Year 3 PhD Cohort Day (Employability) 05 September 2017

The Year 3 PhD cohort day will take place on Tuesday, 5th September 2017.

The event will take place on the Mile End campus, Francis Bancroft building, room 1.15.

The Doctoral College 3rd Year Cohort Day covers the theme of employability, exploring career options after the PhD.

This course has two aims:

  • To provide faculty-specific advice on how to construct effective CVs and applications for academic and non-academic roles.
  • To give you the opportunity to engage and network with a range of QMUL PhD alumni that have gone into a range of interesting careers, both academic and non-academic.

The event will include speakers from a range of different career sectors – from research in- and outside academia, to consultancy, communication and industry – to share their experience of the job market with Year 3 PhD students.

All the QMUL alumni attending have PhDs and have moved into a variety of careers following their PhD. This event provides the opportunity to pick the brains of past alumni as well as getting some advice on how to make your CV suitable for a range of roles.

The event is now open for registration. To register students should go to and search for course code DC300.

Application Adviser vacancy at the Royal Veterinary College (paid, 3.5 hours per week)

The Careers Group’s Education Consultancy team are looking for an Application Adviser to enhance the service provided to the Royal Veterinary College  students and recent graduates. This role is one afternoon a week at RVC (Camden – nr. Kings Cross) and is particularly suited to a PhD or postdoctoral student from University of London colleges.

The Application Adviser will be primarily responsible for giving 1-2-1 feedback to students on CVs, cover letters and application forms. In due course they will run short mock interviews.  Full training will be provided on how to give feedback and no prior experience is needed.  This is a 1 year fixed term post.  If you want to help students further their careers, earn some extra money and utilise your interpersonal and communication skills then we want to hear from you!

For full info and how to apply go to

Deadline: Sunday 13th August. 

International PhD to Consulting Conference 2017 – London

PhD to consulting conference


The PhD to Consulting (PtC) Conference is a one day annual event targeted at PhDs and post-doctoral researchers interested in pursuing a career in consulting.

The PtC conference provides a platform for discussion and networking for PhD researchers and professionals from top consulting firms. The conference will focus on topics such as:

  • Exploring how receptive the UK consulting industry is to PhD students/graduates
  • Determining the scope for PhD recruits in consulting
  • Defining the consulting industry expectations of PhD students/graduates
  • Outlining the skills that PhD recruit should have for a career in consulting and how they may apply
  • Establishing any sector/industry specific demands for PhD students/graduates
  • Analysing typical recruitment and assessment procedures, including case interviews and competencies

The 2017 PhD to Consulting Conference will be held on:

Date: 22 September 2017
Time: 9am to 7pm (includes two networking sessions over refreshments)
Venue: UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford St, London WC1N 1EH

Click here for further information and to register:

Confirmed firms include:

  • BCG,
  • McKinsey,
  • Ernst & Young,
  • Deloitte,
  • L.E.K.,
  • OC&C,
  • Navigant,
  • Cranmore Executive Search.

Flexible job opportunity with the QM Careers & Enterprise Centre

The QMUL Careers & Enterprise Centre is seeking to recruit three Application and Work Experience Advisers to join the team to support the seasonal demand for advice from students and recent graduates.

This is a flexible role that would suit a current QMUL PhD student. It’s also a good way to gain work experience outside of your PhD!

Following training, the post-holders will provide advice on a 1-1 basis on the fundamentals of CV, application form and personal statement writing. They will deliver tailored mock interviews and give advice on finding work experience opportunities and part-time jobs. The successful applicants must have excellent communication skills, with the ability to give clear and concise feedback, demonstrate empathy and build rapport. Time management skills are also important due to strict appointment times.
As part of this role, additional hours will be provided for the marketing of careers module assessments. These hours can be worked remotely.

The days and hours will be decided between the three successful candidates, depending on candidate availability. The posts are term time only from September – February in the first instance. Training will be provided in September before the start of the academic year. Previous experience of working with undergraduate students is desirable.

The hourly rate for the post is £14.40.
Application enquiries should be directed to:

More information about the role (as well as details of how to apply) can be found at:

Details about the Careers & Enterprise Centre can be found at

The closing date for applications is Monday, 07 August 2017.
Interviews are expected to be held on Thursday, 24 August 2017.

Life Sciences Microbiome Network meeting – 19 September 2017

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The next LSI Microbiome Network meeting will be on Tuesday, 19 September 2017, 2pm-6pm at Charterhouse Square.

Date: 19 September 2017
Time: 2pm-6pm
Venue: Queen Mary University of London
Rotblat Building G.05
Charterhouse Square Campus
London EC1M 6BQ

For this meeting we would like to invite PhD students and postdocs to give short (10-minute) presentations of their microbiome-related work. Please submit titles to Rebecca Fowles and Naheedah Choudhury at by 01 September 2017.

Please share with anyone you feel would be interested in presenting.

Following the presentations there will be a discussion session on plans for capacity building and expertise sharing for microbiome work, followed by networking drinks.

To register to attend click here. Confirmed agenda to follow.

Cambridge Consultants Synthetic Biologist – PhD INTERNSHIP, Year 2 or 3 PhD students

Cambridge Consultants is building an exciting new business in biotechnology, particularly synthetic biology. We’re working to bring together biology, chemistry and engineering to design and build engineered biological systems. As part of this mission, we’re looking for a bright, motivated PhD student to join the team on an internship. With a strong background in biochemistry or molecular biology, you’ll work alongside our scientists and engineers to apply your scientific skills and knowledge to our synthetic biology projects. You’ll learn how new technology is applied in a business context and the challenges this presents.

This is a three-month internship with flexible timing.

For more information and to apply please see here; job reference 1123

RCUK internships for PhD students – apply by 10 August 2017

Research Councils are advertising 22 three month  PhD internships with various government departments, with a 10 August 2017 deadline for individual applicants.

For more information on the individual internships please see here.

Applicants should complete the online application form available via the above link. Applicants must also upload three documents before submitting their application:

  1. A CV
  2. A signed Funding and Permissions Form
  3. A policy briefing.

All forms required are available on the RCUK website.