Research Career Management

The Researcher Development Framework was developed by researchers for researchers and maps out the skills, attributes and behaviours required of an effective researcher.  

Everyone’s research career is different and so one career pathway might require you focus and develop one area more than another. While ethics is essential for all, policy engagement might be particular to your area of work. Important to remember is that people rarely have identical career paths.  

To learn more about the framework and to support you in identifying your developmental needs, Vitae have developed an online tool to get you started. To access the tool, create a Vitae account using your University email.  


Professional Development for Researchers Online Course (Vitae) Research Career Resources (Vitae) Introduction to the RDF for Research Mangers (Vitae) Stories in Science: Postdoctoral Career Pathways (University of Dundee)
Career Advice ( Research Career Development (UKRI) Develop Your Research Career with Wellcome (Wellcome Trust) Interactive Career Framework (Medical Research Council)

Recommended Reading

Arts and Humanities Research Council. 2012. Career Paths of AHRC funded PhD Students. DTZ: London. Available at:

Delamont, Sara, and Atkinson, Paul. 2004. Successful Research Careers. Maidenhead: Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press.

Elvidge, Liz, Williams, Emma, and Spencely, Carol. 2017. What Every Postdoc Needs to Know. New Jersey: World Scientific.

Fenby-Hulse, Kieran, Heywood, Emma, Walker, Kate. 2019. Research Impact and the Early Career Researcher: Lived Experience, New Perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge.

Jaegar, Audrey J. and Dinin, Alessandra J. (eds). 2018. The Postdoc Landscape: The Invisible Scholars.2018. London: Elsevier.

Lyall, Catherine, Bruce, Ann, Tait, Joyce, and Meagher, Laura. 2015. Interdisciplinary Research Journeys: Practical Strategies for Capturing Creativity. London: Bloomsbury Academic. In particular: Charting a Course for an Interdisciplinary Career, 103-136.

Murgua, Annalisa, and Poggio, Barbara. 2019. Gender and Precarious Research Careers. Abingdon: Routledge.

Vitae. 2016. What do research staff do next? Cambridge: Careers Research Advisory Centre

TU Training

Research Career Management This short course will furnish you with all the tools you need to plan your research career. Over the course of 4 weeks, we will discuss:

• the current policy context for research, including the Research Excellence Framework

• how Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework can support your career development

• how to identify and understand your developmental needs.

By the end of the workshop you will have a clear idea of what lies ahead in terms of a career in research and have developed a career plan. Go to our events calendar to book on this course.