Recruiting for UKRI and UK SBS

Frequently Asked Questions

Recruitment Process


What does the recruitment and selection process involve?

If you meet the requirements of the role, as stated in the job posting, and are shortlisted for the next stage, you will be invited to attend a selection event. Selection events vary according to the role that you are being considered for but would typically include a face-to-face interview. We also use other selection methods such as assessment days and online ability/psychometric testing for certain roles. You will be informed of the specific selection methods used for your vacancy when you receive your letter of invitation.

How long will the recruitment process take?

The time taken will depend on the specific role that you are applying for. We will always aim to keep timescales to a minimum. You can check on the status of your application by accessing your account online.

How do I know my application has been received?

When you have successfully applied for a role you will receive a confirmation email. Please ensure you follow any instructions contained within the email. You should also check to ensure you’ve uploaded your CV and covering letter to ‘My Submission’ rather than ‘My Profile’.

Is there a limit on the number of roles I can apply for?

Some of our vacancies do have limitations on the number of roles you can apply for however this is stipulated on the advert and is only for certain types of roles – mainly STFC’s Graduate and Industrial Placement schemes. Otherwise, there is no limit on the number of roles you can apply for.

What time do applications close?

Applications close at 23.59 on the date specified for the individual job vacancy. Make sure that you've clicked 'Submit' before this time to ensure your application is accepted.

Will I be notified of an outcome of my application even if I am unsuccessful?

Candidates are informed of the outcome of their application as soon as we are provided with information from the hiring manager.

Who can I contact if I have further questions about the recruitment process?

We aim to provide all of the information relating to the recruitment process on this site. If you have a particular query that we have not answered, for UKRI roles please email resourcing@careersportal.co.uk
For UK SBS roles please email recruiting@uksbs.co.uk

Account Information


How do I change my password?

If at any time you forget your password, please select “Forgot your password?” at the login screen and enter the email address you used when registering. A new password will then be sent to you. Please be aware that as part of our commitment in keeping your data safe, if you have not logged into your account in the last 12 months, your account will expire.

Can I receive notifications for any future jobs that may interest me?

Yes! If you want to stay up to date on our open positions, take a minute to sign up for job alerts. To do this go to the Job Search page and you’ll see a ‘Sign up for Job Alerts’ box. Within it, click on ‘job alerts’ and fill out the short form.

How do I update my General Profile?

Once you have registered you can update your details and load documents to the system that are relevant to job applications at any time. To do this go to the Job Search page and click on ‘Go to Profile’ and log in.

Who can I contact if I am unable to apply online?

For UKRI roles please email resourcing@careersportal.co.uk

For UK SBS roles please email recruiting@uksbs.co.uk

They will be able to provide you with an alternative method of application.


How do I view/amend my application documents (C.V. etc.)

To view or amend your documents you will need log in to ‘My Submissions’ which can be found on the Job Search page.
Note - do not delete documents for any current applications. You should provide documents for each application and include the reference number in the title of the document.
If you are unable to upload documents, for UKRI roles please email resourcing@careersportal.co.uk
For UK SBS roles please email recruiting@uksbs.co.uk ensuring you include the reference number.

Do I need to set up a Careers Portal account in order to apply for a role?

You don’t have to create an account, you can apply as a guest however we do encourage candidates to create an account as should you be successful in being offered a role, it will facilitate accepting the offer/contract and onboarding process.

Equal Opportunities



Do you have an equal opportunities policy?

We operate a fair, open and consistent recruitment process. Applications are treated on their individual merit and according to the skills and experience required for that role. For further information, please click ‘Looking for roles in UKRI’ and/or ‘Looking for roles in UK SBS’ where you will find links to Equal Opportunities.

What support do you offer for candidates with a disability?

We are Disability Confident Employers. We are committed to providing a recruitment process that is fair and accessible to all, therefore applicants with a disability will be invited to interview if they demonstrate they meet the essential criteria for the role in their application. We recognise that some individuals with disabilities may find aspects of the standard application and interview process challenging. We want every applicant to have the best opportunity to demonstrate their skills and ability so if you need to do things differently, let us know. We will endeavour make reasonable adjustments to enable people with disabilities to demonstrate their talent.

Early Careers


Do you recruit for Graduates, Apprentices and Students?

Yes. We run specific campaigns for Graduates, Apprentices and Studentship roles. Please search our current vacancies to view available opportunities.

General Information


How often is this site updated?

We manage a high volume of vacancies and this site is updated on a daily basis.

What benefits and development opportunities can I expect if I am successful?

Each of the organisations we recruit for offer a competitive benefits package and learning and development opportunities for employees. For further information, please click ‘Looking for roles in UKRI’ and/or ‘Looking for roles in UK SBS’ where you will find further links to benefits and other useful information.

Do I need to have the 'Right to Work' in the UK to apply for jobs through this site?

UKRI holds a sponsor licence that enables us to support candidates in obtaining sponsorship to work in the UK for some roles, in line with legislation set by UK Visas & Immigration. For vacancies where we are not able to sponsor candidates, information should be included in the advert that advises candidates that they would need to already have the right to work in the UK in order to take up that position. Please note for UK SBS vacancies, UK SBS does not hold a sponsorship licence, so we are only able to accept applications for candidates with the right to work in the UK.

Do I need to be security cleared to work with you?

Yes. Offers of employment are made subject to satisfactory pre-employment screening. If you receive an offer of employment from us, we will send the necessary documentation to you to complete.

Can I send my speculative CV?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept speculative applications. If our current vacancies aren't suitable for you, we recommend that you sign up for our job alerts which will notify you via email when new roles become available.

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