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Technical University Munich

ERC-funded Postdoc and Ph.D. position in molecular biology Full-time

About the Project: The successful candidate will join the Andergassen lab at the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Technical University of Munich (TUM). The lab bridges computational (allele-specific epi-genomics) and…

Trinity College Dublin

PhD Studentship in Biomedical/Neural Engineering Full-time

Applications are invited for a highly motivated PhD student to join an exciting new project that will use high density electromyography (EMG) and electroencephalography (EEG) to examine changes in neuroelectric…

Plant and Food Research

PhD position in evolutionary epigenomics using marine invertebrates Full-time

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to investigate the effect of reproductive mode on epigenetic inheritance. To study this we will use species from the genus Artemia where…

Institute of Microbiology Trebon, Czechia

PhD studentship in hormonal metabolism and evolution in Tetrahymena Full-time

We are seeking a candidate with a background in molecular biology or genetics for a Ph.D. studentship to study the biogenesis and reception of animal-like hormones in the single-celled model…

University of South Bohemia

Ph.D. position in Developmental Epigenetics Part-time

Newly established Developmental Epigenetics and Bioinformatics Laboratory is looking for an enthusiastic Ph.D. student that is not afraid of challenges associated with work with non-model mammals and low input samples….

University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague

HORIZON – MSCA – PhD position in next-generation cation exchange membranes for hypersaline solutions treatment Full-time

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network HORIZON – MSCA – 2021 – DN EXBRINER ( ) is designed with the ambition to provide high level training to a talented cohort of 10…

Children's National Research & Innovation Campus

Graduate student position in biomedical resaerch (Washington DC, USA) Full-time

Dr. Jia-Ray Yu’s lab is seeking a graduate student to join our team at newly established Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus (, representing an initiative of the partnership between…

UMass Lowell, Department of Biology & Center of Biomedical and Health Research in Data Sciences

PhD or Postdocs in computational disease biology & biomedical data science Full-time

TWO PhD student or Postdoc positions now available for 2024 researching Computational Disease Biology at UMass Lowell. This research sits at the crossroads of computational biology, data science, and epidemiology,…

University of Tartu, Institute of Genomics

PhD student in Evolutionary Genetics Full-time

Who we are The Institute of Genomics (IG) is a leading centre for genomic-based research in Estonia, affiliated with the University of Tartu. IG brings together world-class expertise in medical,…

Helsinki Institute for Information Technology

Doctoral Researcher Positions in ICT Full-time

Researchers from Aalto University and the University of Helsinki are looking for Doctoral Researchers in multiple areas of ICT. We offer an exciting opportunity to join world-class research groups. Our…

University Hospital Tuebingen, Werner Siemens Imaging Center, Preclinical Imaging and Radiopharmacy

PhD Student (f/m/d) in “Multimodal preclinical imaging of A. fumigatus” Part-time

The Department of Preclinical Imaging and Radiopharmacy (Director Prof. Bernd Pichler) at the University Hospital of the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen competes and collaborates on scientific top level in preclinical…


PhD in Cnidarian Cell Biology Full-time

We are looking for a motivated researcher to fill a PhD position with a background in cell/molecular biology, genetics, and/or biochemistry who has interest in coral symbiosis establishment. You will…

UC Louvain, IPSY

PhD candidate / Nociception and Interoception in alcohol use and addiction Full-time

Prof. Pierre Maurage is looking for a strong candidate to apply for funding for a 4-year PhD studentship at the Psychological Sciences Research Institute of UCLouvain.   Prof. Maurage’s laboratory…

Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences

PhD student and postdoctoral positions in the Dioscuri Centre for Single-Molecule Optics Full-time

FZU is a leading public research institution located in Prague, Czech Republic. Dedicated to conducting high-quality and ground-breaking fundamental research, FZU emphasizes the translation of scientific advances into innovative technological…

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)

PhD Researcher (f/m/x) – Developing a bioelectrochemical process for degrad Full-time

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest…

CEITEC, Masaryk University

PhD topic in Inherited Diseases – Transcriptional Regulation Research Group Part-time

Research area: RNA/nucleic acids research in health, cancer biology. Research group homepage: Topic titles: Characterization of cyclin-dependent kinase 12 (CDK12) substrates and their roles in regulation of transcription and…

PhD Researcher (f/m/x) Part-time

Phd researcher (f/m/x) – intercropping for mitigating manure-based hazards part-time.

PhD Researcher (f/m/x) – Intercropping for mitigating manure-based hazards in agriculture The UFZThe Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an…

PhD Researcher (f/m/x) – Managing soil microbiomes for sustainable agricult Part-time

PhD Researcher (f/m/x) – Managing soil microbiomes for sustainable agriculture The UFZThe Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international…

University Hospital Tuebingen, Werner Siemens Imaging Center, Preclinical Imaging and Radiopharmacy

PhD Position “Development of a Breast PET/MRI Insert” Part-time

The Department of Preclinical Imaging and Radiopharmacy is an internationally renowned group at the forefront of preclinical imaging research, focusing on novel imaging technologies, developing the next generation of Positron…

York University

Funded PhD studentship Full-time

Bacterial adaptation to changing conditions is commonly investigated over long timescales (evolution of species/lineages), focusing on strong pressures provided by toxic substances (antimicrobials) or predators (bacteriophages/macrophages). However, new bacterial niches…

Queen Mary University of London

PhD Studentship in Machine Learning for Quantitative Finance at QMUL Full-time

A fully funded PhD studentship covering UK home fees and a London stipend of £20,662 per annum for 3 years is available for a starting date in September 2024. The…

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

PhD and Postdoc Pos. in Research Group Systems, Data, Simulation & Energy Full-time

Job description There are several PhD and PostDoc positions available at the newly established research group Systems, Data, Simulation & Energy (SYDSEN) at the AIFB Institute. The SYDSEN research group…

Institute of Cell and Neurobiology, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Ph.D. Position in developmental neurobiology Full-time

Open Ph.D. position in Developmental Neurobiology The Dendritic Development research group at the Charité is looking to recruit a PhD student in Developmental Neurobiology (w/m/d) to conduct basic research on…

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A PhD Job Search—What’s Normal And What’s Not

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Written by Isaiah Hankel, PhD

“Thank you for submitting your resume but the position has been filled.” This is the only response I received after several months of applying to PhD jobs online.

