Vitae Live Q&A – New Year’s Goals: Successful career planning for researchers

Career opportunities for researchers cover a wide range of sectors including higher education; manufacturing; finance; business and IT; health; and public administration. Recent trends demonstrate that most researchers will go on to pursue a career beyond academic research or teaching. So how do you decide which career to embrace? How do you find out which career would suit your strengths, values and interests? Finally, how do you plan to make that happen?

On the 18th January at 2pm (UK Time), Vitae will be running a live YouTube Q&A to explore the following questions:

  • How do you realise what strengths and talents you have?
  • What kinds of career paths do researchers follow?
  • How do you make a career development plan?
  • Which qualifications and experience are required for various careers?

If you are interested in taking part in the live Q&A session, you should log into Vitae’s website and then go back to their website on 18 January 2017 to watch:

Have a question that you would like Vitae to consider during the Q&A? Email it to or tweet Vitae using #vitaehangout.

Research Assistant, Social Development – Overseas Development Institute

Research Assistant, Social Development – Overseas Development Institute (203 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NJ)

Salary: £1,400 over a 10 day period (part time hours)

The ODI are seeking a Research Assistant to support the evidence synthesis component of the global Girls Research Initiative. The role will include searching, uploading, coding materials and some written inputs.

Thematic evidence gap maps: the ODI are aiming to produce thematic evidence gap maps on issues such as girls’ empowerment programmes, financial literacy and savings programmes aimed at adolescent girls, and selected of education and girls’ mental and reproductive health. The Research Assistant(s) will upload and code literature (they may also need to search for it but this will be confirmed). The RA will also play a role in writing up the narrative reports that accompany the maps.

Essential for this piece of work is good attention to detail; and knowledge of gender or adolescent girls would be an asset. The task provides an opportunity to learn about systematic searching, which would be useful for anyone interested in a research career.

The ODI is seeking someone ASAP for this position, and would like to fill the role by the end of this week (Friday 12 February). There is a possibility for an extension of the role, subject to the project needs. Please note as this project is part of the King’s Research Consultancy programme, you must have achieved post-upgrade status in your PhD to apply.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to as soon as possible.

Life Sciences Careers Conference

The Life Sciences Careers Conference showcases the breadth of careers available from studying the biosciences. The event consist of talks from top speakers covering a wide range of biology-related subjects, a CV workshop providing tips on how to secure an interview for your perfect job, and a chance to mingle with the experts in our exhibition and ask informal questions over lunch and afternoon refreshments. All attendees will also receive a free goody bag that will be filled with useful resources by the end of the day!

Registration and more information on the event can be found here:


Leaving the Ivory Tower: Careers Networking Event – 18 June 2015

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King’s College London Innovation Forum (KCLIF) is proud to announce their second Leaving the Ivory Tower: Careers Networking Event which will be taking place on 18 June 2015 at Chapters, Strand Campus. Doors open at 5pm with the event starting at 5.30pm.

Leaving the Ivory Tower aims to shed light on potential opportunities for PhD/post-doctoral students interested in pursuing careers outside of academia. Designed in a format that encourages intimate and meaningful conversation, a series of expert speakers from a wide range of industries will host small focus groups of 10-12 students for 15 minutes at a time.

The round table sessions will be followed by a networking reception with refreshments to enable guests to continue discussions with industry leaders.

Please click here to register. We look forward to seeing you on the 18th June.

Kind regards,


King’s College London Innovation Forum (KCLIF) are an affiliated group of the international Innovation Forum network assisting postgraduate students (Masters, PhDs & Postdocs) in developing knowledge for careers outside academia. We are currently looking for new students who are interested in joining the executive team to carry on our successful work-to-date. Please do get in touch with us if you would like more information / are interested in joining. Thank you.