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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 4,000 working in Cambridge, of which 3,000 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 – up by more than 160% since 2000.

They are also the most diverse staff group by nationality, coming to Cambridge from over 90 countries around the world (including around a third EU/EAA nationals).

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 Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA) in 2013 as the lead organisation relating to the postdoctoral community. And in 2020 we became the Postdoc Academy. There are also dedicated programmes for postdocs at the Careers Service and the Researcher Development Programme, and subsidised staff housing for which many postdocs will be eligible.

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 a lot of support for postdocs embedded around the University so we have created this website to help you easily navigate your way to 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 all 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

Tweets from the Postdoc Academy

Latest news

Stephen Hawking Fellowships 2020 - apply by 7 September

29 July 2020

The fellowships will provide up to 4 years’ funding for postdoctoral fellows with a strong passion for curiosity driven science that seek to challenge current assumptions, advance scientific knowledge and inspire the public through their discoveries.

Global Future Councils Fellowship - apply by 14 August

22 July 2020

The World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils are seeking to appoint a number of postdoctoral fellows.

Schmidt Science Fellowship - 2021 call now open

16 July 2020

Final Year PhD students in STEMM disciplines are invited to self-nominate for the 2021 Schmidt Science Fellows programme.