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Information for Postdocs

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.

Careers Service

The University Careers Service has a programme of events and two careers advisors specifically for postdocs in the Life Sciences.  Their 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.  The University  Partner Institutions have also 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 Sciences Postdoc Careers for further information or email the Life Science Postdoc team at

Research Funding

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):

- individual development plan tool

- handbooks on non-academic careers



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. 


Athena Forum

Guide to signposting career paths for postdoctoral researchers - click here for a link. 


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Welcome to the Graduate School of Life Sciences

We are the largest centre for research and professional training in the Life Sciences in the UK, offering a very special experience to a community of around 2000 graduate students across departments within the School of the Biological Sciences, School of Clinical Medicine and eleven University Partner Institutes in the Cambridge area.

Every year some of the world's brightest and most determined students are attracted by the opportunity to carry out research projects with renowned scientists in a vibrant, multidisciplinary environment at one of the world's most respected research-led universities.

The School co-ordinates funding opportunities within the Life Sciences for their postgraduate education, as well as ensuring students receive the highest quality supervision and training.