The GSLS recognises the critical role that postdoctoral fellows play in producing cutting edge research and aims to support them during their time at Cambridge, but also for any future position they undertake. To this end, we offer a wide range of skills development activities and support to our postdoctoral fellows. Information on available training can be found on our Skills Development webpage.
We encourage postdocs to connect with local postdoctoral fellow organisations which exist in many Departments and Institutes and University Partner Institutions.
The University Careers Service has a programme of events and a full time careers advisor specifically for postdocs in the Life Sciences. This programme includes individual careers guidance, practice interviews, practical career workshops, and large career conferences on themes ranging from securing independent funding to getting ideas about non-research career options. Most Partner Institutions have subscribed to this service. To access this support you need to register with the Careers Service, which only takes a few minutes. If you are already registered with the Careers Service, go to the Life Sciences Postdoc Portal for further information or email our Post-Doc Careers Advisor, Dr Anne Forde.
Finding your own funding, such as a fellowship, is an important step in gaining your scientific independence. The Research Office offers expert help from finding funding to calculating your project costs correctly and access to international funding databases such as ResearchProfessional.
Outside the GSLS there is a flourishing postdoc society, Postdocs of Cambridge, PdOC. PdOC offers a range of information and support. This include advice on how to get involved in supervising (college teaching in small groups), other types of college affiliations. In addition to these internal resources, there are many websites that postdoctoral fellows should consider visiting:
Science Careers (run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science):
Vitae is a UK-based organisation designed to support post-graduates and research staff
International Consortium of Research Staff Associations
A newly formed organization to give a global voice to research staff and postdoctoral scholars. Click here for a link.
Guide to signposting career paths for postdoctoral researchers - click here for a link.