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.

As postdoctorals, postgraduate and undergraduate students you will have different needs according to the stage of your career and career aims to this site has been split into sections:

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

Medical Writing

Are you potentially interested in medical writing? You don’t have to be working in medical research in order to get into this profession (but obviously an interest in medicine and medical research would be an advantage – as well as possessing excellent writing skills).

The following courses are intended for post-docs and PhD students:

Oxford on 9 January 2012 – The event will be held at the Medical Sciences Teaching Sciences, Centre (MSTC), South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PL.

Manchester on 8 March 2012 – The event will be held at the Sackville Street Building, University of Manchester.
Full Details are at

London on 13 July 2012 – The event will be held at the Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL.
Full Details are at

The events provide the opportunity to meet with a number of medical communications (MedComms) professionals for a highly engaging session which presents medical writing and account management in MedComms as an attractive career option. Attendees are simply asked to register in advance by emailing their name and current position to Peter Llewellyn to confirm their place. 

Career Profiles
What is it like to be a Medical Writer and how can you get into this career? Three profiles will give you a personal insight:
Caroline (freelance) 

Further information
Medical Communication information

European Medical Writer’s Association              
American Medical Writer’s Association                 

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)


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).