PhD students and research staff

Welcome to the section of the LSE Careers website devoted to PhD students and research staff.

PhD career development programme 2015

Read the latest career development programme brochure below. The brochure outlines the most relevant services and resources and advises you on how to approach your career while at LSE. You can also download the brochure [pdf].


You can book an appointment with the PhD careers adviser on LSE CareerHub.
Please note: All career discussions are held in confidence.


Log in to LSE CareerHub to search for job opportunities and book places on careers events. We also have lists of other academic and non-academic job sites suitable for PhD students.

Careers events

One hour seminars on careers issues relevant to PhD students run throughout the year. For information about the latest events log in to LSE CareerHub

Our PhD careers consultant also delivers seminars for the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) programmes for PhD students and post-doctoral staff.  For more information contact TLC on

You can also find all our PhD careers seminar slides on this website.

Access to LSE Careers after you graduate

You can continue to book appointments with the PhD careers adviser for two years from the date of your PhD graduation.

For further information on alumni access please visit the CareerHub access page.

Research staff access

As a member of research staff you can access CareerHub and book career events and appointments. Register as a new staff user here.

PhD students – preparing for the future

‘Using your time effectively to prepare for your future’ was the theme of the LSE Careers seminar for PhD students this week. Our speakers emphasised ways to manage your time efficiently so that you can gain a variety of experiences that will assist your future career progression. They talked about gaining teaching and research experience; learning about academic impact; public […]


Should I stay or should I go? Five questions to ask for academic versus non-academic careers

We’ve written some guidance on what to think about if you’re considering a PhD and here Ruth Garland, who’s just finished her PhD in media and communications at LSE (having returned to academia after a 25-year career in public sector PR) follows up. Ruth is currently teaching master’s students at Brunel University. If you find halfway through your master’s, or towards the end […]


Working in research roles in international organisations and think tanks

Blog by LSE PhD careers consultant, Catherine Reynolds: Multiple factors influence career development and for PhD students the interaction between external circumstances and personal priorities make every individual story unique. On Wednesday evening last week we heard three different versions of progression into roles in international organisations and think tanks. An engaged audience of 30 or so current PhD students […]


Prospective PhD students – learn more about what LSE Careers has to offer

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re applying to study for a PhD at LSE or have applied and need to make a choice at some point. There are lots of things to consider when choosing a university, especially from a careers perspective. What careers will be open to you with an LSE degree? What careers support will you have whilst […]


PhD students – you can work in academia! Advice from us/an LSE student

… but it might take some effort. Here Katsuhiko (Katsu) Yoshikawa (4th year PhD candidate, Department of Management) shares his story about getting an academic job during his PhD study and makes some suggestions for people eager to make their life in academia. He has recently received multiple job offers for lecturer/assistant professor positions and accepted one from Shanghai Jiao […]


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Interviews for academic posts (for PhD students and research staff)

Starts: 1 Mar 2017 12:30 PM
Finishes: 1 Mar 2017 1:30 PM
Remaining places: 30
​This seminar is an introduction to interviews for academic jobs for PhD students and research staff, covering how to prepare and what to expect.

Meet an Alum - government/policy

Starts: 2 Mar 2017 5:30 PM
Finishes: 2 Mar 2017 7:45 PM
Meet an Alum brings together alumni and current students for small 30 minute group discussions so you can find out what it’s really like to work in a particular field or organisation.

Finding research fellowships and applying for post-doc funding (for PhD students/research staff)

Starts: 6 Mar 2017 4:00 PM
Finishes: 6 Mar 2017 5:00 PM
Remaining places: 21
Develop your understanding of research fellowships in academia at this seminar, where you will learn the process involved in finding and applying successfully. For PhD students and research staff only.

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