Monthly Archives: November 2011

Welcome to Bioscience Careers

BioscienceCareers is aimed at bioscientists working or studying in Higher Education. It features resources, news, events and other information to help you in your quest for a successful and fulfilling career. Whatever your career plans may be this site can help you.

This is a new site which is aiming to become a must-have for bioscientists looking for high quality careers support. Watch this space ….

Support organisations

The following organisations and funding bodies offer support to postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students in different countries. The extent of support varies with Vitae offering the most extensive range of workshops, activities and resources, many of which you will find useful whichever country you are based in.

Learned societies
e.g. Society for Experimental Biology

Initiated by the European Research Area, this site is a hub for researchers looking for work in Europe. It advertises PhD and research positions too.

European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers. 


The European Molecular Biology Organisation supports researchers by providing a platform for scientific exchange as well as career events, activities and workshops.

This site which is part of the Nature site, provides advice on careers, mentoring and networking as well as advertising jobs.

Owned by AAAS, this initiative is part of Science magazine and offers advice and advertises jobs to scientific researchers.

National Institutes of Health
USA medical research agency

National Science Foundation
Independent US federal agency

Fulbright Commission
An exchange programme between the US and non-US countries.

Research Councils UK
Including BBSRC and NERC

Championing the personal and professional development
of postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the UK

Brainpower (Austria)

Association Bernard Gregory (France)

Kisswin (Germany)


Postdoc Associations

Any club or membership organisation can help people to get together with similar interests. Postdoctoral associations exist locally within research institutions and universities (see if there is one where you work), as well as at the national level and even at the international level. If you can’t find one relevant or accessible to your needs, try looking for other organisations such as learned societies, professional associations related to your disciplinary interests or alumni groups.

Here is a list of some of the postdoctoral associations I know about. You may know of others:

International Consortium of Research Staff Assocations (iCORSA);

World Association of Young Scientists

National Postdoctoral Association (USA)

Research Staff Associations in the UK

Irish Research Staff Association

Association National of Doctors (France)

Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars

Undergraduate support organisations

Many universities have their own Careers Service (sometimes known as the employability or enterprise centre) to assist students to find work after graduation. They have careers information and run workshops where employers provide insights into their profession. In addition, they may host a jobs or postgraduate fair where graduate employers and admissions tutors attend to recruit students. These types of events are also run at a national level in many countries. Careers advisers can also help students to write and improve their CV or resumé or to fill out complex application forms. I would suggest that you seek out your careers service as a first point of call but the following websites will also give you some additional help at the general level and for particular subject disciplines:

Country profiles
Contains information about job vacancies, visa information and country culture.

European mobility and CVs
A network of resource centres across Europe
National Association of Colleges and Employers, NACE (USA)

Official graduate careers website including information on jobs in the UK and overseas, careers advice and postgraduate study

UK Job Sectors:

(Information may still be of interest to students and graduates outside the UK).