I submitted dozens of resumes and only heard back that one time. It was embarrassing. At least I thought it was embarrassing. Years later I found out that only 5% of resumes submitted online ever receive a response, good or bad. Just 5%!

I assumed I would always get a response after submitting my resume, even if it was negative. I also assumed that there were at most 20-30 other people applying for the same industry job as me and, since I had a PhD, getting a job wouldn’t be that hard. I should have been embarrassed by how little I knew about conducting a job search.

When I finally got an interview, I had no idea what to do. I relied on hazy memories of things I read growing up like “dress for success” and have a “firm handshake.” But I had no idea how to really dress for the interview or what to say or how long the interview would last. And what if I got the job? What do I do then? Do I just sign whatever deal they give me? I was confused at every turn.

How NOT To Start A Job Search

The hardest part about searching for a job during graduate school or a postdoc is not knowing what is normal and what is abnormal. When I was a graduate student, I had no idea what a normal industry resume looked like, let alone what a good or  great  resume looked like.

I didn’t know how many industry job openings there were or how many people on average applied to these industry jobs. I didn’t know how many people who apply to a job get an interview, how long an interview lasts, when to follow up after an interview, what employers look for during interviews, how negotiating works, or how many people accept the first offer they’re given.

A PhD job search is not easy. There’s more competition for PhD jobs than ever before. The good news for you (since you’re reading this) is that most PhDs have no clue what they’re doing.

The majority of PhDs are just winging it when it comes to searching for an industry job. There so busy in the lab that instead of taking their job search seriously and getting help, they just try to learn through trial and error. They execute little pieces of a job search here and there, feeling good about doing something without ever really doing anything. As a result, they spend months and months getting rejected while other less qualified candidates get hired and get paid .

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10 PhD Job Search Facts

A job search is not a lab experiment. It’s not a thesis. You shouldn’t learn it through trial and error and it’s not something you should do alone. If you’re looking for your first industry job, the smartest thing you can do is stop guessing what to do. The answers and best practices are already there. You just have to find them, or connect with people who have already found them.

The simple truth is you don’t know what you don’t know. In other words, you’ll never figure out the right way to do XYZ when you don’t even know that XYZ exists. There is a right way and a wrong way to perform a PhD job search. Some experiences are normal while others are less than normal. Here are 10 things that will help you determine which experiences are normal and which are not:

1. You’ll never hear back after submitting your resume online.

95% of all resumes submitted online never get a response. This makes your resume (mostly) useless in industry. But, resumes are still important. A good resume won’t get you a job, but a bad one will keep you from getting a job.

When you first start an industry job search, it’s natural to think that having a great resume or CV is all you need. Most PhDs believe that the resume is the starting point of every job search. This is absolutely false. Networking is the starting point of every job search. You need to connect to other professionals (both PhDs and non-PhDs) to find out where jobs are and to get referred to the hiring managers for those jobs.

Don’t worry about your resume until after you build up your network and get a few good referrals. Then and only then should you craft a sharp industry resume .

2. Most industry jobs are not advertised.

80% of industry jobs are not advertised. Think about that.

Guess which jobs are not being published online–the good jobs or the bad jobs? Of course it’s the good jobs. Companies don’t need to advertise their high level positions because there’s already a high demand for them.

Instead of advertising high level positions, most companies will either hire internally or seek referrals. They may use a recruiter to help them find someone but most will just ask their employees and external networks for good candidates. If you’re not part of any of these networks , you’ll never even hear about the best jobs.

All industry jobs searches start with networking. Networking is the ONLY way to get a good industry job. Over 50% of jobs at top firms come from direct referrals. Over 50%! And this number is climbing.

3. You’re up against stiff competition.

If you’re applying for a PhD job , so is everyone else. The average number of applicants applying to any individual industry job is 118. Many large organizations receive over 2,000 applications a day. Less than 20% of the people applying to any given job posting will get an interview.

The number one question you should ask yourself during any job search is “How can I differentiate myself?” From 2005-2009 there were 100,000 PhDs granted and only 16,000 professorships opened. Quick, do the math.  It’s no wonder the current unemployment rate for PhDs at graduation is 60-80%. 

You’re not alone. If you want a good industry job, you seriously need to consider how you’re going to differentiate yourself from all of the other PhDs applying to the same position as you. This doesn’t mean learning more lab skills. It means learning skills that most PhDs don’t have, like interpersonal skills, and joining unique networks and organizations that will make you stand out from the crowd.

4. Getting an industry job will take a long time.

The average time that it takes to find an industry job is 2-8 months. The average time it takes to change careers is between 2-6 years. When you’re transitioning from academia to industry, you’re changing jobs and changing careers. So don’t think your transition is going to happen in a snap. You’re going to have to put in a lot of effort over a long period of time. You’re going to have to approach your job search strategically, taking systematic steps to get what you want.

If you don’t know where to start, find people who do. You can save months of research (and failure) by joining high level networks and associations that have the information you need. There are people who have successfully transitioned before you. Find them and learn from them.

5. Most interviews are over in minutes.

While the average length of an interview is 40 minutes, 33% of hiring managers reported knowing within the first 90 seconds if they will hire that candidate.

These managers reported the following reasons as to why they eliminated candidates: 67% indicated applicants failed to make eye contact, 55% indicated that the applicant’s dressed poorly or carried themselves poorly, 47% indicated applicants had little or no knowledge of the company, 38% indicated the applicants lacked confidence or didn’t smile, and 33% indicated applicants had bad posture or a weak handshake.

Whether you like it or not, any interview you go on will be over within the first few minutes of meeting the hiring manager. The first impression you make is all that will matter. When it comes to first impressions, studies show that emotionally expressive people fare better. Surprisingly, this relationship between expressiveness and positive first impressions is independent of physical attractiveness.

Other studies show that first impressions can last for years. This is because meeting someone for the first time activates your amygdala , which is one of the few areas of the brain that receives information from all your senses at once, and your posterior cingular cortex, which controls your autobiographical memory, emotional memory, and attention.

