Researcher development

Researchers in the Faculty of Science benefit from an ongoing programme to help them build their professional skills and competencies, and develop an awareness of career development opportunities. This links into the the award-winning Think Ahead framework that helps researchers across the University of Sheffield develop their careers.

There are training workshops, a support group to help researchers with grant writing and an annual away day for postdocs. We also take part in the Crucible programme, developed by NESTA to create "outward-facing researchers", and the University of Sheffield's Springboard personal and professional development programme for women.

Resources for staff

Faculty of Science researchers can find lots of resources on the Faculty of Science Staff Intranet. This site includes a calendar of upcoming development events and training opportunities, information about professional networks across the University and details of how to take part in the Crucible and Springboard for Women programmes.

Faculty of Science Staff Intranet: Researcher Development

For more information about researcher development work in the Faculty of Science, contact Dr Sandrine Soubes on or 0114 222 4220.

You can find out about more general support for researchers at the University of Sheffield at the Researcher Portal site run by our Research and Innovation Services department.

Researcher Portal

Springboard for Women

Researcher societies

There are a number of different groups and societies for PhD students and postdoctoral research staff in the Faculty of Science. Some are specific to particular departments while others, such as Sheffield Colloid Network or Science in Policy, organise events and activities around particular specialisms or interests.

Find out more about our researcher societies

What our researchers say

The videos on this page tell you more about some of the activities and programmes that Faculty of Science researchers have taken part in. You can find out what they thought of the events and about the useful skills and experiences they've picked up along the way.