Postdoc Portal

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

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Where can I find Career Information?

Chemistry Department - Professional development

Here is a link to the career development review form. This is designed to give you an opportunity to reflect on your current work, and create and manage a development plan for the future.  This plan can be discussed with your supervisor and reviewed regularly.

General Career Advice

The University's Careers Service has a lot of very useful information on their website:

You can also make a one-on-one appointment with a Career Advisor. 

Career Development Program for Postdocs

The MPLS Division is setting up a programme to support the professional development of its postdocs, with a broad focus on transferable skills and career planning. They run a number of courses intended to support professional and career development, whether you are planning to continue working in academia or change careers.They have a dedicated Career Development Training website and information about training courses.

The Chemistry Department is working together with the MPLS to provide postdocs with additional training/resources in order to target Chemists’ needs more specifically. Upcoming seminars/events will be advertised through the postdoc portal and via the twitter feed. If you have any ideas or would like to get involved, please get in touch with Prof. Andrew Weller (andrew.weller@chem.ox.ac.uk) or PDRA Dr Holly Reeve (holly.reeve@chem.ox.ac.uk)

Becoming a Researcher and Developing a Research Career

Research Councils UK offer advice for being a researcher on their website.

 Training and funding

  • MPLS Training: There are lots of courses for postdocs and research staff designed to support your career and professional development.
  • Oxford Learning Institute (OLI) run lots of courses, we also have access to Lynda.com which has 100s of online courses
  • Enterprising Oxford have lots of resources and training for building entrepreneurship skills
  • Funding: For more information about early career researcher funding, contact Katherine Rooke, email: katherine.rooke@chem.ox.ac.uk
  • IT Courses: Click on the course list for details of all courses. There is a breakfast introduction to IT, courses in: computer language, digital images, databases and basic IT skills to name but a few. If you need help with any type of software, have a look here. There may well be a course to suit you.