A career in academia

  • Are you interested in pursuing an academic career? Are you looking to continue your academic journey by taking on other research positions and/or eventually becoming a lecturer or tenured professor? The academic job landscape is challenging: it is competitive, international and not always transparent. In order to find your way, preparation is key!
  • Before you start searching for academic jobs, it might be good to consider what the life of an academic looks like. What are their main tasks and responsibilities? What is the future of an academic career?
    • Your supervisor or principal investigator are obvious sources of information on this, but you can also talk to other professors or postdocs in your network about what the job really entails. This information will help you decide whether this is a career choice you want to make and will help you pitch yourself credibly as part of the application process for academic jobs.
    • Make a list of things you appreciate about your job as a PhD or Postdoc and then think of the downsides. Look at how they compare and consider alternatives for the downsides you've listed.
    • Pros and cons of becoming a professor

If you've always worked as a researcher it can be a little bit daunting to consider other types of jobs and workplaces. Don't let that prevent you from exploring  options outside of academia.

Applying for grants

Ghent University Funding Academy

This office works as a one-stop-shop for all activities organised to inform, train, and advise researchers in developing grant proposals. Its overall aim is to make available existing expertise, level knowledge and skills for all researchers, and increase the quality of grant writing. 

Funding opportunities at Ghent University

Other funding opportunities

Applying for jobs

Steps in the career cycle

Explore yourself

The first part is devoted to exploring your own strengths, motivations
and values.

Explore what's out there

The second step is to discover career options in academia and beyond that fit your professional self-understanding.


Step four deals with applying for jobs, including writing your CV and cover letter and preparing for the job interview.


 The third step is all about setting a goal and focusing on how to get there.

“Science is not only a disciple of reason but also one of romance and passion.”  (Stephen Hawking)