Category Archives: Careers

Acing the Assessment Centre

Today, the selection process for almost every job includes an assessment centre. Candidates are required to demonstrate competencies required for the role in a range of settings and through a variety of activities. These could include an interview, a group task with other candidates, a presentation followed by questions, or a written task.

The Brilliant Club has over five years of experience running assessment centres for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers applying for positions as PhD Tutors on The Scholars Programme or as participants on our teacher training route for PhD graduates – Researchers in Schools. Michael Slavinsky is the Teaching and Learning Director at Researchers in Schools and has designed and assessed many assessment centres over the years. In this workshop, he will use The Brilliant Club assessment centre activities to provide attendees with the opportunity to consider how they can best prepare for, and perform at, this stage of the application process irrespective of career direction.

BAE Systems – career opportunities for PhD students in business and technology

The technology company BAE Systems will be visiting Durham on Tuesday 27th October to speak specifically with PhD students. The session will start at 10am in the Calman Learning Centre (CLC 406).

The aim of the session is to introduce career opportunities within BAE  that may be of interest, and relevant to, PhD students. BAE do not run a distinct recruitment programme for PhD students (join the business at the same level as other graduates) although salaries reflect experience and qualifications. There will be representatives from the Finance Leadership Programme, Maritime (e.g. instrumentation and calibration) and the Applied Intelligence Business Unit. This unit is consulting focused with a strong emphasis on cyber security and data analysis. There will also be an opportunity to network with representatives from the company.

To find out more about this event and reserve a place visit the CARD training course booking web page.

Careers in Academic Publishing – talk

CNCS is delighted to host an informal information session on Careers in Academic Publishing, on Thursday 3rd September, 6.15pm-7pm, in the Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham.

Holly Buttimore, Editor (Humanities and Social Science Journals) at Cambridge University Press, and Laura Macy, Senior Commissioning Editor (Music Studies) at Ashgate Publishing will each outline their own career paths, the work they do, and career opportunities within the sector. Students will then have the opportunity to ask questions about careers in academic publishing.

The event is free and open to all postgraduate students, but places may be limited. If you would like to attend, please email Roisín McCloskey at by 2pm on Wednesday 2nd September.

Kaleidoscope – Call for Editors

final Editorial Board Specifications

Call for Editors

With the recent publication of issue 6.2, Kaleidoscope is rapidly becoming a prominent medium in which to capture the work of early-career researchers at Durham, in the UK and internationally.  Each year the journal’s issues take the annual IAS theme as their focus, and have presented direct and elliptical engagements with topics such as the legacies of Darwin, Modelling, Being Human, Water, Futures, Time, Light and Emergence. As one of the few journals to accept submissions from all disciplines, Kaleidoscope fosters interdisciplinary work and allows new researchers to publish their research or write about developments in their field in a variety of formats, from long articles and review essays to short book reviews. Having successfully edited the latest issue of the journal, some members of the current board intend to hand over to new editors at the end of this academic year. With the current editors initially providing guidance in the background, the new editorial team is expected to publish the next issue in early 2016.   There will be vacancies for the positions Arts and Humanities Editor, Sciences Editor, Book Reviews Editor and Editor in Chief.  All research postgraduates at Durham University who are under supervised study during the year 2015-2016 are warmly invited to apply to fill these roles.

As well as boosting your career profile, working on the editorial board of Kaleidoscope gives you a valuable insight into the process of publishing, and offers the opportunity to build your skills in proof reading and copy-editing. You will also be working alongside a diverse range of people, from your co-editors to postgraduates and early-career researchers at other institutions or in other disciplines. If you are interested in applying for these positions, please examine the person specifications and job roles attached to this email, and familiarise yourself with the work of Kaleidoscope at its website ( To apply formally, please send a current curriculum vitae and a short (200/300 word) explanation of how you would contribute to the development of Kaleidoscope to the Secretary of the Institute of Advanced Study, Pauline Edmondson ( by 05 June 2015.

In addition, the current editorial board are hosting an informal drinks reception and drop in session at Ustinov College (Fisher House) on 19 May at 6.00pm, to answer any questions or queries potential applicants may have. Candidates will be selected for a particular position by the current editorial board, in conjunction with a member of the Academic Advisory Board.   It should be stressed that editing Kaleidoscope is very much a team effort, and no one post should be considered as more important than another.  Applications will be judged against the criteria in the job descriptions and selection will be based on the position to which your skills are best suited, as judged by the evidence of your written application.   You are welcome to apply for more than one position; please indicate your preferences in your application.  If you are unsuccessful in your application for an editorial position, you may still be invited to join our database of peer reviewers, proof readers and book reviewers.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

Best Wishes,

The Kaleidoscope Editorial Team


Daphne Jackson Fellowship Opportunity for pharmacist/scientist returning to research at Durham University

The Daphne Jackson Trust has a Fellowship opportunity that will be hosted and sponsored by Durham University and Pharmacy Research UK. Please see the advert attached. The Fellowship will be held in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health.

Daphne Jackson Fellowships are unique and provide the opportunity for individuals to return to research following a career break of 2 or more years, taken for family, caring or health reasons. The part-time Fellowship allows the individual to balance a bespoke retraining programme with a challenging research project in a suitably supportive environment.

Nine out of ten Daphne Jackson Fellows are women returning to research following a break to bring up young children.

Daphne Jackson Fellowships can help support universities’ commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace and provide the flexibility, mentoring and retraining that individuals need to successfully return their research careers following a break of 2 or more years.

At least two Daphne Jackson Fellows have already successfully returned to their research careers at Durham University and they have inspiring stories to tell.  I can put you in touch with these former Fellows who, through their stories/experiences, could inspire others to return to research at Durham.

The deadline for preliminary applications for the Fellowship is 31st May 2015.

Do let me know if you require further information, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes


​Dr Caroline Cross

Communications & PR Manager

The Daphne Jackson Trust

T 01483 689166 | | @DaphneJacksonTr

We are the UK’s leading organisation dedicated to realising the potential of scientists and engineers returning to research following a career break.

** Winners of the ‘Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Leadership Award, 2014’ **