make yourself a coffee and go browsing.


Events and opportunities for researchers

Fellowships & Interviews Workshop for Research Staff

When: Wednesday 10 April, 9:30 – 12:30
Where: Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

A very informative workshop, which is organised by Oxford Research Staff Society (OxRSS) and delivered in collaboration with Oxford University Research Services and the Careers Service.

Research fellowships offer researchers an unparalleled opportunity to advance their academic career, and as a result, the applications process for a fellowship is highly competitive.

If you’re curious about the process of applying for a research fellowship, want to find out more about how fellowship schemes work and who they aim to attract, or you are looking for a chance to review and practice your fellowships interview techniques, please come along to this workshop.

To register attendance, please email lorraine.mumtaz@ndm.ox.ac.uk


Insight into Academia: To PhD or not PhD?

When: Wednesday 8 May, 13:00 – 14:00
Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

Insight into Academia is a series of informal seminars and informal ‘conversations’, exploring opportunities for an academic career within and beyond the UK, important decisions along the way and what it takes to thrive as an academic.

The seminar To PhD or Not to PhD? is open to anyone considering applying for a PhD. In this session we will cover the steps you might take to discover whether a PhD is the right course of action for you, and discuss how to choose the best institution and programme for you. We will also briefly talk about the application process and funding.

The next Insight into Academia seminar, Positioning for Academic Progression (Making your DPhil count), will run on 18 June; see the relevant Career Connect page for details.

 All welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch with you.

To reserve a place please go to CareerConnect


CVs and Cover Letters for Non-Academic Jobs

When: Monday 20 May, 14:00 – 17:00
Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

This intensive workshop on producing effective CVs and Cover Letters is specifically for research staff and doctoral students considering jobs in the policy, commercial, public or other non-academic sectors.

Using a mix of individual and informal small group exercises, we will

  • understand and recognise the characteristics of effective CVs and cover letters
  • critique the strengths and weaknesses of our own and colleagues’ draft CVs and cover letters

All research staff and doctoral students welcome. To reserve a place please go to CareerConnect


Presentation and Interview Skills

When: Wednesday 12 June, 13:30 – 16:00
Where:
The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

Are you keen to feel more confident when standing up in front of others, or at an interview? All of us know that the way a story is told makes all the difference. We either engage with the person and their topic, or our mind wanders. Researchers typically have many excellent insights, yet their presentation skills may not do justice to their knowledge or abilities to think on their feet.

Come and join us for a relaxed, practical workshop to help you respond clearly, powerfully and in a relaxed spontaneous manner, even in stressful situations. We will draw on feedback from panels and improvisation techniques to try out new ways to tell our stories and gain feedback from peers. You will have the option to practice different techniques in a supportive environment

All welcome. To reserve a place please go to CareerConnect


Too Late to Change Direction?

When: Monday 17 June, 14:00 – 17:00
Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

 Of course not! It’s never too late for a career change… But perhaps you are wondering “Is this right for me? And if so, how do I start the process or make more effective steps forward?”

In this workshop we will apply a design approach to integrating your career thinking with your life aspirations. You will learn from your experiences in academic research, consider your ‘workview’ and ‘lifeview’ to find the intersections, and practice ways of moving forward with some potential plans. We will use visual methods to explore options for the coming five years, and learn strategies for narrowing down your options. These include an evidence-informed framework for assessing a potential career move and some practical strategies to assist decision-making.

We will also discuss the possibility of combining aspects of academia with another role, and how to find any elements you love about academic life in other sectors or roles.

All welcome. To reserve a place please go to CareerConnect


Insight into Academia: Positioning for Academic Progression

When: Tuesday 18 June,  13:00 – 14:00
Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

Insight into Academia is a series of informal seminars and informal ‘conversations’, exploring opportunities for an academic career within and beyond the UK, important decisions along the way and what it takes to thrive as an academic.

Today many more people are choosing to do a PhD, but jobs within academia are not growing at the same rate. How then can you make your DPhil count? This seminar looks at current priorities in academic recruitment and what you can do while studying at Oxford to ensure you are well-equipped for your next steps.

