Resources for post-docs

As a postdoc in the School of Biology, you have access to various resources. Here are some that might be useful.

Information for new postdocs

A copy of the staff induction handbook is available on the staff internal website bioInternal (password protected). If you have problems accessing this, please contact Sean Earnshaw, Biology IT support.

How do I find grants to apply for?

Many grants have eligibility requirements in terms of contract and/or time since PhD completion. While contract staff cannot be the Principal Investigator on UKRI grant proposals, there are other grants for which post-doctoral staff can apply and it is worth looking around for opportunities. Also it is possible to be a ‘named’ researcher on a grant submitted by a PI if you contribute to writing a grant, so it is worth speaking to a mentor if you wish to be involved in a UKRI application.

Research Funding Support offers support in all aspects of research awards and contracts from pre-application (idea/finding funding and costing stage) to award (contract negotiation, project account setup, invoicing and financial reporting).

What is the REF?

Details about REF2021 can be found on the Research and Innovation Services pages.

Where can I get help with writing grant applications?

Within the School of Biology, we have initiatives underway to help junior researchers improve success rates for grant/fellowship applications:

  1. We provide recent successful grant exemplars via the internal staff website bioInternal (password protected). If you need access to the website, please contact Sean Earnshaw, Biology IT support.
  2. We offer internal review for all grant/fellowship application submissions. Please allow sufficient time for this process (contact the Biology Director of Research by email to set this up).
  3. We run in-house grant and fellowship-writing workshops.
  4. We have a research grant application checklist on bioInternal with items to consider from 3 months prior to the grant deadline.

How am I doing?

It is expected that all staff undertake an annual appraisal, held in January each year. For postdocs, this appraisal will generally be conducted by your line manager, but you can request an alternative assessor if you prefer.

How do I meet people from other departments?

There are various networking schemes run across the university:

You can also engage with improving university policy and practice for research staff via involvement with the Research and Teaching Staff Forum. Contact the School of Biology reps for further details.

Where can I get mentoring advice?

The University offers the Teaching, Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme for postdoctoral staff.

A complete summary of the major mentorship schemes for which staff in the School of Biology may be eligible can be found here.

Where can I find out about training opportunities?

The Organisational and Staff Development Services (OSDS) offers a selection of training courses. Visit their online catalogue to browse the courses on offer.

OSDS also runs a new staff induction program.

Where can I get help if I am not coping?

A listing of the various resources available to you as a member of the University of St Andrews are available on the health and wellbeing website.

Can I get involved with teaching?

The University provides guidance on teaching for postdoc staff, including information on payments.

Semester dates can be found here.

What’s going on in the School of Biology?

You can keep up to date with news in the School of Biology newsletter, which is circulated to staff each Friday.

Other resources for Biology Staff

Please also see our page on resources for Biology staff – many of which also apply to postdocs.

School of Biology policy on the recruitment, support and retention of independent research fellows (IRFs)

We have developed advice and a policy (VPN required) to provide clarity on expectations for those with independent research funds.

Disability and neurodiversity

The school is keen to support all of its staff and students.  The University has a newly established Staff Disability Network.  For staff with additional or recent diagnoses, HR and Occupational Health would be the first port of call for support or advice.  OSDS have a range of support available for researcher development. EmployAbility is an external organisation that supports disabled students and graduates to access employment and also provides excellent support and advice. Additional resources about neurodiversity can be found in External Resources and Links.