G-Research: a career for PhDs and researchers in quantitative research and technology

G-Research is a growing quantitative research and technology company, serving the finance industry that recruits PhDs mainly from STEM backgrounds, directly after graduation. It looks to help them build a long term career within the company. There are >450 staff and turnover is very low, particularly in quantitative research.

The company requires a strong academic background. This need not be field specific but an interest in finance is essential and this must be combined with good technical skills.

The company values creativity, open-mindedness and collaboration, offering an informal work culture with no weekend or late evening working. G-Research works in several disciplines and offers lots of variety with the prospect of projects showing benefits relatively quickly compared to pure academic research. They take the view that all research is valuable and that no efforts are wasted.

The company welcomes informal approaches to discuss opportunities prior to a formal application and this is recommended. Interviews place great importance on applicant’s technical skills, cultural fit and ability to communicate their ideas. They recommend that applicants do some research on the company before applying as they see commitment to their values and business model as important.

For new recruits, there is no formal training programme such as might be found on a graduate scheme but individual development is strongly supported. New staff are provided with a supportive line manager and mentor and given the opportunity to join study groups built around particular research themes. There is a great deal of informal learning and people are encouraged to keep up to date with their field through supported attendance at conferences & talks.

How to be well informed about working in life science

I want to work in the life science industry: How do I become more commercially aware?

As a PhD student or postdoctoral researcher, you may be considering a job in the life science industry. Without any previous industry experience, it can be an uphill struggle to show that you understand the sector, how it works, and how they make their money. This knowledge is known as commercial awareness and can take some time to develop. Often, it is developed once you are in a sector, as you become familiar with how the organisation works.  However, many employers want you to illustrate that you have commercial awareness on your CV and in an interview. It is therefore worth doing some research and trying to gain a little more expertise in this area. It will make a big difference to your chances of securing an industry job.

Here are four tips on how to do this:

 Hang out where industry people hang out!

Membership organisations such as OBN, OBR and OneNucleus often organise networking events where you can learn about current trends in life science and meet people from industry. Go along to an event, update your knowledge of the sector and speak to people about their jobs. It sounds obvious but networking within academic circles will not improve your understanding of how industry works.

Understand the sector

The life science sector has undergone a lot of changes over the last 20 years, with new business models evolving. Do your research to understand what is happening e.g. new business models now means that research and development happens within a range of organisations such as biopharmaceutical companies, medical technology companies, contract research organisations and not for profits.

Begin your research by reading online publications and following relevant people and organisations on Twitter e.g. The Government Office for Life Science. The following articles also give an overview of the life science sector in both the UK and globally, respectively:

Enter life science business competitions

There are several competitions that can help scientists learn about the commercialisation of research, which is an important part of developing commercial awareness. Try to enter such competitions as they often provide some training as well as exposure to industry experts.

 Get some work experience

This is difficult to achieve whilst continuing to do your research. You are already in a full-time job, after all! Some researchers take annual leave and some work at the weekends to broaden their expertise.  If potential work experience will benefit your current research or your PI, it might be possible to organise some time away from the laboratory.

Here are a few ideas for gaining work experience that will improve your commercial awareness:

  • Look out for part-time work opportunities doing consultancy work. These are sometimes posted on the Kings College London Graduate School Blog. Also look at the OBR website or Freshminds for occasional consultancy opportunities.
  • Sign up to the Kings Research Consultancy where you have the chance to work with an external organisation on a topic that relates to your research.
  • Look out for part-time work opportunities or project based work that can be done alongside your research. Look at Kings JobOnline for such opportunities and look for roles that have a business or commercial focus.
  • Keep up to date with business issues that relate to King’s researchers, by subscribing to and reading the Kings College London Graduate School Blog. Search in the ‘Business’ category on the right-hand side.

Many thanks to Dr. Tracy Bussoli for this guest blog. Find more about Tracy here.

Work After Studies Webinars

Do you have questions about working in the UK after study?

Working In The UK After Study: Tier 4 Visa Holders: March 20th , 14.00

This webinar is aimed at students on a UK Tier 4 visa who are considering working in the UK after their studies. It will look at the current immigration rules and regulations for Points Based System routes, including Tier 2 (General), Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) and Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange). We will also discuss employability and career planning in this context. Connect to the webinar here: https://thecareersgroup.adobeconnect.com/ukworkafterstudy/

 Work and PhD level research in the UK: Tier 4 Visa Holders: March 23, 14:00

This webinar is aimed at students on a UK Tier 4 visa who are considering working in the UK after their studies, with particular relevance to those on a PhD course. It will look at the current immigration rules and regulations for Points Based System routes, including Tier 4 (Doctorate Extension Scheme) and Tier 2 (General). Connect to the webinar here: https://thecareersgroup.adobeconnect.com/ukworkanddoctoralextensionschemeforoverseasgrads/

 

 

Internship Opportunities Available for Postgraduates

Considering Part-time Work alongside your Degree? Wanting to Develop New Skills through a Paid Internship?

Many students chose to engage in part-time work to help fund their studies or to gain skills to help with employability. Knowing this we thought we would share some opportunities which are available exclusively to KCL students! Please see the list below to see what opportunities interest you.

Make sure that you read through the eligibility criteria carefully and apply as directed through the advertisement.

Good luck!

For more information about King’s CareerConnect please see here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/services/careers/about/CareerConnect/CareerConnect.aspx

Internship Opportunities Available for Postgraduates

Considering Part-time Work alongside your Degree? Wanting to Develop New Skills through a Paid Internship?

Many students chose to engage in part-time work to help fund their studies or to gain skills to help with employability. Knowing this we thought we would share some opportunities which are available exclusively to KCL students! Please see the list below to see what opportunities interest you.

Make sure that you read through the eligibility criteria carefully and apply as directed through the advertisement.

Good luck!

Can’t find anything you’re interested in? Why not look here: http://recruit.thecareersgroup.co.uk/KingsCollege/vacancies/vacancymenu.asp, for more opportunities!

If you have a question about the King’s Internships Schemes and wish to talk to one of the King’s Internships team in person, you can come along to one a King’s Internships drop-in session.

At the Drop-Ins, the King’s Internships team can help you by:

  • Explaining the different stages of the King’s Internships application process and how the programme works;
  • Advising on what you can do to help your application stand out;
  • Answering questions regarding specific internship opportunities advertised on the King’s Internships portal;
  • Providing general advice around how to find an internship, through King’s Internships or via different channels.