Applying for Research Positions

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Key features

Supports researchers with strategies to advance their academic careers

Includes a workbook with keypoints, activities to reinforce the content, and additional online resources

Interactive workshop where the trainer stimulates engagement and discussion with the attendees


1-day live workshop delivered by an expert trainer

Auditorium or classroom style

Available in-person or virtually


Up to 250 early-career researchers

Can be broad-focused or tailored to one of five research areas: life sciences, physical sciences & engineering, Earth & environmental sciences, clinical medicine, or social sciences

Masterclass in Applying for Research Positions

Finding the right research position can be a formidable task, and one that will further shape the researcher’s career. Therefore, this pivotal transition step needs to be done carefully and thoughtfully. This 1-day workshop aims to give researchers the necessary skills to find and secure the right position for their next step in their careers. Nature Masterclasses are available in-person or virtually.

The lecturer gave a very clear and informative course, discussing both generalities and specifics of applying for research positions.

Applying for Research Positions workshop - led by experts

Finding job opportunities

  • Discusses avenues students can explore to find potential job opportunities
  • Discusses the importance of staying up-to-date in the literature to identify trends and interesting research topics/groups
  • Reviews the importance of networking at conferences to make connections and obtain recognition in the field
  • Discusses using academic career databases, to identify opportunities and familiarise yourself with regional trends

Contacting the employer

  • Discusses obtaining background information on the research group, to better understand what they are looking for
  • Discusses how to write an impactful CV and cover letter that discusses your expertise and its alignment with the research group’s goals
  • Explores general guidelines for communicating over email with the potential employer

Successful interviews

  • Discusses how to logically organise a presentation that clearly guides the audience through your research
  • Discusses how to emphasise the value your experience and skills will have in helping the research group or department reach its objectives
  • Covers handling questions with the interviewer(s) and what questions you should be asking during the interview

Next steps

  • Discusses how to follow up with the employer after the interview politely and professionally
  • Reviews negotiating contracts and how to do this effectively
  • Covers tips and advice for making the move and comfortably settling into your new position

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