Applying for a Postdoc

Participants will learn about becoming a post-doctoral researcher and about identifying the most suitable position as well as exploring possible career paths in order to help an informed decision about future careers in research. The workshop will also look at potential sources of funding, particularly in the fields of arts, humanities and social sciences and business.

By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Be aware of possible career paths and the realities of pursuing a career in research
  • Understand what is involved in working as a contract post-doctoral researcher
  • Be aware of the similarities and differences between being a PhD Researcher and a contract researcher
  • Be aware of different approaches in identifying post-doctoral researcher positions
  • Be aware of a range of factors to consider when choosing and applying for post-doctoral positions
  • Have a clear expectation about what may be involved in a post-doctoral interview and be aware of common features in the recruitment process for contract research positions
  • Be aware of considerations to take into account before accepting a postdoctoral position.


  • Professor Raffaella Folli

    Professor Raffaella Folli is Provost of the Belfast/Jordanstown campus.

    Professor Folli studied Philosophy at the University of Milan. In 1998 she completed an MPhil in Linguistics at the University of Oxford and in 2001 a DPhil in Linguistics, also at the University of Oxford. She joined Ulster University in 2005 having previously held research positions at the University of Arizona and then the University of Cambridge. Her main research area is theoretical syntax. Her standing in linguistics is evidenced by her extensive publications in top journals in the field, various grants from different research councils and extensive collaborations with academics in the UK and the US. In 2011 she was awarded a Distinguished Research Fellowship award in recognition of her research achievements.

    Raffaella is part of the linguistics team that in 2012 established the Ulster Centre on Multilingualism (UCoM), an information service for people raising or working with children growing up with more than one language.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain B of the Vitae Framework: Personal effectiveness which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • B1: Personal qualities
  • B2: Self-management
  • B3: Professional and Career Development
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework