Why use LinkedIn?

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More professionals and academics are becoming aware of LinkedIn as a means of sharing information and discussing key issues in their field. But what can LinkedIn do for the job seeking researcher?

Create your online CV and ask for recommendations

Think of your LinkedIn profile as your shop window to potential employers. The more complete your LinkedIn profile is, the more it will appeal to those viewing it. A complete profile also enables LinkedIn to suggest relevant jobs for you, so make sure that you ask your current employer or colleagues to add a recommendation – these can often be the deciding factor for a recruiter when they’re considering whether to contact you.

Join Groups

Maintain a visible presence on LinkedIn by joining groups and taking part in discussions. You can even start your own discussions and groups and ask for advice related to your field. Many groups have a dedicated jobs section too so you may also find relevant vacancies. To get started, why not join the Newcastle University Alumni Association if you are a Newcastle graduate or the appropriate groups for your previous universities. Then have a look for groups that relate to your research or your other interests.

Research organisations and institutions

LinkedIn is a great resource for ferreting out information about prospective employers or collaborators. Following a university, an organisation or a company on LinkedIn will keep you in the loop on what they’re up to, and keep you informed about the area they operate in. Equipping yourself with this information is invaluable for when you make contact or attend an interview.

Plus, you can look at information about individuals who work for a particular organisation; which organisations employees worked for beforehand and who they are connected to. You can then identify key players in your field and who you could be collaborating with!


Science Career Fair

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 Now in its fourth year, the Naturejobs Career Expo (formerly The Source Event) is the UK’s largest career fair and conference for the scientific world.

The Expo promotes the UK and Europe as great places to pursue a career in science, be it in industrial research, research organisations or academia. It presents opportunities from public, private, national and international organisations.

You can meet with potential employers offering hundreds of genuine vacancies. The conference plenary and workshop sessions provide a unique opportunity to meet high profile scientists and gain careers information and advice.

Over 1000 experienced UK and European scientists, in physics, chemistry, the life sciences and medical sciences, actively seeking their next career move attend.

Of the 2009 London event attendees:

  • 72% were in full time employment
  • 65% held a PhD degree
  • 79% were over 25 years old

23rd September, 2010 – Business Design Centre, London

More information and details about how to register available here.

Job Vacancy – Technology Transfer Officer, Newcastle University

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Technology Transfer Officer, Newcastle University
Ref A509A (Faculty)
Faculty/Services Medical Sciences
Department Medical Sciences Faculty Office
Job Type Professional & Administrative
Hours of Work Full time
Salary: £36,532 up to £38,757, rising to £43,622
Closing Date: 17 December 2009

The Faculty of Medical Sciences is looking to recruit a Technology Transfer Officer to assist in the commercial exploitation of intellectual property and the core competencies, skills and resources of our Institutes of Cellular Medicine; Cell and Molecular Biosciences; and Human Genetics.

You should have an MSc or PhD in a life science related subject and an understanding of the principles, processes and issues underpinning commercialisation in a Higher Education institution.  Technical, strategic and commercial acumen will be required to link academic research, technology transfer and translation.  Previous experience in both academia and the industry sector will be an advantage (pharmaceutical, biotechnology or similar).
Tenable for two years.

For an informal discussion on this opportunity, please contact the Faculty’s Business Development Manager, Martin Cox, on 0191 222 7309 Email:

Apply here