The worst thing you can do during a job search is work hard for months (not to mention the years it took to get your PhD) and then blow it all in the first 90 seconds of meeting an employer. Give everything during those first few minutes. Don’t skimp on any detail.

6. Most PhDs transition into R&D, Sales & Marketing, or Applications.

When it comes to transitioning into industry, the biggest obstacle most PhDs have is figuring out where to start. They don’t know which positions are available to them and they don’t know which position they want.

The majority of people in academia have no idea what industry positions are available. Most don’t even know the divisions or categories that these positions are in, let alone the names of the positions. This is a relatively easy problem to fix. The solution is to dig into company websites and career catalogues and figure out exactly what names they give to different positions. Then, compare those positions to the names other companies give to similar positions.

If you’re a STEM PhD looking to transition into a standard, multi-national biotechnology or biopharmaceutical company like Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Baxter, GSK, Roche, or similar, the first decision you need to make is whether or not you want to transition into R&D. Do you want to stay at the bench in industry or get away from it?  If you choose the latter, then you should decide whether or not you want to get into Sales & Marketing or Applications. In Applications, you’ll do more teaching. In Sales & Marketing, you’ll do more–you guessed it–sales and marketing.

The individual positions within each of these divisions can vary greatly, as will the job requirements and benefits, but the below diagrams will give you a decent overview. Once you have an idea of which division you’d like to transition into, you need to figure out which companies you’d like to work for (preferably those with job openings) and which position you’d like to transition into.  Again, the only way to find the right position for you is to research the different names these companies are using for these positions.

For example, in the Applications division, one company might be hiring for an Application Scientist position while another is hiring for an Technical Specialist position and another is hiring for a Field Application Support Representative position. If you’re new to industry, these position can look radically different but, in reality, they’re all the same.

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7. The first person to follow-up will get the job.

The first person to place a follow up call to an industry job posting has a 95% chance to get the job position and those who call the following day only have a 1% chance. These numbers seem outrageous but they’re true. There are two reasons why following up increases your chances of getting a job.

The first is because nobody one does it. Seriously, nobody. But it works. Following up is a huge differentiator. In every single job hire I’ve been a part of, the person who was hired followed up by email or with a written thank you card within hours of their interview ending.

The second reason that following up increases your chances of being hired is because it shows good business sense. This is especially true for non-R&D positions. If you want a job in Applications or Sales & Marketing, you better demonstrate you ability to follow up in as many ways as possible.

8. Everyone hates negotiating, but you better do it.

The majority of PhDs have no idea how to negotiate. Yet, negotiating is a normal (and expected) part of any job search.

The average PhD is so desperate to transition from academia to industry that they never consider negotiating for more money. Instead, they accept whatever offer they get. The problem is that by not negotiating, a PhD stands to lose more than $500,000 by the time they reach 60.

Read this if negotiating salary makes you uncomfortable.

9. Lack of interpersonal skills is a deal-breaker.

Over 85% of hiring managers say they hire people they like rather than what the job requires. This is absolutely insane and unfair but it’s a fact.  It doesn’t matter how smart you are or how many publications you have, if you can’t have a normal conversation with someone, you’ll never get hired. 

Numerous  surveys  and  studies  show that interpersonal skills matter more than technical skills in industry. Lack of interpersonal skills is the number one reason people don’t get hired and it’s the number one reason people get fired. Albert Einstein is one of the most famous scientists whoever lived, not because of his theories, but because he was an expert communicator. The only reason his theories changed the world is because he was able to communicate them.

If you struggle to communicate with different types of people, especially non-academics, than you need to get trained in interpersonal skills. The longer you wait to improve these skills, the more your career will suffer.

10. Social media is more important than your resume.  

Over 90% of recruiters are likely to look at a candidate’s social media profile. 89% have hired someone through LinkedIn. 68% of employers will find you on Facebook before they will bring you in for an interview.

If this seems shocking to you–wake up. Things have changed. The age of relying on a 10-page CV, 3 carefully written recommendation letters, and your publication record is over. These things simply do not matter like they used to when it comes to getting top level industry jobs. But this is not something to get upset about. It’s something to use to your advantage.

In 2014, 18,400,000 applicants found their job on Facebook, 10,200,000 found their job on LinkedIn, and 8,000,000 found their job on Twitter. When it comes to executing a successful job search, your online platform matters. If you don’t know how to use your online platform or if you lack one all together, get help and get help fast. It can be a huge force multiplier for you in increasing your exposure to the PhD job you want most.

If you’re ready to start your transition into industry, you can apply to book a free Transition Call with our founder Isaiah Hankel, PhD or one of our Transition Specialists.  Apply to book a Transition Call here.

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Dr. Hankel has published 3X bestselling books and his latest book, The Power of a PhD, debuted on the Barnes & Noble bestseller list. His methods for getting PhDs hired have been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Nature, Forbes, The Guardian, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine and Success Magazine.

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Find Your PhD, Fast Finding a PhD has never been this easy – search for a PhD by keyword, location or academic area of interest. Search Now

  • When looking for PhD research projects, a great place to start is with our comprehensive and up-to-date database .
  • Speak with lecturers within your area of interest about potential PhD opportunities they may have.
  • Attend Postgraduate Events . Whilst there, speak to current PhD students and career advisors to get an awareness of what PhD projects are on offer.
  • Visit the postgraduate section of university websites and the PhD Research Council section of the GOV.UK website

Finding A PhD

Searching for PhD research projects can sometimes feel like daunting process. Often, it’s difficult to know where to find a PhD position or where to even start.

To make this searching process as easy as possible for you, we’ve curated a collection of the best places to search for PhD projects. By using our recommended collection, you should hopefully gain a greater insight into where your interests lie and which programme is best suited for you.

Our Comprehensive and Up-To-Date Directory

We can’t create a list of great resources and not include ourselves! At DiscoverPhDs, our primary aim is to connect great students to great PhD projects. To enable this, we provide a comprehensive database of PhD projects offered from universities all across the UK.

