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Careers and Funding Opportunities

Postdoctoral positions can often be relatively short term meaning you should keep a keen eye on your career and plan how you will make the next step. There are a number of tools for this and mechanisms within the department and university where you can find help. The University provide career support with more information found on the waar website

The careers service provide drop in sessions and longer one-to-one session .

Appraisals and Probation

At the start of you appointment you will be placed on a probationary period which can vary in length depending on your contract. After this period you should have an annual appraisal which acts as a formal reporting of the year’s progress. This should be supplemented by more regular progress meetings and updates with your line manager such that the appraisal is a summary conversation and nothing should come as a surprise. The main focus of the appraisal is therefore looking forward and outlining what the main objectives are for the year ahead. Some of these will be focussed on the projects you are working on, but you should also include development objectives that will enhance your career opportunities.

The appraisal therefore provides a space and opportunity to discuss your career aspirations and any development needs you may have to reach those goals. Use this opportunity to actively plan for your career and seek advice on what is an appropriate. Make the most of these opportunities for an extended discussion on what your career goals are.

Funding Opportunities


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Vitae is the leader in supporting the professional development of researchers. It is a non-profit programme which works to enhance the skills and careers of researchers. There are many events and services open to postdoctoral researchers through this organisation, definitely worth a visit. Visit the VITAE website for more information .

The Royal Society

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The Royal Society is an independent scientific academy of the UK and Commonwealth and is dedicated to promoting excellence in science. Through their website you can find events, access to grants such as University Research Fellowship and Dorothy Hodgkin fellowships Royal Society, schemes and awards and interesting scientific reading and updates.

Visit University Research Fellowship website

Visit Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship website

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science

For women in science

Celebrate the excellence of women at the cutting edge of scientific research.

Visit For Women in Science website


WISE logo

Visit WISE Network funding opportunities website .

Schlumberger Foundation


The Schlumberger Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports science and technology education. Recognizing the link between science, technology, and socio-economic development, as well as the key role of education in realizing individual potential, the Schlumberger Foundation flagship program is Faculty for the Future.

Daphne Jackson Fellowships

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Daphne Jackson Fellowships offer STEM professionals the opportunity to return to a research career after a break of two or more years for a family, health or caring reason. It is the opportunity to balance a personalised retraining programme with a challenging research project, held in a supportive UK university or research establishment.

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Fellowship Applications

The School of Chemistry has a strong history of supporting outstanding Early Career Researchers develop their own independent research programme through application for Fellowships. We have a track record of turning these into permanent academic positions with guidance and mentoring. Details on the selection process can be found at the Fellowship web page .

ECR Funding Newsletter

Every month a funding newsletter is circulated to all staff highlighting new opportunities and upcoming funding deadlines. You can also subscribe to Research Professional where you can tailor your preferences to obtain weekly updates on funding calls focussed on your research area.

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