An earlier Insight into Academia seminar, To PhD or not to PhD?, will run on Wednesday 8 May; see the relevant Career Connect page for details.

All welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch with you

To reserve a place please go to CareerConnect


Research-Related Careers in Higher Education

When: Thursday 27 June, 14:00 – 17:00
Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

This session is designed to delve deeper into career options that will use and develop your skills to facilitate research at Universities.

Joining us will be several early and mid-career members of Oxford’s Research Services working at central, Divisional and departmental levels and spanning the major subject areas. These colleagues will share their experiences of what the transition meant to them, aspects of their new role they find inspiring, challenging and/or surprising as compared to their experiences in academia, their progression possibilities and top tips for preparing for such roles.

In small groups we will identify what you already have in your bank of experience, as well as your technical and broader, ‘soft’ skillset, that is of current value and will be needed in the future as the HE sector evolves. We will discuss how to build on these assets in your current roles at Oxford, and how to communicate their relevance to best effect through professional networking and job applications.

All welcome. To reserve a place please go to CareerConnect


Other opportunities

Careers Conference for Researchers: podcasts arriving shortly

Thanks to everyone who attended the Careers Conference for Researchers and gave us feedback on the day; your comments and suggestions will be used to help us shape next year’s event. If you haven’t already left feedback it isn’t too late to do this online here.

Podcasts of the morning panel talks by former researchers will be made available soon on our ‘What others have done‘ page: watch this space for updates on availability!

You can still download the conference booklet here, and view the programme here.


Skill-building opportunity for research staff and DPhils

Are you curious about careers beyond academia? Do you want to develop your core employability skills and broaden your professional network?

Places are now available to research staff and DPhil students on the research-careers.org editorial team.

With support from the Careers Service, this vibrant and supportive team of Oxford postdocs, RAs and DPhil students curates a growing collection of career profiles from PhD-holders who have moved into jobs in many different sectors beyond academic research.

Together, the team is building an increasingly popular, open-access resource giving unique insights to researchers looking to make similar career transitions.

Find out more about becoming an editor by emailing contact@research-careers.org

You, and your CV, will gain from:

  • discovering fascinating roles and sectors where research skills are valued
  • networking opportunities with potential authors (both employees and employers)
  • tangible evidence of your initiative, self-management and planning skills through the publication of your own set of profiles

You can also following the team on Twitter and LinkedIn.


2020/21 Fellowship Opportunity at Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study

Applications are now open for the for 2020/21 Fellowships.

Fellowships are available for a 3-month period between October 2020 and March 2021. Applications are considered from researchers or non-academics who have a well-established or strongly emerging international reputation, have made major contributions to their field, and can provide evidence of research leadership and/or public impact. They are expected to have played, or demonstrated the potential to play, a significant role in shaping their discipline or field through their outputs, achievements and indicators of esteem.

Please note that these Fellowships are not available to undergraduate or postgraduate students. At the time of application, a completed PhD is the minimum requirement for applicants undertaking a traditional academic trajectory, or an equivalent level of experience in other areas.

The closing date for applications is 7 June 2019.

The full details of the Fellowship scheme are available at www.dur.ac.uk/ias/fellows/furtherparticulars, and application details can be found at www.dur.ac.uk/ias/fellows/apply/.

This information was last updated on 05 April 2019.
Loading... Please wait
Recent blogs about News Flash for Researchers

DPhils – Internships are for you too!

Blogged by Rachel Bray on 06/03/2019.

Internships are one of the best ways to inform your next career steps, and make your CV shine. So, let’s bust any myths that internships are for undergrads only, or are always too long to fit into a busy schedule.

Many placements welcome the research experience and maturity of PhD students. Our Internship Office offers you the opportunity to apply for 2 to 5-day placements in 9th or 10th week with the Micro-Internship Programme, and/or a few weeks in the summer with our Summer Internship Programme.

This Master List catalogues all UK internships made available through the Summer Internship Programme by sector and location, including many placements in local Universities or other HE institutions.

Remember: You can apply for one or two internships in this batch and the deadline is 11 March.  