We regularly add to our database to ensure you’re getting the latest opportunities and the most relevant information and programme details. On top of this, we’ve created our database to be as easy to use as possible; all our PhD listings provide a direct ‘apply’ link or contact email address of the lead supervisor. This enables you to:

  • Request further information about any aspect of the position,
  • Enquire about the specific applications process,
  • Connect directly with the supervisor

Universities Websites

Search on the website of the universities you are interested in as some many only be listing PhD research projects internally or may link you to other opportunities such as Professional Doctorate Programmes. As examples, have a look at the research pages of The University of Cambridge , Cardiff University , University of Leicester , Sheffield University and The University of Glasgow .

Your Current Supervisor

If you’re currently undertaking a research project or dissertation as part of your undergraduate or master’s degree, it would be a good idea to speak to your current supervisor. Not only would you have already built a good rapport with them, but having worked with you they will have a good idea on what PhD positions would utilise your strengths or best interest you. In fact, a noticeable percentage of past and current PhD students came into their PhD programme because of being recommended by their undergraduate supervisor. Your supervisor will be well-connected – make sure you take advantage of these opportunities.

Tip: Don’t just limit your discussion to your own personal supervisor. All supervisors are within their field of work because they have a natural passion for research and teaching. As such, most supervisors will be more than happy to help any student who wishes to follow in their footsteps and make their own impact.

Postgraduate Events

Nearly all universities hold regular Postgraduate Fairs and Open Days. As part of these events, current postgraduate students may be on hand to share their experiences of their projects and university. This is a fantastic opportunity to not only find out what PhDs the university is offering but to find out more about their facilities, research labs and library collection, etc. Given that you will be heavily relying on these resources during your PhD, it’s important that you know what’s provided by each university. Hearing student stories about what PhD life is really like, what to expect from supervisors and some of the challenges that current students have encountered can be really useful in your decision making process.

Besides the above, career advisers may also be available at these events. Speaking to them will help you understand what you can do with a PhD, whether a PhD is right for you, what degree class you’re expected to hold and how best to prepare for research projects. Seeing as they would have helped many PhD candidates through the decision-making process before, they will provide you with some invaluable insight that you would otherwise be oblivious to.

To help bring all Postgraduate Fairs and Open Days offered across all universities together, we’ve created a helpful Postgraduate Events page which we highly recommend you check out.

Research Councils

Research councils are nationally funded agencies which offer sponsored PhD research projects (also known as a PhD studentship). Different research councils cover different areas of research, these include:

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC),
  • The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC),
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC),
  • The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

The GOV.UK website has a full list of nationally-funded research councils available online. You can find further details on these councils on the GOV.UK website.

Although our database includes PhD programmes offered by these research councils, it would be a good idea to regularly browse the website of the ones you are particularly interested in case they list some internal only. These councils play an important role in supporting and encouraging doctoral researchers and they regularly hold calls for applications for PhD funding. If you or your potential supervisor have a PhD project proposal defined but need funding, then applying to these calls may become a key first milestone in your postgraduate research journey.

For example, the EPSRC offers a Doctoral Training Partnership programme in which a research student is given funding to pursue postgraduate study with a research question that aligns with the Councils core engineering and physical sciences themes. These awards often have eligibility criteria linked to them, impacting which postgraduate research students can apply; an international student, for example, may not be able to apply to a certain UK based scholarship scheme but there are several other options that can still help you fund your doctoral research; this may involve taking out a postgraduate loan (or more specifically a postgraduate doctoral loan).

To make this searching process as easy as possible for you, we’ve curated a collection of the best places to search for a PhD. By using our recommended collection, you should hopefully gain a greater insight into where your interests lie and which programme is best suited for you.

Further Resources

As you continue your search of PhD research projects, be sure to check our our PhD advice articles, including how to prepare for your PhD application, and interviews with current and past doctoral students. Many of the people we’ve interviewed have completed degrees within a STEM discipline; they offer a wide range of advice on their individual approaches to applied research and independent study, as well as sharing some the impact their work has had. Many have continued the research of their projects within academia after finishing, whilst some have developed successful careers in industry and business sectors.

It’s worth noting that when you apply to undertake doctoral study, you may first be registered as an MPhil researcher, depending on the specific doctoral programme you apply for, officially become a full PhD student after passing an upgrade viva. At the upgrade stage, some students do decide to graduate with an MPhil research degree rather than pursuing further PhD study however this is less common.

We hope the above list will help you find the perfect PhD position and earn your doctoral degree.

If you have any recommendations besides these resources, please let us know at [email protected] so we can look to add it.

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The PhD job search can be a confusing process for a variety of reasons. The doctoral graduation timeline is often unclear and may not be fully within your control. For industry positions, your mentors in academia may be unfamiliar with non-academic norms and expectations, but there are tools and resources that can help you prepare for this process and develop a plan of action.

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General peak PhD recruitment timelines for different fields and positions assuming June graduation . Keep in mind, these are approximations; timelines vary considerably by field.

When should I start my job search? What if I missed peak recruitment times?

The job search varies widely in process, norms, and expectations. It is never too early to research your interest areas by searching online, attending events, and initiating informal career conversations. Even if you missed the peak recruiting season for your field, you can continue to inquire about opportunities through networking and online job search websites.

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Keep in mind that the start date of a position can often be negotiated. Also, the needs of employers vary so positions can open or start on a more flexible timeline.

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  • Helpful self-assessment tools: Various assessment tools are available that were made with PhDs in mind. These include: MyIDP (Individual Development Plan), ChemIDP , and ImaginePhD .
  • Network early and often. It’s never too early to network, gather information, and try on different roles or career paths. Anytime during your graduate career, it’s helpful to attend career fairs and information sessions of companies that interest you. You can also learn more about specific industries through informational interviews or by applying for summer internships and IAP micro-internships.
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Career resources for PhD students

The PhD is used to train most research scientists around the world and provides evidence of a gruelling period of independent study. But critics say many graduate student programmes have not adapted to accommodate changes in the workplace. Do PhDs need a rethink? This collection of articles and resources from across Nature Research looks at the PhD from a range of different perspectives.

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Stress and uncertainty drag down graduate students’ satisfaction

Scholars in PhD and master’s programmes struggle with securing work–life balance and support around career training and mental health, finds Nature survey.

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‘Not even enough money for food’: graduate students face cash crunch

The cost-of-living crisis is causing widespread financial distress among those in master’s and PhD programmes worldwide.

