An Academic Career

How to find job adverts

Online resources

In spite of the importance of using your contacts to find out about jobs before they are advertised, adverts still have a critical place in filling academic roles. Here are some useful sources:


University websites

Most universities advertise their vacancies on their own websites. If you wish to target specific institutions, keep a close watch on their own vacancy sites.


Academic job websites

Three of the most common sources of academic jobs are:

UK

  • Jobs.ac.uk - the most commonly used academic vacancy site in the UK (also includes non-UK academic vacancies)
  • Times Higher Education - has a searchable online jobs database as well as the weekly magazine

US

Other useful sources (in alphabetical order)

  • Academia360 - a meta-links site with links to academic jobs sources by discipline in the USA, Canada, UK and Australia
  • AcademicjobsEU - academic jobs site covering a number of European academic institutions 
  • Academic Transfer - academic jobs site from the Netherlands
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities - member university vacancy site, searchable by discipline and location
  • Career.edu - international jobs board (based in the Netherlands) for universities and government research agencies
  • Education Guardian - the Education section of the Guardian daily newspaper is published every Tuesday. Higher Education jobs vacancies are also available online
  • European Union EURAXESS - research jobs site from the European Commission, including links to academic job sources across Europe and a Fellowship search facility
  • FindAPostDoc - searchable database of post-doctoral research vacancies (UK based, primarily European vacancies)
  • Higher Ed Jobs - US site but includes many international jobs
  • Nature Jobs - jobs site from Nature magazine
  • Science Careers - job site from Science magazine

Dr Caroline Bowsher explains how she applied for her Research Fellowship and how she decided where to take it.

Finding funding for fellowships and research grants

In addition to using the job websites shown above, the following resource may lead you to fellowships and research grants specific to your discipline:

  • ResearchProfessional - funding database from ResearchResearch.com. This is the most comprehensive database available in the UK for research awards.

    It covers post-doctoral fellowships, postgraduate scholarships, plus smaller prizes and awards for researchers, as well as substantial research grants available to support academic research. It includes both UK and international awards, and is searchable by eligibility as well as type of award.

    Your institution may have a licence to access this site on campus. If so, you can also register to gain personal access when off-campus (official university email address required for registration).

Help with finding research funding within universities

Many universities have staff dedicated to supporting academics to bring in funding for research. They may be located within faculties or schools, or be a central service.

Find out if your institution operates such a service, and ask them about resources you can access or help with finding funding for doctoral research, post-doctoral fellowships or other research funding opportunities.


Doctoral research opportunities

  • FindAPhD - searchable PhD opportunity database, including details of funding available for each opportunity
  • Postgraduate Studentships - advertises studentships and funding for doctoral and masters programmes
  • Prospects - searchable postgraduate study database
  • Fulbright Awards - doctoral (and post-doctoral) research in the USA (UK citizens only)
Many of the job sites shown above also advertise doctoral (and Masters) research opportunities, in particular, jobs.ac.uk.