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Researcher Development Programme


Whatever your level of experience, field of research, or professional aspirations, we acknowledge that career management is an issue of particular importance to research staff, the majority of whom are on externally funded fixed-term contracts. With that in mind, the University has been working hard in the past few years to strengthen and expand the careers support we offer to our researchers.


Careers Service

The Careers Service offers a range of support to help you manage your career. Whether you intend to stay in academia or are considering a change of direction, this independent and confidential service will help you to make well-informed decisions on everything from exploring your options to tailoring a job application.

You can:

  • Have a one-to-one careers discussion in a friendly and objective setting with an adviser specialising in the issues and challenges facing researchers.
  • Find out how to produce a winning CV or tackle an interview.
  • Attend a wide range of careers workshops and events covering different themes and topics, from successful strategies for academia to considering your options beyond. Many events will give you the chance to hear current and former researchers talk about the career steps they've taken and their tips for success.
  • Access an extensive range of information and resources from the website, including recorded talks from previous events, a database of job vacancies, contactable alumni now working in various careers, and much more.

Click to access the Careers Service portal for research staff.


Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

The Concordat is a statement of principles for the support and management of researchers' careers, issued by Universities UK, the Research Councils, and other major research sponsors. It covers the responsibilities of research staff, your managers, employers, and funders. More detailed information can be found on the Concordat website.


Employment and Career Management Scheme for Researchers (ECMS)

The ECMS is part of Cambridge's response to the Concordat, to which we are one of the original signatories. The Scheme sets out clear minimum standards, and has been designed to be adaptable to the needs of researchers and principal investigators/supervisors of researchers, as well as of departments, faculties, institutes, and centres.

The Scheme itself, as well as a shorter Career Management Tool designed specifically for the use of researchers, can be accessed from the ECMS webpages.


Career Management Review

Career management review is the name given to the appraisal scheme for research staff: you can read more about it here.