Vacancies on Research Students and Research Staff Task Group

12 February 2020

The AGCAS Research Students and Research Staff Task Group is seeking to recruit three new members. 

About the group

The group currently comprises eight full time members and meets three or four times a year (mostly virtually) to support AGCAS members working with early career researchers, both PhD students and research staff, in order to develop and share expertise, professional practice and resources in this specialist area of provision.

Recent task group activity has included

  • Producing a quarterly digest sharing news, resources, and practice with the aim of helping careers practitioners involved in supporting research students or research staff
  • Delivering training for practitioners, workshops at AGCAS annual conferences, and webinars
  • Publishing research on academic careers, as a task group and in collaboration with
  • Creating a bank of resources to support careers practitioners in working with researchers
  • Developing and maintaining links with other groups involved in researcher development, including Vitae and Wellcome.

What we are looking for

We are an active and enthusiastic group and are keen to welcome new members. We recognise that AGCAS members working with researchers often work with both postgraduate researchers (PGR) and research staff and encourage applications from staff with joint or single remits. We also wish to encourage applications from colleagues for whom supporting researchers is only part of their remit, or those who have other diverse interests possibly in information, work experience or employer liaison.

Additionally, we are looking for individuals who:

  • Have ideas to further develop our task group strategy and outputs
  • Have experience and expertise in supporting researchers, i.e. PGR students and / or research staff
  • Can commit to attending three meetings per year, two of which may be face-to-face
  • Are able to devote time to developing resources, and taking part in organising and/or delivering training
  • Are prepared to take on some occasional administrative duties, including taking minutes and managing materials in the Task Group’s online shared work space
  • Are involved in careers support for researcher students and/or research staff at a range of institutions, be it large or small universities or non-university/ industry settings


Please feel free to contact Holly Prescott with any questions you might have about the group or for an informal conversation. 

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming a member of the group, please complete an application form and submit to by 17:00 on  Sunday 1 March 2020.