Postdoctoral research

The University of Sussex is committed to supporting our researchers with career management and career planning. We are invested in helping you disseminate the result of your research and providing the support you need to develop the ability to transfer and exploit your knowledge. We offer training in transferable skills, both within our Academic Schools and through the Research Staff Office and Researcher Development Programme.

Distinctive research environment

Sussex has a dynamic and thriving research culture spanning the arts and humanities, social sciences, science and medicine. Our world-class interdisciplinary research challenges traditional boundaries, and characterises some of our most exciting contributions to knowledge, as well as the development of our research centres and groups.

We are also involved in many collaborative partnerships, including biomedical science through the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and our collaboration with the South East Physics Network (SEPNet), supported by £12.5m of government funding.

Sussex is home to research resources and facilities of international standing, such as the globally recognised Mass Observation Archive in the Sussex University Library, the Genome Damage and Stability Centre and the BSMS Medical Research Building. We also have a new nuclear magnetic resonance facility and purpose-built apparatus in cryogenic research which is among the best in the world.

Career and professional development

For optimal career prospect, you need the very best subject specific skills as well as training that prepares you for a variety of career possibilities. The ability to move between different paths can be key to a successful career. The Research Staff Office and Researcher Development Programme run a variety of courses and events for researchers seeking further funded or permanent academic posts or positions outside research.

Support for Research Staff

The Research Staff Office was created in 2013 to coordinate and oversee University support and provision for research staff. Visit our dedicated web pages for Sussex research staff to find out more about:

HR Excellence in Research

HR Excellence in ResearchThe University of Sussex has been recognised for excellence in supporting researchers (May 2013), demonstrating the importance we place on our research staff. Read the full gap analysis and implementation plan here:

A UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B11: Research Degrees and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission's HR in Excellence in Research Award, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.

A world class University

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), published by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, puts Sussex in the 100–150 globally, and within the top 10–14 in the UK.

Top 10 in the UK and 60th in the world for research influence – The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013–14

17th in the UK for research quality in the UK – The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014

See the full list of current University rankings.

A leading research University

In the 2008 assessment of the standards of research in UK universities, the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), Sussex was confirmed among the leading 30 research universities in the UK with:

  • 100% of departments producing world-leading research
  • 90% of research activity rated as world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised

Sussex submitted the work of over 535 staff to the RAE, nearly 90% of those eligible, with over 485 achieving work that is internationally recognised or better. Taking account of all staff who could have been submitted, with some institutions excluding many eligible staff, Sussex is at 16th place overall - a measure of the research intensity of the institution.