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Postdoc Academy


Postdocs, or early career researchers, are crucial for the University’s world-class research and a vital part of the University community. There are just over 4,200 working in Cambridge, of which 3,200 are employed directly by the University and 1,000 are employed as Junior Research Fellows by the Colleges, the University Partner Institutes, or funded by external fellowships. 

They make up more than 35% of total University staff and they are the fastest growing staff group. They are also the most diverse staff group by nationality, coming to Cambridge from over 95 countries around the world.

These statistics alone tell only part of the story. It is the University’s vision for each individual postdoc to realise their potential in their own ambitions and in contributing to the University and society as a whole.

To achieve this vision, the University established the Postdoc Academy as the lead organisation relating to the postdoctoral community. There is also a dedicated programme for postdocs at the Careers Service.

The community of Cambridge postdocs contributes actively to a rich environment of support, through the Postdocs of Cambridge Society (PdOC) and other postdoc-led organisations.

There is substantial support for postdocs embedded around the University so we have created this website to help you easily navigate all of the resources that are available to you. We hope it will be a useful resource throughout your time here.

The following pages provide details of the Postdoc Academy’s role within the University - who we are and what we’re working on, and how this fits into the wider research/higher education landscape.


About the Postdoc Academy

Meet the Team

Corporate Engagement

Postdocs in the UK Higher Education Landscape

Contact Us

Latest news

Registration open for the 2021 National Postdoc Conference

20 July 2021

This virtual conference is an opportunity for UK postdocs to engage with funding agencies, policy influencers, researcher developers, career development professionals, and stakeholders across the research sector.

Cambridge Climate Action Coalition - call for speakers

7 July 2021

Cambridge Climate Action Coalition are seeking three postdocs to talk about sustainable finance tools and sustainable transport at a series of workshops in September.

July Postdoc Masterclass Sessions

30 June 2021

The final two sessions of this academic year deal with intercultural communication and navigating uncertainty.

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