The Royal Society of Biology has found some useful information for potential Post Doctoral Researchers including career progression diagrams, advice about an academic life and job opportunities.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have created an idealised academic career progression diagram.
Vitae is the UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes. Vitae works with UK higher education institutions (HEIs) to embed professional and career development in the research environment. They play a major role in innovating, sharing practice and enhancing the capability of the higher education sector to provide world-class professional development and training of researchers.
The University of Manchester have a useful guide on their website entitled “An Academic Career” which contains information about what academics do, where to get advice and support and alternative options. For the guide please visit The University of Manchester website.
The Athena Project was established in 1999 by the UK higher education funding councils, Universities UK and Office of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry. Its aims are the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research to achieve a significant increase in the number of women recruited to top posts.
In achieving its aims Athena has worked in partnership with universities, research councils and SET professional and learned societies. The Forum is independent and is supported by the Royal Society. The other founding organisations were the Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Physics, and the Inter Academy Panel. The Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Society of Biology, and the London Mathematical Society are now also represented on the Forum
In January 2010 the Athena Forum has launched Signposting Career Paths for Post Doctoral Researchers Guide and Bookmark. The guide provides accessible, useful and practical advice for early careers researchers, helping them think about and plan their career and progression.
For more information about the Forum and the guide please visit the Athena Forum website.
FindAPostDoc is Europe's only web site dedicated solely to postdoctoral job opportunities.
Jobs.ac.uk is a useful website for jobs in science, research, academic and administrative employment in the UK & abroad.