From 12 March we will release our late rounds of UK and international summer internships, so make sure to check out all available opportunities and apply via CareerConnect.

Skill-building opportunity for research staff and DPhils

Blogged by Rachel Bray on 31/01/2019.

Are you curious about careers beyond academia? Do you want to develop your core employability skills and broaden your professional network?

Places are now available to research staff and DPhil students on the research-careers.org editorial team.

With support from the Careers Service, this vibrant and supportive team of Oxford postdocs, RAs and DPhil students curates a growing collection of career profiles from PhD-holders who have moved into jobs in many different sectors beyond academic research.

Together, the team is building an increasingly popular, open-access resource giving unique insights to researchers looking to make similar career transitions.

Find out more about becoming an editor by emailing contact@research-careers.org

You, and your CV, will gain from:

  • discovering fascinating roles and sectors where research skills are valued
  • networking opportunities with potential authors (both employees and employers)
  • tangible evidence of your initiative, self-management and planning skills through the publication of your own set of profiles

You can also following the team on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Researchers, are you looking for some support?

Blogged by Rachel Bray on 24/01/2019.

Oxford’s two Careers Advisers dedicated to research students and research staff are keen to hear your suggestions for workshops on any aspect of career progression, or insight into what is on offer for you.

Your department was alerted to this opportunity in December, and expressions of interest are due in by 1 February.

What do I do next?

DPhil students – please talk to your peers in your own or related departments about what would be most useful, then tell your departmental Graduate Studies Coordinator who can send in a request to reception@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Research staff – please identify key interests with your colleagues, then let your departmental HR lead know to send these to reception@careers.ox.ac.uk.

To see what is already on offer to you:

Researchers: free online career management course starts 21 January

Blogged by Rebecca Ehata on 15/01/2019.

If you’re looking to refresh your career thinking in 2019, the upcoming course ‘Career Management for Early Career Academic Researchers‘ may be for you.

Developed by careers advisers specialising in support for early career researchers, this 4-week online course covers the following topics:

  • Factors that are important when considering future career development including key drivers, strengths, interests, personality, and values and how these impact on career choice
  • Experience, skills and qualifications that aid progression in an academic career and how to build relevant experience
  • Common career areas researchers enter outside academic research and how to generate and research individual career ideas
  • CVs for different roles and how to present experience effectively when applying for academic and non-academic jobs
  • What to expect at academic and non-academic interviews, and how to prepare effectively for these

Previous participants have found the course to be an effective aid to career planning:

This course has been fantastic, particularly as I am at a stage where I am finishing my PhD and was worrying about what comes next. I didn’t realise a lot of the things about academic and non-academic career paths, and have found the self reflection tasks invaluable.”

 “The course is impeccably designed, perfectly structured and neatly organised.”

 “My motivation to take control of finding my future career has increased exponentially from the day I started this course.”

The course starts on Monday 21 January: sign up now for your free place.

International Careers Day 2019

Blogged by Corina Lacurezeanu on 14/01/2019.
  • When: Saturday 19 January 2019
  • Where: The Blavatnik School of Government

Find a Global Career

At the International Careers Day fair you have the opportunity to meet a diverse range of experts and organisations to discuss international careers, such as those in NGOs, charities, development consultancies, educational establishments, international and regional institutions and more.

Download the Fair Booklet

Read more about the fair and see a full list of exhibitors here.

Fair Timetable

  • Alumni@ International Careers Day
    09:45 – 11:00, Lecture Theatre 2
  • The World Bank Group Presentation
    10:00 – 11:00, Lecture Theatre 1
  • Exhibitors
    11:00 – 14:30, Seminar Rooms 2 – 4
  • Panel Session – First Steps on the Ladder: Development Policy & Practice
    12:30 – 13:30, Lecture Theatre 1
  • Talk – Exclusive Global Internships for Oxford Students
    13:45 – 14:30, Lecture Theatre 1

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

This page displays current related blog posts. If none display, you can still stay up-to-date with our newsletter sent regularly to all Oxford students.

Older posts can be found in our archive of past blogs.