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Getting an Academic Research Position

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

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

9.5 hours of learning

10-30-minute bite-sized lessons

4-module course with certificate

About this course

‘Getting an Academic Research Position’ will show researchers how to get an academic research position that suits them perfectly. It will teach them the skills to find, select and apply to suitable roles, send tailored applications, and impress potential employers at the interview.

What you’ll learn

  • How to find potential career opportunities that align with your personal attributes, desires and goals 
  • How to apply for positions in a way that will highlight your strongest attributes and most relevant qualities
  • How to present yourself authentically and effectively during all stages of the interview process, giving you the best possible chance of success
  • How to assess whether a job you are offered is suitable and choose between competing job offers

The course

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Exploring your values, interests, skills and career goals

9 lessons 2h

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Finding a research position

6 lessons 2h

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Applying for a research position

9 lessons 2h 30m

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Excelling at the interview

8 lessons 2h 30m

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Developed with expert academics and professionals

This course has been created with an international team of experts with a wide range of experience, including:

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

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

Advice from experienced researchers

The course also has additional insights through 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

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