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The University of Southampton

Postdoctoral Opportunities

We value postdoctoral research as an important step on the academic career path, offering the opportunity to work on a key project, in a top-class research environment alongside experts in one of our many and varied academic fields.

We have a small but ever-growing community of postdoctoral researchers who join us either with sponsorship from a postdoctoral funding scheme, such as the British Academy or Leverhulme, or as part of a larger research project enabled by funding from various sources including the AHRC and ESRC.

While with us, postdoctoral researchers are provided with tailored professional training and support to complement and enhance their work. We view postdoctoral work as a career stepping stone, leading to further work within academia, such as a lectureship, or a significant role in the non-academic sphere.

'I came to Southampton in 2008 as the post-doctoral research assistant on an AHRC-funded project, Languages at War: Policies and Practices of Language Contacts in Conflict. I knew I wanted to broaden my understanding of how higher education works, so since I've been here I've helped to edit a newsletter for Early Career Researchers and joined a University-wide equalities working group that led to me becoming the communications officer for the Staff LGBT Network. This year, senior colleagues nominated me for a place on the Researcher Talent Development Scheme, which is just about to start. As an ECR in Humanities, you need to use your initiative and seek out opportunities to develop your skills - but they are certainly there for the taking.'

– Dr. Catherine Baker, postdoctoral researcher, Modern Languages and Linguistics

The AHRC funds research in the Humanities
The AHRC funds research in the Humanities
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