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The scandal of researchers paid less than a living wage

The cost-of-living crisis is a fundamental threat for PhD scholars and early-career researchers. They need to be paid properly.

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‘I don’t want this kind of life’: graduate students question career options

As interest in academia fades, scholars in PhD and master’s programmes are dubious about the value of their degree in advancing their professional lives, finds Nature survey.

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Obstacle race: the barriers facing graduates who study abroad

Visa woes and a lack of career prospects affect many international students, Nature ’s survey finds.

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‘Intellectual challenge’: master’s students find reasons to be satisfied with their degree programmes

Graduate scholars are eager to launch their careers, eschewing the years of further study required for doctoral degrees.

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‘Beyond anything I could have imagined’: graduate students speak out about racism

Bias and discrimination are rife in master’s and PhD programmes worldwide, a Nature survey finds.

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How mixing academia and industry opens doors in graduate school and beyond

A growing number of PhD programmes and postdoc positions combine academic questions and industry resources.

  • Freda Kreier

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How to cold e-mail for a PhD

I learnt the benefits of reaching out through e-mail while I was a student, now I receive many cold e-mails myself. Here’s how to write a good one.

  • Melissa Hart

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New Year’s resolutions of a final-year PhD student

Andrew Wood plans for a career-defining 12 months ahead, and what he needs to focus on.

  • Andrew Wood

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How a pandemic PhD peer network group stood the test of time

As the first graduate student in a new lab, Jillian Collins came to rely on regular virtual meetings with peers from across the United States.

  • Jillian Collins

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Do two PhDs make twice the researcher?

Some scientists earn two PhD degrees to expand their skills, cross fields or create a niche research programme.

  • Virginia Gewin

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PhD students face cash crisis with wages that don’t cover living costs

As inflation rates soar, new data on the finances of US graduate students spark calls for action.

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Starting a scientific career with narcolepsy

Ronja Weber describes living as a PhD student with narcolepsy, a chronic condition that disrupts sleep-wake processes.

  • Ronja Weber

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Why I got a PhD at age 61

A chance meeting at a scientific retreat took Zoltán Kócsi from the electronics industry to the entomology lab.

  • Zoltán Kócsi

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Owning, not doing: my transition from master’s to PhD student

Yuning Wang learned to rely less on her supervisor’s guidance during her doctoral programme, an important step on the road to research autonomy.

  • Yuning Wang

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How I navigated my way through a midlife PhD

Roger Tipton was approaching 50 when he made a bold career move. Here’s what he learnt.

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‘Hard’ skills from our PhDs remain relevant beyond academia

Experience in grant-writing, data analysis and presentation will serve you well, say Samantha Baggott and Jonathan McGuire.

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Depression and anxiety ‘the norm’ for UK PhD students

A new survey underscores mental-health risks for doctoral researchers.

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Managing up: how to communicate effectively with your PhD adviser

Your supervisor has a vested interest in your success. Set the right tone and communication style when you meet with them.

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How I tackled post-PhD imposter syndrome

Kelsey Inouye’s job search gave her panic attacks and dented her self-esteem. But she learnt to take rejection in her stride.

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How to manage the uncertainty of a remote PhD

Satheesh Kumar has found ways to be productive without ever visiting his supervisor or lab.

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Take a walk: it’s the easiest way to step away from your graduate studies

Aine Lehane’s dog taught her the value of taking a break.

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The 100 memes that immortalize my PhD defence

Sophie Dufour-Beauséjour chose an unusual way to capture an academic rite of passage, with a little help from her friends.

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Six lessons from a pandemic PhD student

If you’re starting a doctoral programme later this year, particularly if your institution is still facing COVID-19 restrictions, Ciara O’Brien has some advice.

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You can help to create a new researcher-reward system

Universities, funders and others want to expand the contributions that the scientific community values and recognizes, says Karen Stroobants.

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Sell yourself and your science in a compelling personal statement

Don’t get bogged down in technical details, and balance the professional and the personal.

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Why you should consider becoming a doctoral representative

Join a group that represents PhD researchers to improve the working environment of your colleagues and to make friends.

  • Michaela Löffler

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My 2020 as an ‘alien’ PhD student in New York

Cecilia Zumajo-Cardona learnt three key lessons as an international graduate student in the United States, and is optimistic about 2021.

  • Cecilia Zumajo-Cardona

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Lifelong lessons from my unexpected encounter with a synchrotron

Biomedical scientist Vladimira Foteva didn’t imagine she would be working with physicists at an Australian particle accelerator when she began her PhD, but the experience taught her the value of collaboration across disciplines.

  • Vladimira Foteva

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My 11 part-time jobs made me a better PhD student

Waitressing, bartending and tutoring stole time from my academic studies, but I picked up transferable skills that still serve me well, says Cassie Sims.

  • Cassie Sims

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The lonely marathon run that transformed my approach to graduate school

When encouragement from friends, colleagues and family became harder to find, Taylor Engdahl learnt how to push herself.

  • Taylor Engdahl

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How I run a lab and work as a PhD student simultaneously

Oday Abushalbaq outlines his experience leading a team of neuroscience researchers from 9,000 kilometres away — while completing his PhD training.

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Why comparing yourself to other graduate students is counter-productive

Julia Nolte realized that the only fair comparison to make during a PhD is with your past self.

  • Julia Nolte

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How managing a chronic illness gave me skills that would strengthen my PhD

A childhood diagnosis of type 1 diabetes taught Olivia Favor about the importance of meticulous record-keeping and other skills that proved useful in the lab.

  • Olivia Favor

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How science should support researchers with visual impairments

Naheda Sahtout says being legally blind doesn’t fundamentally affect her skills, and argues that science needs to start a conversation to attract and empower more researchers like her.

  • Naheda Sahtout

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How to shake off the ‘impostor’ fears that plague your PhD studies

Three strategies for fighting those insidious feelings that you don’t deserve to be where you are.

  • Maisie Keogh

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Fifteen to one: how many applications it can take to land a single academic job offer

Survey finds that standard metrics of success can’t completely explain why some candidates get offers and others don’t.

