Researcher Career & Development Frameworks

Researcher Development Frameworks have emerged to assist researchers to identify and plan for the acquisition of relevant knowledge and skills as they progress through the different stages of a research career.

The European Framework for Research Careers outlines the stages of a research career as:

Words often used to describe the progress of a researcher from novice to Principal Investigator are ‘independent’, ‘leading’, ‘recognised leader’, ‘peer recognition’, ‘expert’, ‘international reputation’, etc. How does a researcher progress from working under a Supervisor or Mentor to becoming an internationally recognised expert in their field? Research in the area of early career researcher development has identified the knowledge, skills and personal attributes which researchers need to acquire. Higher educational institutions, including TU Dublin, have developed their own Researcher Development Frameworks. Every researcher who joins TU Dublin comes with their own unique experience, skills, and aspirations.

Using a Researcher Development Framework is an opportunity:

Researchers have busy personal and professional lives. Having a Researcher Development Plan supports a measured and personalised approach to individual researcher development. ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day' and the same can be said of developing a research career. A researcher needs to make considerable effort and stay focused over long periods of time in order to develop and sustain a  career in research.

Researcher Career Development Framework (RCDF)

The TU Dublin Researcher Career Development Framework (RCDF) supports researchers to identify the key knowledge, skills, and personal attributes they need to develop and enhance as they progress through their research careers.

View the following resources for more information:

Area A: Discipline/Field Specific

Area B: Engagement, Dissemination, and Impact

Area C: Professionalism

Area D: Career Development