Written by Elizabeth Wilkinson, Postgraduate Careers Consultant at The Careers Service
If you are a science researcher, masters or undergrad, it’s not always easy to find the jobs to apply to amongst all the engineering, IT and finance/business roles on offer.
However, by using your research skills, you can uncover lots of scientific jobs and employers – here’s how.
1. Look for science jobs which are being advertised:
- The pros – you know there is a job to be filled.
- The cons – so do lots of other people, so the competition will be high.
2. Look for scientific employers and see if they have any jobs:
- The pros – they may have jobs to be filled, but if a job isn’t available now, they may keep you on file; this means that when a vacancy does occur, they may contact you before even considering advertising, so there is less competition.
- The cons – may not be recruiting when you need a job.
Expand your tactics for finding science jobs
Here are some resources to get you started searching for scientific jobs.
Scientific recruitment agencies
- SRG – www.srgtalent.com
- CK Science – http://ckscience.co.uk
- Network Scientific – www.networkscientificrecruitment.com
- Vector Recruitment – www.vrl.co.uk
- Find more agencies (& employers) currently recruiting – www.reed.co.uk/recruiterdirectory
Online profile – make it work harder for you
- Join professional networks eg LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com), update your profile (include scientific skills/technologies so they appear in searches), join specialist groups for jobs in your field, follow employers represented in those groups & others you know – become findable!
- Specialist job ads are becoming more common on LinkedIn – search for jobs in your field and set up job alerts.
Online search for job adverts – use specialist sites
General science jobs websites such as
- New Scientist – http://jobs.newscientist.com
- Nature – www.nature.com/naturejobs
- Science – http://jobs.sciencecareers.org
- Research Gate – www.researchgate.net/jobs (mainly science jobs)
Graduate (and postgraduate) job sites – can filter for science jobs
- Employers targeting University of Manchester – www.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink – login required
- UoM Careers Service “Which career?” – includes job sites for over 20 sectors including science, environment etc – www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/whichcareer Example sites include:
- Brightrecruits (from the Institute of Physics) – http://brightrecruits.com
- Chemistry World Jobs (from the RSC) – https://jobs.chemistryworld.com
- Environment Jobs – www.environmentjob.co.uk
- Royal Society of Biology Jobs – https://jobs.rsb.org.uk
- Gradcracker – www.gradcracker.com/search/sciences-maths/graduate-jobs
Find scientific employers and engage with them
University of Manchester Careers Service
- Employer database – www.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink – see Organisation Search.
- Which Career? – Scientific Work, include sources of scientific employers – www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/whichcareer/science
Look in science and innovation parks – search members
- UK Science Park Association – www.ukspa.org.uk/members/our-members
- International Association of Science Parks – www.iasp.ws/Our-members/Directory
Explore research institutes, centres and companies interested in researchers
- www.jobs.ac.uk/employers – browse employers by type (not just universities!)
- UK Research Councils – www.ukri.org/about-us/our-council – government funded research centres and institutes.
- AIRTO is a membership organisation for a number of commercial and government funded research organisations and institutes – www.airto.co.uk/about/members
Find networks of scientists & get involved
- Professional bodies – get involved with a relevant scientific professional body to meet scientists in your field.
- Trade associations – www.taforum.org/trade-associations often have lists of members.
- For example – Pharma/bioscience: ABPI (national – http://careers.abpi.org.uk), BioNow (North West/North East – www.bionow.co.uk), One Nucleus (Cambridge/London – www.onenucleus.com), OBN (Oxford/South – www.obn.org.uk)
Let others know you’re looking – they might lead to a useful contact
- Tell everyone you know what you’re looking for, social and online contacts included. You never know who a friend or distant cousin might know…
- Attend recruitment events, talk to employers, link with them on LinkedIn
- Update your social media and professional online profiles (eg. LinkedIn)
Send speculative CVs to specialist employers, especially smaller scientific employers. Include a link to your online professional profile – this allows you to keep your details up to date and offers the chance for them to connect online with you, for future reference.
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