How McMaster Engineering has improved its scientific recruitment with ResearchGate

How McMaster Engineering uses ResearchGate Recruitment Solutions to increase the size of its talent pool, hire diverse faculty, and promote its employer brand.


McMaster University is one of the world’s top 75 universities. It’s Faculty of Engineering has contributed greatly to this ranking, with impactful research, outstanding teaching performance, and strong partnerships with industry. The faculty has 33 research chairs,? $41.5M in external research funding, and $27.8M in new industrial projects. With this pedigree for excellence, McMaster Engineering needed a recruitment partner that could deliver the best talent and help shorten the hiring process so they could keep up their culture of distinction.


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Before ResearchGate – the challenge


McMaster Engineering strives for excellence in everything it does, and continual improvement is synonymous with the institution. This doesn’t stop at the talent it hires – it applies to the process too. Previously, the faculty had used various platforms and tools to advertise their jobs, but that didn’t always mean a quick hiring process. Alongside focusing on ensuring a diverse faculty, they needed a partner which could help them reach more people, quickly.

First contact with ResearchGate


Andrea Colbert-DeGeit, Executive Officer and Executive Assistant to the Dean of Engineering, is responsible for overseeing the implementation of policies and best practices around faculty recruitment, which includes multiple partnerships all feeding into one central system. While using some services was mandatory, there wasn’t one partner which stood out from the crowd. Then, some colleagues brought ResearchGate to her attention. They valued ResearchGate’s unprecedented reach – both in terms of discipline and its international scope – to facilitate new opportunities with untapped candidates.


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Perfect partners


Since starting to use ResearchGate for job postings, McMaster Engineering hasn’t looked back. A dedicated account manager has worked with the institution to identify areas which can be improved – such as optimizing job posts by coordinating articles about McMaster faculty to appear alongside their job ads, or bringing together all the departments using ResearchGate so they could receive a better rate and better use their individual budgets.?

Now, the Engineering, Science, and Health Sciences faculties use the tool on a regular basis to source faculty hires to great effect.?

What’s more, the Faculty now reaches a wider pool of people, thanks to ResearchGate’s 16 million validated members and 150 million monthly site visits. In fact, the Faculty of Engineering alone has achieved over 55,000 unique views of its job posts, leading to nearly 2,000 more applications which it would not have otherwise guaranteed.

“For any university the recruitment process can be expensive. Our account manager proactively reached out to offer us the best value. ResearchGate is very responsive and handles any concerns immediately. Jobs are posted in a timely fashion, and ResearchGate has helped us broaden our reach by increasing the applicant pool to whom we’re visible.”?

-Andrea Colbert-DeGeit, Executive Officer and Executive Assistant, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University

Key stats



  • Total postings to date – 42

  • Total unique views – 70,000+

  • Total applicants – 2,280+?


With 16 million researchers and 120 million scientific publications,?ResearchGate?is the world’s leading professional network for scientists. Scientists use the platform to accelerate their research work, and research institutions rely on the platform to find and hire the best in STEM.

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