  • Nina Notman

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Overcoming my writing guilt: writing in lockdown

How a PhD student found a way to be productive during lockdown after weeks of inactivity.

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US government rescinds antagonistic international-student visa policy

Plan to force students to take in-person classes or face deportation is dropped during a federal hearing.

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Bleak financial outlook for PhD students in Australia

Unable to afford medicines, utilities and housing, some students expect to suspend their doctoral programmes or drop out.

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Coronavirus diaries: a lockdown letter to myself as a PhD student

A closed lab prompts John Tregoning to reflect on his early career, informed by his 12-year-old son’s response to COVID-19.

  • John Tregoning

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How lost lizards and Hurricane Irma are helping me get through coronavirus restrictions

When the coronavirus pandemic struck, field ecologist Nicholas Herrmann adopted a perspective inspired by experiences earlier in his PhD.

  • Nicholas Herrmann

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Design your own doctoral project

Instead of looking for PhD positions, designing your own project offers advantages and challenges, says Jesko Becker.

  • Jesko Becker

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Five ‘power skills’ for becoming a team leader

Volunteering with an organization can improve communication and help you adapt to the unexpected, say Sarah Groover and Ruth Gotian.

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Embracing challenge: combining marathon training with graduate studies

Preparing for three races in three years at university showed Kathryn Wierenga parallels between running and PhD work.

  • Kathryn Wierenga

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The PhD student’s dilemma

Navigating the turbulent waters of the doctoral voyage

  • Sidique Gawusu

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PhDs: the tortuous truth

Nature ’s survey of more than 6,000 graduate students reveals the turbulent nature of doctoral research.

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A message for mentors from dissatisfied graduate students

In this second article to mark Nature ’s 2019 graduate survey, respondents call for more one-to-one support and better career guidance.

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PhD students in China report misery and hope

Nature ’s biennial doctoral-student survey reveals struggles for work–life balance, career guidance and emotional support.

  • Sarah O’Meara

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The mental health of PhD researchers demands urgent attention

Anxiety and depression in graduate students is worsening. The health of the next generation of researchers needs systemic change to research cultures.

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Founding a global biotechnology summit — while pursuing a PhD

Ipshita Mandal-Johnson teamed up with other graduate students to set up an annual forum to develop tomorrow’s biotechnology leaders. This is what she learnt.

  • Ipshita Mandal-Johnson

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Moving from prison to a PhD

Nature spoke to three US researchers who have built academic careers after they were released.

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Don’t miss your PhD deadline

Top tips for avoiding last-minute disasters and filing your thesis on time.

  • Nic Fleming

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Working Scientist podcast: Start looking for jobs before you finish your PhD

Gaia Donati and Julie Gould discuss some of the career issues faced by physicists today.

  • Julie Gould

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Communicating science at a music festival — with 135,000 attendees

Helen Currie has shared her fish-migration research at several UK festivals, including Glastonbury.

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Biking through my PhD

Overcoming my initial struggles after leaving China to start my PhD has been like riding a bike.

  • Shuxuan Zheng

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What I wish my friends and family knew about my PhD

Support must come from a place of understanding, says Kate Samardzic.

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What not to do in graduate school

Six limiting maxims PhD students should avoid.

  • Buddini Karawdeniya

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My nine steps to success as a PhD student in Nigeria

Medical physicist Iyobosa Uwadiae ignored sceptics who questioned her plan to pursue a doctoral programme in the African nation. Here is her advice.

  • Iyobosa Uwadiae

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How I explained a gap in my CV when applying to graduate school

Circumstances outside my control contributed to a year of ‘F’s when I started at university, but by owning the experience and addressing it directly, I strengthened my application to do a PhD, says Jasper Elan Hunt.

  • Jasper Elan Hunt

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Five reasons to do an internship during your PhD programme

Rekindle your love for problem-solving by taking your lab skills to a completely different environment, says Jessica Sagers.

  • Jessica Sagers

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Astronomy society pushes for diversity in US PhD programmes

Task force hopes that a report on boosting participation by under-represented groups will ‘pull the alarm cord to say we can’t continue doing things the way we have been’.

  • Kendall Powell

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Why earning a PhD is an advantage in today’s industry job market

Don’t despair if people try to talk you out of pursuing an industry position — your degree can open many doors, says Isaiah Hankel.

  • Isaiah Hankel

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Six project-management tips for your PhD

Use strategies from the private sector to better manage your graduate project.

  • Angel Santiago-Lopez

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Why graduate students should get involved in advocacy

Becoming a leader in a field you are passionate about can teach you crucial management skills and offer a support network outside of the lab.

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How to handle the one-size-fits-all PhD

Young researchers can use various strategies to help them to cope with the pressures and demands of doctoral programmes.

  • Lena Constantin

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Twenty things I wish I’d known when I started my PhD

Recent PhD graduate Lucy A. Taylor shares the advice she and her colleagues wish they had received.

  • Lucy A. Taylor

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The value of a PhD gap year

Taking a break from research can give you so much more than just a well-earned rest, says Janani Hariharan.

  • Janani Hariharan

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Teach undergraduates that doing a PhD will require them to embrace failure

Students must learn that a doctoral degree isn’t for everyone — and that not doing one might be a better option.

  • Irini Topalidou

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Why you need an agenda for meetings with your principal investigator

A list of talking points can help with navigating potentially difficult topics and sticky negotiations.

  • Tess L. Veuthey
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How to harness the support of your local community: write with your PhD pals

Writing sessions with colleagues are a great reminder to PhD students that we’re all in it together.

  • Agata Bochynska

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Harness the power of groups to beat the ‘PhD blues’

Doctoral students can use writing meet-ups to overcome isolation and depression — and boost their motivation, says Karra Harrington.

  • Karra Harrington

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Science PhDs lead to enjoyable jobs

A science doctorate has high value in the UK and Canadian job markets.

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Working Scientist podcast: It's time to fix the "one size fits all" PhD

Julie Gould asks six higher education experts if it's now time to go back to the drawing board and redesign graduate programmes from scratch.

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Working Scientist podcast: Too many PhDs, too few research positions

Students need to be clear about their reasons for pursuing a PhD and the career options open to them, Julie Gould discovers.

