L’Oréal online careers event

L’Oréal, the World’s No. 1 beauty company, is searching for PhD-holding professionals to join their worldwide formulation teams.

As scientist, passionate about making breakthrough innovations and with a desire to see your science transformed into products then join us on 5 November for the Liveday. After an Online Presentation by Dr. Odile Aubrun on the topic of “How to control nanoemulsions stability?”, you will have the opportunity to interact live with L’Oréal’s experts from all over the globe.

To find out more about this event and to apply, click here.

Top tips for science careers from the Randall Division annual retreat

A guest post by Duvaraka Kulaveerasingam, PhD student, Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics.

For the first time, the Randall Division annual retreat at Royal Holloway featured an additional Careers Day exclusively for its postdoctorate, PhD and research staff.  It was a huge success.

Randall Division researchers at Royal Holloway

Randall Division researchers at Royal Holloway

The breadth of experience amongst our speakers was phenomenal and it was interesting to see the different paths they had taken to reach where they were today. It was encouraging to hear how they had overcome obstacles such as funding crises and relocations to achieve their goals. Here is some of the advice they gave:



  • All of our speakers stressed that you have to be able to sell yourself in any career
  • Network wherever you go – your contacts may one day find you a job as Roy Edward (Biostatus) found out when he was being made redundant
  • Make sure you are visible – whether it’s on LinkedIn or at a conference. Alison Care (Kilburn&Strode) let us know that she checks future employee’s Facebook pages too.
  • Pete Etchells (Guardian) told us to be patient with blogging; tweet, email and ask renowned bloggers to share or give feedback on your work, and practice writing all the time!
  • Never assume you aren’t right for the job – tell the employers what skills you are willing to learn. Arianne Heinrichs (Nature) described what she had to learn as a non-native english speaker during her career.
  • Turning down brilliant opportunities for personal reasons doesn’t mean the end, as Chas Bountra (SGC) and Peter O’Toole (University of York) found. They both ended up in their current positions thanks to these turning points.
  • Contact prospective employers and find out not only if you are right for the job, but if the company or the lab is right for you.
  • Keep your eyes open for internships opportunities. Aaron Goater (Westminster) stressed that some government departments have small teams with few roles so you need to check websites regularly.

If you are looking to organise a careers event don’t hesitate to contact our team to find out how we did it!

Photo courtesy Roksana Nikoopour

Final Career Spotlight: Working in Science Industries

The final career spotlight of 2015 is next Wednesday, 29th April, 5.30-6.30pm, FWB1.71

It features three KCL alumni who work in different parts of scientific industries:

Rahul Dhorajiwala: Rahul studied a MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology at KCL.  He spent an early part of his career at GlaxoSmithkline working in the Inhalation Formulation Development department.  After a few years he made the transition into Project Management at IVAX (now Teva) and being responsible for the delivery of new project launches.  After working in a number of Project Management roles he is currently at Amdipharm Mercury as Head of Strategic Projects working in the Business Development department.

Lea-Rebecca Lahnstein: Lea has a PhD from KCL which researched the practices and governance of storing and sharing biological samples and data for the purpose of biomedical research. Through various internships in the UK and Germany, Lea worked for a biobank and now for GE Healthcare in Technology and Medical Solutions.   She has learnt not to be intimidated by changes in direction, discrepancies in knowledge and experience or institutional boundaries, because all of these are already intrinsic to the practices of the biosciences.

Hilary Sandig: Hilary is an immunologist with a PhD from Imperial College. Having worked as a postdoc at KCL on two occasions, at UCSD and at Manchester University she now works for the biologics company, Medimmune, in Cambridge. Medimmune is owned by AstraZeneca and Hilary has been working there for two years as a researcher in the Respiratory, Autoimmunity and Inflammation group.

Please come along to find out more about the transition into industry.


Do you know any research staff who have moved out of academia?

The Vitae ‘What do research staff do next?’ project explores what research staff (postdoctoral researchers, research fellows, etc.) do after they leave university and how they make this transition.

This European project explores the career transitions of former research staff who have moved into other occupations. It will reveal the tipping points in their careers, understand their decision-making processes and explore their experiences and reflections of their career paths. The survey results will provide an invaluable insight into potential employment opportunities for researchers who are considering moving out of higher education. Continue reading

PhD to Consulting Conference – London, 27th September

PtoCThe PhD to Consulting group provides expert career advice and networking opportunities to current PhD students and post-docs from all research backgrounds who want to pursue a career in management consulting. A highlight of their activities is the PhD to Consulting Conference which gives delegates a unique opportunity to meet and network with representatives from some of the UK’s leading consultancy firms.

The forthcoming PhD to Consulting Conference 2013 will take place on the 27th of September at University College London, United Kingdom. This year’s conference will focus on:

  • How receptive the UK consulting industry is to PhD students/graduates.
  • What the sector/industry specific demands are for PhD students/graduates.
  • What the consulting industry expects from PhD students/graduates.
  • The key skills a PhD recruit should have (quantitative, qualitative, etc)
  • The recruitment & assessment procedures including an opportunity to practice a case study.

Registration:  Please visit the PhD to Consulting Conference website for registration details. Registration/Application ends on Wednesday 18th September.


For more information:

Website: http://phd2consultinglondon.weebly.com/

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/pages/PhD-to-Consulting-London-Networking-Conference-2012/249347768501264 

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/266942633408983/