Being a postdoc in the Faculty of Life Sciences
What it means to be our Postdoc
You would be joining a Faculty which has around 250 postdoctoral researchers and offers world-class facilities and extensive research career support.
Our postdocs are central to Faculty research success: in a 2010-2011 survey, they were first author on 166 high-impact publications. The importance of our postdocs is recognised in the support we offer, which includes programmes of training and development, career planning, personal development, academic progression, writing and communication.
The University of Manchester holds the European Commission HR excellence in Research Award, for its support of research staff and progress in implementing the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.
Investing in our Postdocs
Postdoctoral researchers in Life Sciences at Manchester have access to a wide range of specialist scientific training opportunities, many involving our superb core research facilities which are supported by experienced experimental officers.
A bespoke training and development programme, tailored to the individual needs of Life Sciences researchers, offers advice in personal development, academic progression and career planning, as well as one-to-one support through mentoring.
Advancing Postdoc research careers
"As a post-doc, I was interested in career development events, including attending the Faculty fellowship application workshop. After this event, it became clear that I needed to get my CV strengthened with publications, teaching activities and collaborations. So I talked to my supervisor who kindly agreed for me to teach some of his lectures. I was actively involved in collaborations with pharmaceutical industries. I got a few papers published in 2008, therefore I felt that its time for me to go for it. I started my application to the MRC in Nov. 2008, and was awarded the fellowship in April 2009."
Dr Qing-Jun Meng, Postdoc 2003 – 2009, MRC Fellow 2009 – 2014.
How to apply to be a postdoc in FLS
The exceptional depth and breadth of research activities in the Faculty, from molecules to cells to tissues to organisms and populations, led through our twelve research groups, provide great research opportunities. Find out more about how your research experience and interests would fit with our Faculty of Life Sciences thematic areas.
Our postdoctoral positions are advertised on the University Research jobs website.