‘What do research staff do next?’ project



The ‘What do research staff do next?’ project run by Vitae in collaboration with Naturejobs is investigating the careers of researchers who used to be employed as research staff in UK or European universities, but have since moved on to other employment sectors.

The project focuses on researchers who have been employed as researchers in higher education (as research staff, postdoctoral researchers or on fellowships) and then moved into other occupations. It will reveal the tipping points in their careers, understand their decision-making processes and explore their experiences and reflections of their career paths. This will provide an invaluable insight into potential employment opportunities for research staff considering moving out of higher education.

Our aim is to generate new evidence towards the question that is genuinely under-explored in the research community: What do research staff do next?

Are you a former research staff who works outside higher education? Or do you know any former research staff who work outside higher education? Tell us your #postacstory!

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