Academic and research opportunities in Europe Academic and research opportunities in Europe

UK :

  • The ‘traditional’ academic job market in the UK is not buoyant: however, researchers are developing new opportunities to perform research work outside of institutional structures : Dr. Sustainable
  • Most universities have opted to remove the mandatory retirement age, with implications for the intake of early careerists.
  • Findings from the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, mean that the market is more fluid in 2015, with institutional ‘winners’ creating posts, and ‘losers’ fossilising or perhaps sheading capacity.
  • Slight peaks for advertised jobs come in the Autumn and Spring
  • About half of the academic jobs in the UK are assigned on a temporary/part time basis.  Owing to the requirements REF, opportunities for promotion may be relatively limited for staff employed on a temporary basis, unless they expand their research portfolio. 
  • Women are under-represented in senior academic roles, and may be disproportionately represented in temporary contracts.
  • Compared to other European countries, the average age of attaining a PhD is low: competition for academic jobs may be fought against international candidates with greater work/life experience.

Freedom of movement for Researchers in European Union states:

Various initiatives have been established to attempt to promote the circulation of researchers between European states, and to harmonise Higher Education provision, as well as career structures.  They are detailed here:

Even so, many variations persist in the academic cultures/hierarchies in different countries.  They are fully detailed at the following website (especially relevant for researchers in SSF and HUM):  League of European Universities

Erasmus schemes:

  • A full list can be found through the British Council (
  • Erasmus transfers can be as short as five days, although four to six weeks is typical for teaching assignments
  • You may be teaching or working within a research team. You may be carrying out and disseminating the results of projects on topics like widening participation or distance education, or building links between local communities and higher education.

Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies (Social and Human Sciences) - see here

EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion is unique European initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services to researchers wishing to pursue their research careers in Europe or stay connected to it

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