Getting an Academic Research Position

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For researchers in the natural sciences looking to take their next career step, either as a new postdoc or in a new faculty role

Subscriptions available to institutions, departments, and labs

Key features

4-module course with a course certificate

11 experts in research career development including experienced academic researchers, Nature journal Editors, and coaching and careers specialists

7 - 8 hours of learning

10 - 30 minute lessons

English language subtitles and transcripts

What you’ll learn

Understand how to find potential career opportunities that align with your personal attributes, desires, and goals 

Learn how to apply for positions in a way that will highlight your strongest attributes and most relevant qualities

Learn how to present yourself authentically and effectively during all stages of the interview process, giving you the best possible chance of success

Understand how to assess whether a job you are offered is suitable and choose between competing job offers

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Insight from expert academics and professionals

This course contains insights from experts with wide-ranging experience, including:

  • An international team of researchers with experience hiring for academic positions
  • Nature journal Editors with extensive expertise in career development
  • Professionals with backgrounds in continued professional development, researcher coaching, and mentorship and graduate career services

This course was developed and refined by an expert panel, comprising:

Hanah Margalit

Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

David Payne

Managing Editor, Careers & Supplements, Springer Nature

Gaynor Roberts

Head of Continuing Professional Development, Springer Nature

Liane Siu Slaughter

Career and Communication Coach, Clear Water Science Consulting

Laura Stark

Director of Graduate Career Services, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Insight from researchers

The course also has additional insights through video interviews from:

Nowsheen Goonoo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Mauritius

Antentor “AJ” Othrell Hinton Jr

Investigator and Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University

Jack Leeming

Senior Editor, Careers, Nature

Mark Richards

Senior Teaching Fellow, Imperial College London

C. Daniela Robles-Espinoza

Assistant Professor, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Meng How Tan

Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Accessible dip in and out format

The course contains bite-size lessons and provides an accessible, dip in and out format for busy researchers.

Researchers can track their progress through the course and fit the lessons around their work.


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  • Up to 15 researchers
  • 12 months’ access
  • Usage reports showing researcher uptake

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  • Up to 50 researchers
  • 12 months’ access
  • Usage reports showing researcher uptake

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Institutional subscription

  • Institution-wide access
  • 12 months’ access
  • Usage reports showing researcher uptake
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Subscribe to support institutional objectives...

Improve the quality of internal applications from researchers at your institution as they progress in their careers

Improve the reputation of your institution by ensuring your researchers gain highly regarded positions

Support the professional and career development of your researchers while saving staff time on mentoring and training

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Hanah Margalit
David Payne
Gaynor Roberts
Liane Siu Slaughter
Laura Stark
Nowsheen Goonoo
Antentor “AJ” Othrell Hinton Jr
Jack Leeming
Mark Richards
C. Daniela Robles-Espinoza
Meng How Tan
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