Career Development

Post docs and early career researchers at Queens are offered a comprehensive career development programme aimed at developing future ready and resilient researchers who are flexible and adaptable in a currently challenging employment market. You can use this service if you are a member of staff on a fixed-term research contract. This includes postdocs, JRFs, research assistants (with or without a PhD) and holders of research fellowships. Our development provision is equally focused on careers within and beyond academia and includes:

 Individual appointments with a careers consultant

You can book an appointment if you require guidance on:

  • Finding new jobs (within and beyond academia)
  • Preparing job application related documentation
  • CV review and advice
  • Interview preparation
  • Creating a career development plan
  • Other career related matters

To book a 1-2-1 appointment email Dr Lilian Simones (our Careers Consultant) directly, at


We offer a range of employability workshops to support post docs and early career research staff with the next step in their career.

 These include practical skills development on:

  • Job hunting
  • Preparation for interview (academic and non-academic) including, mock interviews
  • Job documents (academic and non-academic) (e.g. applications, cover letters, CV)
  • Designing your career
  • Leaving academia

 A list of forthcoming workshops is available below:

Job Documents that Work

Designing your Career

Transitioning Beyond Academia (Programme) coming soon

Developing Effective Non-academic Interview Skills

Developing Effective Academic Interview Skills

Tell your Story

Mastering the Techniques of the Academic Interview

Mastering the Techniques of the Non-academic Interview



To register for a place on a training course log onto Queens Online ( then  select ‘Other’ from the list on the left of the page and then select ‘Training courses’.


For an full list on the workshops and courses available to Queen’s staff please check the staff development programme.

If you would like to suggest any workshops please email Dr Lilian Simones,


Transitioning Beyond Academia Programme Review