Posting a job on ResearchGate

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Posting a job on ResearchGate, a step-by-step guide

If you’ve ever posted job ads for science-related positions online, you know how frustrating the subsequent recruitment process can be. Though you might receive a high volume of applications, the quality of the candidates often falls below your expectations. Thus, when posting science jobs online, it is never a question of quantity but rather quality.

But now, by posting a job on ResearchGate, you can ensure that your scientific and research jobs attract exactly the right candidates.

How is this possible? For the simple reason that ResearchGate is more than an online job board. ResesarchGate aims to give targeted visibility to academic and scientific jobs, and to promote careers in the sciences to highly-qualified candidates.

This page will provide you with a step-by-step guide to posting a science-related job on ResearchGate. Follow these steps and in just under 10 minutes you can reach over 15 million scientists and researchers!

Creating a recruiter account

If you are not a scientist or a researcher, and do not have a ResearchGate user account, you must first create a recruiter account in order to post a job on ResearchGate. A recruiter account grants you specialized access to ResearchGate and allows you to post jobs and receive applications from qualified candidates. Of course, if you already have an account of any type, your are ready to start posting!

After creating your account, posting a job on ResearchGate is as simple as following these steps:

  1. Enter your employer details
  2. Fill out the job description
  3. Select your intended audience
  4. Preview your job
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Enter your employer details

Before posting a job, we just need a bit of information on you, as an employer, and which kind of job you are going to advertise. For that, we kindly ask you to provide on our landing page:

  • Your institution and department, if available
  • Your job title
  • Your location – country and city
  • Your phone number – which will never be shown to applicants
  • Your institutional logo

If you are affiliated with an existing ResearchGate institution, most of the information in the landing page will be filled out for you. Simply provide us with the job title and a phone number to reach you, and continue creating your job posting.

Fill out the job description

The next step is to provide the job description. This step is very important as you will want to provide the most detailed and accurate information about what the role you are hiring for is, what and you need from a good candidate.

Our job description page allows you to structure your advertisement into three blocks, the first one which being the description itself. The second block is designed for you to enter the skills and experience your ideal hire should have. Be sure to be as through as you can, as our audience selection system comes into play here by detecting major keywords that you enter in these fields.

Finally, you can choose to write something about the institution you represent, work environment, perks and so on. A good presentation of the workplace goes a long way in attracting good candidates!

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Select your intended audience

Now that you have entered your job description, it’s time to select some parameters that will define the audience on ResearchGate that will actively receive promotions for your posting.

Thanks to our latest developments, we are now able to suggest you an initial audience set up based on a specific position and up to three research areas that will define your ideal candidate. This information is taken from your job title and job description, so the more detailed you are, the better results you can get!

Of course, if you are not satisfied with our suggestions, you can change them before activating your job posting.

Finally, select whether you would like to receive applications at a specific email address, or if you would rather redirect applicants to your own application page. Either way works with ResearchGate, but we will not be able to provide you accurate metrics if you choose to use your own application page.

Additionally, you can add your internal job reference number, which can be helpful for invoicing.

Preview your job

After submitting the job description, you will be given the opportunity to preview your posting.

If you are satisfied with how your posting looks, you can activate it – your ad will immediately be published on the platform and be promoted to the desired targeted audience.

Don’t forget that you can come back to the platform at any time to check on your posting’s progress, check applications and perform adjustments to the job.