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Make science PhDs more than just a training path for academia

Science PhD programmes cater almost exclusively to students bound for academia, but they don’t have to, says Sarah Anderson.

  • Sarah Anderson

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The career costs of COVID-19: how postdocs and PhD students are paying the price

Closed labs and rescinded job offers have snatched away opportunities. How can science bounce back? Julie Gould finds out.

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Working Scientist podcast: How apartheid's legacy can still cast a shadow over doctoral education in South Africa

PhD programmes in "the rainbow nation" mostly lead to academic careers, but reform is needed to boost collaboration and integration, higher education experts tell Julie Gould.

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Working Scientist podcast: The PhD thesis and how to boost its impact

The thesis is a central element of how graduate students are assessed. But is it time for an overhaul? Julie Gould finds out.

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Working Scientist podcast: Team PhD

Scientific research is not the endeavour of a single person. It requires a team of people. How can this be better reflected in graduate student training, asks Julie Gould.

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“Academic Positions helped me find the right PhD project.”

In 2021, over four million job seekers visited Academic Positions to look for PhD, postdoc and faculty positions, including Oldouz Nejadi-babadaei. 

Oldouz is an urban and regional planner in Iran, and this September she will be moving to Stockholm to start a PhD in sustainability pathways and challenges at Södertörn University . Her PhD project, which she found on Academic Positions, will look at how people in marginalized communities are affected socially by climate change. 

She talked to us about her experience using Academic Positions to find her dream PhD project. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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When did you decide you wanted to do a PhD? 

I was always interested. Even when I was studying for my master’s at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, I was applying for PhDs. I wasn't successful so my husband (who was also a master’s student) and I went back home to Iran. We thought that once we got back to Tehran we would start working and continue to apply for PhD positions in sustainability pathways and challenges. Then we both got really involved in projects in urban studies--our field of study. But still, I looked at PhD positions just for fun. However, because of the pandemic and some changes in the social, economic, and political atmosphere in my country, I had more time to think about what I wanted to do with my life. I thought maybe it was time to try applying for PhDs again, and, happily, I was successful. 

Were you always interested in going abroad again for your PhD? 

Yes. My priority was Sweden and I preferred to be in Stockholm because I enjoyed living there during my master’s at KTH. I know the place and I have friends there and so forth. In general, I was looking for positions in Europe where I could study in English, so countries like Britain, the Netherlands or Belgium which have programmes in English. But mostly I was focused on Sweden.

What websites did you use to look for PhD opportunities? 

The main way that I was looking for them was with my list. I had a list of favourite links to universities which I knew had programs related to urban studies that I was checking regularly. But I was also receiving job alert emails from Academic Positions, I think since 2012. I never stopped them all those years. I liked to check them to see what positions were out there. That’s how I learned about Södertörn University. I didn’t know that Södertörn had departments and programs related to my field of study. My impression was that they were more focused on other areas. But then I got the job alert and looked them up and applied. 

It’s great to hear that you were able to use our job alerts to not only find the type of position that you were looking for, but also discover a new university that you didn’t know was doing work in your field. 

I thought that in Sweden, or at least in Stockholm, I had everything under control. But apparently I didn't. I didn't know about Södertörn so it was good to have Academic Positions. My keywords were sustainability, development, and urban planning. And sometimes there would be a position that included these keywords, but it wasn't relevant to me at all, but at the same time I also learned about other positions in departments that I hadn’t thought of that were a good fit.

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Oldouz on the KTH campus during her master's.

What are some of the advantages of using Academic Positions to search for PhD positions? 

Academic Positions has so many offers in one place which allows you to find positions that you wouldn't have expected or that you wouldn't have come across on your own, because you just couldn't know that they exist. For example, I came across a few interesting PhD projects in Italy and France. I usually don't look there because most of the time their programs are not in English. But through Academic Positions, I found some and applied. 

Do you have any other advice to share with other people who might be looking for a PhD?

You think that you will find the research project that fits you in a specific department, but nowadays, that's not the case. Because of the multidisciplinary aspect of research projects, it’s really good to use Academic Positions, which gives you the opportunity to discover PhD projects in a variety of departments. Maybe there's a project in your area of interest that really, really fits you, it’s just a department you didn’t expect. Academic Positions gives you more chances to find the right project.

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Open call for five fully funded PhD projects at the AISSR

18 December 2023

The Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) at the University of Amsterdam is pleased to announce a unique and exciting opportunity for prospective PhD candidates. We are inviting applications for five fully funded (salaried) PhD positions. We welcome proposals spanning the entire spectrum of social science disciplines, topics, and methods.

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Our goal is to assemble a diverse and exceptional cohort of candidates. We aim to recruit candidates with a broad range of epistemologies, disciplines, and backgrounds. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to join the AISSR’s PhD program and embark on their individual research projects under the supervision of AISSR faculty members.

Applications will be assessed according to three criteria:

(1) Quality, significance, and feasibility. We are in search of proposals that hold the potential to deliver groundbreaking insights. Applicants should provide a clear and comprehensive plan for how these insights will be generated.

(2) Fit with the AISSR. The proposals should align well with existing research and expertise within the institute to promote synergy and ensure high-quality supervision.

(3) Diversity, broadly defined. We are looking for candidates with distinct profiles and expertise, perspectives, and backgrounds and the potential to help shape the future of the social sciences.

An interdisciplinary committee, comprising representatives from all four departments within the AISSR, will evaluate the applications.

Who are we looking for ?

You are an ambitious and talented researcher with a passion for the craft of social science research. You are excited about your research project and have a clear, feasible plan on how to conduct this research. You are committed to contributing to the academic community in different ways, from helping with the organization of activities to participating in interdisciplinary debates. You have excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

If this vacancy appeals to you, but you are uncertain whether you might be the person we are looking for, please do consider applying. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates and specifically from people from backgrounds underrepresented at the AISSR.


Applicants must have a master's degree or equivalent within the social sciences by September 1st 2024.

What can we offer you?

We offer a temporary employment contract of 38 hours per week for a maximum term of four years. The initial employment is for one year and the preferred starting date is September 1, 2024. Following a positive assessment, this term will be extended by a maximum of three years, which should result in the conferral of a doctorate. You will attend courses offered by the AISSR and the Graduate School of Social Sciences as part of the PhD program. In addition to doing research, publicizing your findings, and participating in academic events, you will be involved in teaching (roughly 10% of your time).

