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Welcome to the UCD Research Skills & Career Development Website

We are delighted to welcome you to the UCD Research Skills & Career Development website for Post-Doctoral Research Fellows. 

UCD Research Skills & Career Development (RS&CD) was established under the Research Careers Framework (RCF).  The UCD Framework establishes a structured and supportive skills and early career development model for Post-Doctoral Research Fellows Levels 1&2 (PD Fellows) at UCD. 

Under the RS&CD Framework all PD Fellows Level 1&2 will have access to development opportunities which are more targeted towards their skills and career requirements. This is to increase awareness of a broader range of employment opportunities both within Ireland and internationally and to provide ongoing development of researcher skills to assist them in taking advantage of these opportunities.

As part of the RS&CD process, PD Fellows will sit down with their PI/mentor and discuss their progress to date and agree up to three development objectives over a 9-12 month period.  Full details on the process and supporting documentation is available on the site.

UCD RS&CD is committed to meeting the training and professional development needs of Post-Doctoral Research Fellows. However we are cognisant that it will evolve, based on PD Fellow and PI feedback and input , to meet existing and emerging needs of the post-doctoral community while also providing an integral resource in their professional development and career path. 

If you are an existing PD Fellow (Level 1 or 2) and have not been contacted regarding the Framework and access to development opportunities please discusss with your PI/mentor to ensure completed mapping forms have been forwarded to HR.  If you are new to UCD details of the Framework will be provided within 6-8 weeks of commencing your post-doctoral position.

Should you have a particular query or have any comments/feedback please email