Canon Research Fellowships – all disciplines

The Canon Foundation in Europe grants up to 15 Research Fellowships annually to highly qualified European and Japanese researchers.

Candidates should hold a doctorate or at least a Master’s degree. They are eligible during the ten-year period following the successful completion of their Ph.D or MA degree. Extensions to the ten-year rule are possible in principle in case of exceptional circumstances which should be explained in the application and supporting documents are required. Non-nationals have to have a permanent citizenship in either Europe or Japan.

The European Fellowship holders pursue a period of research in Japan whereas the Japanese Fellows do their research at host institutions in Europe. The Fellowships are awarded for periods of a minimum three months and maximum of one year. Applications for Research Fellowships in all fields of research are welcome.

The aim of the Foundation is to contribute to international understanding, in particular between Europe and Japan.

The deadline for the year 2012 is 15 September 2011.

We invite you to click on the following link to our website for the latest version of the digital bulletin which can be printed and distributed to interested departments and persons:


Postdocs and their careers

Here is anopportunity to do some personal reflection AND contribute to some Action Research. I would recommend this to postdocs preparing for their next job application -or those contemplating a career change.

Vitae is starting a pilot on using the Researcher Development Framework next week, culminating in a focus group in London on 15 June.

 The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is a comprehensive new approach to enhancing the careers of researchers. It was developed through interviews with successful researchers in a range of disciplines. It encourages you to identify your strengths and prioritise your professional development. The RDF enables you to consider skills and experiences that will enhance your career prospects and articulate your knowledge, behaviours and attributes to employers. Divided into four domains and 63 descriptors it covers all the skills and attributes to become a successful researcher.  It is not exclusive to people hoping to pursue an academic career (there are some frequently asked questions on the RDF).

The RDF has been incorporated into a ‘Professional Development Planner’ to allow you to identify the areas you want to develop further, create an action plan and record evidence of your progress. You can use it to help you plan for your long term career ambitions but also to make a feasible short term plan.

The planner allows you to set targeted aspirational goals. For each descriptor there are successive phases of ability.  Read the phases and decide which phase best describes you currently (with as much evidence as possible). Decide where you would like to be and come up with an action plan with realistic goals and time lines to get you there (using training, experience, practice, networking etc)

We will be starting a pilot on using the RDF and PDP next week, culminating in a focus group in London on 15 June. This is a great chance for you to focus on your personal development and get help drawing up your action plan. This is an opportunity for you to inform the development of a powerful career tool for all researchers in the UK. Your input would be invaluable in ensuring the Researcher Development Framework is an effective personal, professional and career enhancing resource for postgraduate researchers and research staff. Email to take part or get more information.

We’ll refund travel expenses. If you’re interested, please send an email to

What do King’s PhD students do?

**NB This information is over two years old but is retained for information and inspiration**

Here at the King’s Careers Lab we have been gathering the annual data about what happens to our PhD graduates.

The data, gathered from 2008/9 academic year’s graduates ,shows that of the 200 we managed to contact 65 were in academic research posts and 52 were lecturing in universities. 33 were in clinical practice – principally medics and psychologists.6 were in other forms of education – mainly secondary teaching. 12 were in various forms of public sector administration – including university administration. 10 were in industrial and commercial research and development roles and another 10 in business professions such as banking,  insurance and law. 6 were in media and creative businesses and 5 in the charity and NGO sector. And in accordance with King’s traditions 2 were in religious ministry.

All in all its a very encouraging outcome. Its true that there are significant numbers we fail to contact despite our best efforts, but the numbers in University posts as teachers and/or researchers is very heartening.

A career in Clinical Research

Graduate School Tea-time Careers seminar

 A career in Clinical Research

 What does a Clinical Research Associate do and what is the current job market for them?

 Helping answer these questions will be Sue Fitzpatrick

Head of Education and Training at the Institute of Clinical Research

Tuesday 13th April

17.00 – 18.30

Waterloo Campus

James Clerk Maxwell Building


If you wish to attend, let me know by emailing

Job for a postdoc in Social Sciences?

Research at Inclusion


Inclusion is an independent organisation committed to addressing the challenges of social exclusion and worklessness. They are seeking to recruit a new member of staff as we continue to expand our research and consultancy business. They provide research and consultancy for central government departments and agencies, as well as regional bodies and local authorities. They also work with a range of providers in the voluntary and private sectors.


Senior Researcher (£30,905 to £41,207)

They are looking for a Senior Researcher with at least 5 years’ experience in conducting or managing social research who is keen to develop their research career further. You will have the ability to apply a broad range of social research methods, with a particularly strong background in qualitative research techniques. You will be equally comfortable running large-scale research projects and smaller pieces of consultancy work requiring a rapid turnaround. And you will be committed to Inclusion’s overall aim of promoting social justice and tackling disadvantage to help individuals and communities achieve economic independence.


They are open to proposals for flexible working as well as secondments and are an Equal Opportunities Employer.


Full details about these posts and how to apply are on their website


To receive an application pack by post or email please call Jade Onofrio on 020 7582 7221 or email marking ‘recruitment’ in the subject heading and clearly stating which post you are interested in.


The deadline for all applications is 5 pm on Friday 22 January 2010.