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How to find your dream research job without swimming through a sea of listings

Elsevier colleagues use their machine learning expertise to help researchers find their next career move on Mendeley Careers

Mendeley staff at Elsevier’s Alphabeta office in London (Photo by Todd Fredericks)
Mendeley staff at Elsevier’s Alphabeta office in London (Photo by Todd Fredericks)

Starting the search for your next career move can be a daunting prospect. It’s a tough challenge whether you’ve just completed your doctorate or have been working in academia or the commercial sector for years.

For some, a dream job is about working with cutting-edge research. For others, it’s the day-to-day difference they can make in the lives of others. It may be about solving practical problems or delving into deeply theoretical research. Above all, we know researchers are passionate about their work; over 68 percent of researchers feel the work they are doing is making a real difference to society, according to a 2015 Elsevier survey.

A large number of researchers, particularly mid- and early-career researchers, are constantly looking for opportunities. They often face information overload, having to monitor everything from social media to jobs sites and the channels of prospective employers.

Mendeley Careers uses machine learning to help researchers by suggesting job positions that are most relevant to their interests and expertise.

Daniel Kershaw, a Senior Data Scientist at Elsevier, explained that the new recommender tool –  Mendeley Careers Suggest – recommends open job postings based on your reading history:

To determine what jobs a researcher might be interested in, our algorithm looks at the titles and abstracts of articles they are reading in Mendeley. It then makes content comparisons between the open jobs posted on the site and the articles the person has read. It recommends highly relevant jobs to the researcher without them having to do a thing.

Mendeley Careers Suggest uses this recommender with about 150,000 open job ads across science, technology, education and medicine in both the public and private sectors.

“Mendeley Careers has more open job ads than any other academic publisher or research platform,” said Heather Williams, Mendeley Careers Senior Product Manager.

“A traditional job alert is a passive way of finding a job that requires time, and we know a lack of time is a key challenge for researchers,” she added. “Mendeley Careers Suggest is active, tailored to your research interests.”

How to get job recommendations

Millions of Mendeley users who have signed up for notifications will automatically receive these jobs alerts; those who haven’t just need to click on the downward pointing arrow next to their name on the top right-hand corner of the Mendeley desktop, select Settings and Privacy, then click Notifications on the menu on the left.

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“This is Mendeley Careers’ next step to connect the brightest minds to positions that let them pursue their passions,” Heather said.

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