Career Development & Job Opportunities
Check out the Career Development services offered by Georgia Tech, as well as some links for popular pages with job postings for Physics PhDs.
I. Career Development While at Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech's Office of Grad Studies has a Career Development page that gives information on a variety of workshops, services and contacts to help with finding employment after graduation. All Physics Ph.D. students are encouraged to make use of these programs and services throughout their time at Georgia Tech. These programs include:
- Tech to Teaching Certificate Program for students interested in future teaching careers
- Preparing Future Faculty Workshops that help students get ready for the academic job market
- Professional Development Roadmaps to help students organize their development activities
- Graduate Communication Certificate Program to give students the skills to nail their next interview.
- Versatile Ph.D. for students interested in exploring nonacademic career options. (See also this page from the AIP about private sector jobs for physics Ph.Ds.)
In addition, make note of the Georgia Tech Center for Career Discovery and Development for additional resources.
II. Graduate Interns & Co-ops
Current School of Physics Ph.D. students, in consultation with their research advisor, may find it useful to spend a semester or two working as an Intern or as a Co-op Student (some possible internship opportunites are listed by the APS). There is no tuition associated with the Graduate Co-op Program, nor are there any required fees. Students are provided full-time enrollment status through registration in an audit credit Graduate Co-op course. This permits students to retain all privileges of full-time enrolled students while on work assignments. Full information, plus a FAQ, can be found at the Georgia Tech Co-Op/Internship website.
Physics Ph.D. student Kirk Barrow kindly shared the process that he followed to arrange his Co-op semester at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
1) Make a CareerBuzz account here: http://careerdiscovery.gatech.edu
2) Make an appointment with the advisor for Graduate internships/co-ops at Career Services
3) Get approval for the co-op in person.
4) Get the form you signed filled.
5) Report your co-op/internship and upload your offer letter and the form.
6) Get a permit to apply for the tuition-free 12-hour co-op course.
8) Report back after the internship.
More information here: http://careerdiscovery.gatech.edu/graduate-student/application-process
III. Postdoctoral Fellowships and Job Listings
Here are some well regarded Postdoctoral and Research Fellowship programs to consider applying to as students approach finishing up:
- NRC Research Associateship Programs - 4 deadlines a year.
- NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (NPP) - 4 deadlines a year.
In addition, below are some links to popular job posting sites for physics graduates.