For this position the University Job Classification profile “Promovendus” applies. Your salary will be €2,770 gross per month in the first year and will increase to €3,539 in the final year, based on full-time employment of 38 hours per week and in keeping with the  Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities . We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

17 March 2024

Do you have any questions after reading the job vacancy or do you require additional information? Please contact Marleen Rademaker at  [email protected]

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We are looking for a doctoral candidate with a particular interest in chemicals, the environment and human health. The main aim of the project is to increase our understanding on fate and effects of polymeric fluorinated chemicals. That will be studied in a collaborative project with researchers at Örebro University applying modelling tools including artificial intelligence and experimental approaches such as analytical chemistry. Application deadline is January 29, 2024.

Project description

Chemicals in products and materials provide large societal and health benefits, however some chemicals are ubiquitous in the environment and some have shown to cause adverse effects in biota including humans. Sustainable use of chemicals and efficient regulatory and policy actions requires expertise and tools for early identification of potentially hazardous chemicals. This project aims at developing tools to characterize and identify polymers as new and/or emerging risk chemicals (NERCs). Polymers are often overlooked in risk assessment of chemicals and here we will focus on fluorinated polymers that could degrade to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Your task will be to investigate these chemicals combining experimental environmental fate and effects studies with AI methodologies for smart text mining of big data and machine learning based modelling. Advanced analytical chemistry will be a key experimental tool. Results are needed for national and international regulators and policymakers to address EU policy under the Green Deal and the Chemicals Strategy aiming for zero pollution and a toxic free environment. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with researchers at Örebro University and from different disciplines and you are expected to play an active role in interdisciplinary cooperation.


You are required to have completed a second-cycle level degree, or completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits are at second-cycle level, or have an equivalent education from abroad, or equivalent qualifications. To fulfill the specific entry requirements to be admitted for studies at third-cycle level in chemistry, you are required to have completed first-cycle courses of at least 90 ECTS credits within the field of chemistry, or in a subject considered to be directly relevant for the specialization in question. Of those 90 ECTS credits, at least 15 ECTS credits shall have been acquired at second-cycle level within the specialization in question, or an equivalent subject.

We are looking for a candidate who is interested in analytical chemistry, computational chemistry, chemometrics, and artificial intelligence.

The candidate has very good command of the English language, both written and spoken.

Practical experience in risk assessment of chemicals is meritorious but not a requirement.  

You should be creative, with good interpersonal and collaborative skills, power of initiative, and a high degree of independence.

Terms of employment

The appointment aims at a PhD degree and the main task of the PhD student is to pursue their doctoral studies, which includes participation in research projects as well as postgraduate courses. In the assignments, teaching and other departmental work (up to a maximum of 20%) can be included. The employment is limited to four years full-time or up to five years when part-time teaching. The salary placement takes place according to the established salary level for doctoral employment.


A complete application should contain the following documents:

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- A curriculum vitae, including a list of BSc and/or MSc theses and, if applicable, research publications

- Copies of degree certificates, including documentation of completed academic courses and obtained grades

- Name and contact information of at least two reference persons

Applications should be in English or in Swedish, documentations in another language should be translated. Applications must be submitted via our e-recruitment system Varbi, no later than January 29, 2024.

For more information, please contact professor Patrik Andersson, telephone +46-703039856, [email protected]

About us The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest departments within the Faculty of Science and Technology with approximately 200 employees, of which approximately 40 doctoral students, and a strong and expanding research. The Department has three major research areas: Biological Chemistry, Environmental and Biogeochemistry, and Technical Chemistry. We are also a strong partner in the KBC, Chemical-Biological Center. Information about the postgraduate education can be found on the Faculty of Science and Technology website: . For more information about working at Umeå University,


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PhD Student Position (m/f/d) | Operando Electron Microscopy of Electrocatalysts

The Department of Interface Science headed by Prof. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya at the Fritz Haber Institute carries out cutting-edge research on advanced functional materials with applications in heterogeneous catalysis, energy conversion and electrochemistry. By combining unique synthesis methods, state-of-the art tools for operando experimental characterization and advanced approaches to data analysis, atomistic details of thermal catalysis and electrocatalytic reactions at gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces are revealed. In particular, structure-reactivity correlations on nanostructured materials can be established, paving the way for the rational design of novel catalytic materials.

We are looking for a PhD student (m/f/d) for the Liquid Phase Electron Microscopy Group at the Department of Interface Science.

Project: Operando Electron Microscopy of Electrocatalysts

We have a PhD student position available in the liquid phase electron microscopy group led by Dr. See Wee Chee. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to perform in situ / operando studies looking at the behavior of heterogeneous catalysts under reaction conditions using state-of-the-art liquid cell transmission electron microscopy (TEM) holders. The research aims to pave the way towards rational design of novel catalytic materials by establishing the structure-reactivity correlations in nanostructured catalysts. The PhD position is for three years.


We expect a PhD candidate to have:

  • A MSc degree in Physics, Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Materials Science or Chemical Engineering with excellent grades in relevant courses
  • Experience working with advanced scientific apparatus
  • The ability to solve practical and experimental challenges independently
  • A collaborative spirit and able to work in an international research environment
  • A strong background in electrochemistry and electrocatalysis is preferred
  • Experience with scripting for image processing and analysis using Python or equivalent languages is a plus


Please submit your application via our online application portal together with the following documents:

  • curriculum vitae
  • a list of publications (if any)
  • a statement of purpose
  • names and email addresses of two references

Applications will be accepted from immediately until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. See Wee Chee ( [email protected] ) Group Leader at the Interface Science Department for Electron Microscopy Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Faradayweg 4-6 14195 Berlin Germany

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The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft endeavours to achieve gender equality and diversity. Furthermore the Max Planck Society aims to increase the participation of women in research. Therefore, applications by women are particularly welcome. The Max Planck Society is also committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

The Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) is located in the quiet south-west of Gemany’s capital Berlin, which is a large, tolerant and cosmopolitan city. Berlin offers a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities.

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