Beyond the Ph.D.

We want to make sure you succeed! Below you will find some resources that can help you identify opportunities for employment after your Ph.D. and provide tips on interviewing.

Know Your Options:

Participating in the Graduate Program for Urban Biogeoscience and Environmental Health has prepared you for a career in sectors ranging from academia, government, and industry, to non-profit organizations. Below are some resources that can help you identify your career path and the options you have once you complete your Ph.D.

Tenure-Track Faculty Job at a Community College.

Tenure-Track Faculty Job at a Research University and the process of getting there.

If Academia is not for you there are many alternative career paths that require your specialized skillset. If you enjoy the setting of a university but are not inclined to pursue a tenure track position, there are many alternatives. Other examples are positions at governmental institutions, for which you have to tailor your application in a particular manner.

Listings of  Opportunities:

Federally Sponsored STEM Jobs and Fellowships offered by various government agencies. These opportunities span various STEM disciplines and range from research internships to Ph.D. program fellowships. 

National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowships through the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. These Fellowships place you in a National Laboratory where you participate in research projects around a specific topic, travel to conferences,  and publish research papers. These fellowships come with a competitive stipend, health insurance, and funds for travel and relocation.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships for gradaute students, recent graduates, and postdocs. ORISE opportunities are available in many National Laboratories and allow you to participate in research projects on a specific topic of interest, provide a competitive stipend, and can include funds for travel.

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Fellowships and Internships for recent graduates. These programs can place you at state/local health departments and federal agency offices around the U.S. or worldwide where U.S. agencies are assisting Ministries of Health. You participate in research projects on a specific topic of interest, receive a competitive stipend, funds for travel, and some programs offer an additional fellowship allowance. 

Positions at local/state and federal government.

Job Market Advice:

Mastering the Interview. If you’ve been selected for and interview, first of all, congratulations! You will either be asked to participate in an in-person interview or one held through video conferencing. Read about some tips on interview preparation, some additional tips should you be selected for a video interview, ideas on how to navigate a panel-style interview, and other tips that make you shine on your next interview. 

Teaching Demos. If you’ve applied for a faculty position you might be asked to give a teaching demo as part of your on-site interview. Read some tips on giving a successful teaching demonstration on your next campus interview.

Still No Luck? Try to make some changes to your application materials and ask your network of experienced professionals for help. Read about three ways to get around road blocks when it comes to applying to jobs and how to stay positive despite having received rejections.