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Postdoc Academy

 

There is now a lot of online content to support your professional planning and development.

To help you navigate and choose relevant topics for your own situation, we've collated professional development resources around a series of themes, which you can access online at any time.

For upcoming live training and events, please see our Postdoc Calendar.

 

Communication and Conversations                            

Planning, Productivity and Personal Effectiveness

Entrepreneurial Mindset and Enterprise Skills

Research Skills, Knowledge and Tools

Leadership

Career Planning and Progression

 

 

Engaging with your Professional Development

The following resources have been designed to help you get the most out of your online professional development:

Our new podcast, The Proactive Postdoc, showcases former Cambridge postdocs to shed light on how they maximised their time to learn and develop while working in the University.

They offer their stories and tips on preparing to transition onto new roles and opportunities, and how to cope with the unexpected.

 

Can't find what you're looking for?

The Postdoc Academy works closely with internal and external partners to support personal and professional development opportunities for postdocs.

If you can't find what you're looking for here, you may well find it on one of their websites listed below:

 

Postdoc Careers Service

The Careers Service offers a specialist service to research staff interested in academic careers as well as a wide range of careers beyond academia.

This includes individual appointments, workshops, events, and resources on their website.

Postdocs, JRFs, and holders of research fellowships can use this service – including those employed by the University Partner Institutes.

You can schedule a virtual appointment with a postdoc careers adviser or access online workshops and other content by signing up for a Handshake account, which will also give you access to the Handshake career management and networking platform.

Public Engagement

The public engagement team provide a wide range of training and bespoke advice on applying for funding, building partnerships, and evaluation.

The University of Cambridge Engaged Researcher Training is now running an online edition - you can find all of their sessions on the Postdoc Calendar.

Strategic Research Initiatives and Networks

The Research Strategy Office manages the University’s cross-School Strategic Research Initiatives and Networks and Interdisciplinary Research Centres.

These programmes build on areas of existing research strength by bringing together a critical mass of expertise from across the Schools, with four key aims:

  • to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges
  • to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines
  • to increase research capacity and profile by providing a platform for large-scale funding applications, recruitments and international research partnerships
  • and to enhance our ability to influence national and international research, policy and funding agendas.

You can find out more about these programmes and how you can get involved on the Research Strategy Office website.

Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing

Prioritising your wellbeing is essential for professional success.

There is a range of resources available for postdocs provided by the Equality and Diversity Office, including training and events and links to a range of diversity networks

If you are finding the current situation particularly difficult and need to speak with someone confidentially about how you are feeling, you can access free 24/7 anonymous online support for mental health wellbeing via The Big White Wall.

University Library Research Skills

Cambridge University Libraries have designed seven online training modules, packed with key ideas and tips to guide you through working with academic literature and research.

Whether you are searching for information, managing data, or preparing to publish, these guides will help you find your way in this landscape and make the most of your research opportunities.

Office of Scholarly Communication

The Office of Scholarly Communication provides a range of guidance and resources around Open Access and Open Research.

They also offer training sessions tailored to researchers in both STEMM and AHSS disciplines - you can find these all in the Postdoc Calendar.

Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning

The Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning works with staff to enrich educational practice, funds innovation, and encourages the exchange of ideas and methods.

They also provide numerous guides to aspects of online teaching, including lecture recording, educational technologies, and working with students online.

LinkedIn Learning

Linkedin Learning is widely used by academic and business institutions across the world and is now available to all University students and staff.

The Researcher Development team has evaluated and curated a series of Linked In Learning collections on the topics of research expertise, personal effectiveness, engaging with others, and career progression to help you with your research and to contribute to your professional development.

Other resources and support

You may also wish to explore the University's list of learning and development providers on the Staff Professional Development homepage for a range of other training providers and opportunities. 

Postdocs working in biomedical research may also find the Medical Research Council’s online tool useful.

Their interactive career framework provides information on possible career and funding pathways in biomedical research within academia and/or industry.