Careers Liaison Link for SSPP Faculty

The Graduate School is recruiting a post-doctoral researcher to work with us promoting our careers and employability services to researchers as well as developing and maintaining communication between us and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Public Policy on careers related issues.

The post will give you a chance to develop your networking, organising and liaison skills as well as helping influence the development of the careers service for research students and staff within the Faculty.

The post is a fixed term contract for one year and pays £500.

Job Description

Specification:    Post – doctoral researcher based within the Faculty

Reporting to:     Faculty Head of Graduate Studies; Careers Consultant for PhDs (CCP)

Purpose of role: Collaborate with the HOGS and the Careers Consultant for PhDs in order to provide information and support to PhDs about career development opportunities, and to create a culture where careers within and outside academia are discussed

The role entails:

  • Facilitating effective communication of events and services to PhDs within the relevant Faculty, in collaboration with Faculty professional services staff, and the CCP.
  • Be the main communication channel between the Faculty and the CCP. This will likely include, but is not restricted to, information regarding Faculty changes; information about events where careers input could be useful; information about the academic labour market in this particular sector; feedback about careers service quality.
  • Engaging with the employability agenda, and feeding ideas and knowledge into the development of a programme of careers support lead by the CCP.
  • Being an advocate for PhD careers and employability within the Faculty. This may mean inviting the CCP to attend relevant Faculty meetings and/or committees, approaching fellow academics for industry contacts, and facilitating access to Faculty resources where appropriate.
  • Co-ordinating within the Faculty to facilitate careers events, for example approaching relevant lecturers for induction lecture access, lecture ‘shout outs’, and securing use of Faculty spaces.
  • With the support of the relevant professional services staff, identifying suitable times for scheduling desired careers events so as to maximize attendance.

This role is an annual contract, non-renewable and carries an honorarium paid by the Graduate School, of £500.

To apply, please send a CV and statement saying why you are interested and what you can contribute to the role to:

Donald Lush, Careers Consultant, at

By 5 p.m. on 30th June.

Prior to applying if you would like to find out more please feel free to contact Donald on the above address.

Interviews are expected to take place on 8th July.

Focus Group – Help Develop the Careers Service for PhD students

Focus-group2You’re invited to take part in a focus group on 30th June 2016 from 1 pm to 2 pm in the Training Room (4.14, Waterloo Bridge Wing) about the Careers and Employability service. The focus group should last no longer than one hour and refreshments will be provided. The session is aimed at PhD students, though research staff are welcome to attend too.

The focus group will provide an opportunity for you to find out about the Careers and Employability service for PhDs and influence its development.

In particular, we would like to know about

  • Your experience of the Careers and Employability service
  • What you would like from the service

Your views will be invaluable in helping us develop.

If you would like to take part in the focus group on 30th June please let Donald Lush, Careers Consultant for PhDs know via email

If you are unable to attend but would like to share your feedback on the service, please contact Donald via the email address above.