New to research or moving on?

Then take a look at Vitae:against-the-current-fish

  • Find the Vitae resources most relevant to you by visiting our routemaps
  • Make the most of professional development opportunities, and create new ones with the PDP ROC
  • Learn the basics of research: Read our pages on ‘Becoming a researcher’, ‘Language of research’, ‘Typical milestones’…

Watch our recorded Q&A: “How to make a successful start in research”

STEM search

stemgraduateslogo_0815.Take a look at if you’re looking for a science, engineering, IT or maths permanent graduate job – whether you’ve studied for an undergraduate, postgraduate or research degree.  You can also test which is your strongest IT language.

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Long Term)

Toji Temple Glowing at EveningJapan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Long Term) provides the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese universities and research institutions for visits of between 12-24 months.

Eligible applicants should be citizens of the UK or EU and need to have finished their PhD at a UK university or research institution at the time of applying to start their fellowship in Japan or have obtained their PhD after the stipulated date.

Eligible research fields are limited to natural sciences, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering science, agricultural and medical research (non-clinical only), scientific aspects of archaeology, geography, experimental psychology and the history of science.

Applications for this fellowship should be submitted to The Royal Society; visit for more information.

Research blogger?

blogbuttonAlready blogging, or interested in getting started?   ‘For many ‘blogging’ is still seen as an individualised activity and yet multi author blogging is increasingly becoming the norm …. This podcast from the School of Advanced Study (SAS) explores the difference between single author and multi author blogs, explaining the benefits of each and offering some practical advice on getting started as a research blogger.’

NC3Rs funding schemes

The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) is an independent scientific organisation. Tasked by Government, they support the UK science base by driving and funding innovation and technological developments that replace or reduce the need for animals in research and testing, and lead to improvements in welfare where animals continue to be used.’

‘They have awarded grants across a range of disciplines including physiology, pharmacology, neurosciences, immunology, toxicology and cancer biology.’

Academic CVs – top 10 errors, and how to get help

This article on the Guardian Higher Education Network highlights the worst ones.

The Vitae website is a great resource – with examples of academic, skills based and chronological CVs, and you’re welcome to visit the PCC for a CV review once you’re happy with your draft.