The following list is the result of my own research to find relevant job sites that advertise jobs or provide information and support for PhD and postdoctoral researchers, who are in the process of job seeking or researching careers of interest.
It’s important to note that the list is not exhaustive and that Social Media, especially LinkedIn, also advertise jobs. Use the search facility and click on ‘jobs’ and also search for types of jobs and companies by clicking on ‘people’.
General job sites
Glassdoor.com – also good for researching companies
Science jobs and funding
Biotechnology jobs – search membership list
Plant science jobs ( you need to register on the site to access the job board)
Plant science discussion list (subscribe free of charge)
Kelly Scientific Services Also sign up to scientific recruitment consultancies and agencies in your country View company websites
International postdoctoral fellowships (list from the Fogarty International Center)
List of funding sources (courtesy of John Hopkins University)
EMBO – Funding, training and mobility
Specialist and technical administration
PhD to Consulting (LinkedIn group)
Environmental specific sectors
PSCI-COM (discussion list)
Association of Science – Technology Centres
Policy& Public Affairs
Learned Societies (membership, grants & careers)
For a comprehensive up-to-date list go to: www.biosciencecareers.org/p/learned-societies.html
Careers support organisations
CARE group (Careers Advice for Researchers in Europe) LinkedIn group
Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) (UK)
Association Bernard Gregory (France)
PostdocNL (The Netherlands)
Applications and personal development
LinkedIn www.linkedin.com – (join groups relevant to your field of interest)
Biocareer-related Twitter accounts
Ali, L. and Graham, B. 2000. Moving on in Your Career – A Guide for Academic Researchers and Postgraduates. Routledge/Falmer.
Blackford, S. 2013. Career planning for research bioscientists. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Freedman, T. 2008.Careers opportunities in biotechnology and drug discovery. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.
Newhouse, M. 1993. Outside the Ivory Tower – A guide for academics considering career alternatives. OCS/Harard University.
Persson, T. 202. The PhD Career Coaching Guide. Be so good they will hire you.
Robbins-Roth, C. 2006. Alternative careers in science. Leaving the ivory tower. 2nd ed. Burlington, MA: Elsevier.
Tardelli, M. 2020. The Salmon Leap for PhDs: A transition from academia to industry.
Tardelli, M. 2023. Beyond academia. Stories and strategies for PhDs making the leap from academia to industry.
Blaxter, L., Hughes, C. and Tight, M. 1998. The Academic Career Handbook. Open University Press.
Bodewits, K. 2017. You must be very intelligent. The PhD delusion. Springer.
Davidson C. and Ambrose S. 1994. The New Professors Handbook. Wiley Publishing.
Dee, P. 2006. Building a Successful Academic Career in Scientific Research. Cambridge University Press.
Delamont, S. and Atkinson, P. 2005. Successful Research Careers. Open University Press.
Elvidge, L., Spencely, C. and Williams, E. 2017. What every postdoc needs to know. London: World Scientific Publishing.
Gabrys, B.J. and Langdale, J.A. 2012. How to Succeed as a Scientist: From Postdoc to Professor. Cambridge University Press.
Goldsmith, J., Komlos. J. and Gold, P. 2001. Your Academic Career. Chicago University Press.
Ketteridge, S., Marshall, S. and Fry, H. 2002. The Effective Academic. London: Kogan Page.
Personal and professional development
Adams, D. and Sparrow, J. 2007. Enterprise for Life Scientists. Bloxham, UK: Scion Publishing Ltd.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 2006. Making the Right Moves – A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Post Docs and New Faculty. NY: Fireside, Simon and Schuster.
Levine, A.L. and Schmidt, B. 2015. Networking for nerds. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell
Applications and Interviews
AGCAS Special Interest booklet. 2007. Going for interviews. Graduate Prospects.
Corfield R. 1999. Preparing Your Own CV. London: Kogan Page.
Eggert, M. 1998. The perfect interview. Random House Business Books.
Jackson, T. 2004. The Perfect CV. Piatkus Books Ltd.
Miller, R. 1998. Promoting yourself at Interview. Richmond, London: Trotman.
Shapiro, M. and Straw S. 1999. Tackling tough interview questions in a week. London: Hodder & Stoughton/Institute of Management.
Shavick, A. 2005. Management level psychometric and assessment tests. Oxford: How to books Ltd.
Tolley, H. and Wood, R. 2010. How to succeed at an assessment centre. London: Kogan Page.
Williams, L. 2005. The ultimate interview book. London: Kogan Page.
Yate, M.J. 2003. The Ultimate CV Book. London: Kogan Page.
Yate, M.J. 2008. Great answers to tough interview questions. London: Kogan Page.
Cargill, M. and O’Connor, P.J. 2013. Writing Scientific Research articles. 2nd edition. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. http://www.writeresearch.com.au/
Day, R.A. and Gastel, B. 2006. How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper. 6th Ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.Kitchen, R. and Fuller, D. 2005. The Academic’s Guide to Publishing. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
McConnon, S. 2005. Presentation with Power. How to Books.
Shephard, K. 2005. Presenting at Conferences, Seminars and Meetings. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
Thody, A. 2006. Writing and Presenting Research. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
Hames, I. 2007. Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals: Guidelines for Good Practice. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Wager, E., Godlee, F. and Jefferson, T. 2002. How to Survive Peer Review. London: BMJ Books.