Post-Graduate Opportunities:

OGPS receives announcement for postdoctoral fellowship opportunities, as well as the occasional career listing.  Here we will share announcements that are of interest to our graduating graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows.

University of Alabama: Institute for Rural Health Research seeks a postdoctoral fellow.

Postdoctoral Researcher opening at NETL

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) this posting seeks motivated, post-graduates (PhD) interested in working as part of Geologic-Environmental-Materials focus area with specific expertise and interest in materials research at NETL that pertains to Materials Performance in Deep Well Environments.  NETL is a multi-disciplinary, scientific and technical-oriented National Laboratory.  NETL’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) conducts research to evaluate environmental impacts and risk assessments associated with domestic energy resource development

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Programs and Advising

OGPS offers a series of presentations and workshops on careers, both in and beyond academe, throughout the academic year in conjunction with the Tulane Career Center. Advisors in the Career Center, located in the Diboll Complex across from Reily, are available to speak to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows about career planning and job documents.  Schedule an appointment by calling (504) 865-5107.

Certain schools have career offices for their professional students, including Public Health, Business, Law, and Architecture.

Career Bibliography

The books are recommended reading, to help guide you through your career search.

The Academic Job Search Handbook (2008) by Julie Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong

Guide to Nontraditional Careers in Science: A Resource Guide to Pursuing Non-Traditional Careers in Science (1998) by Karen Young Kreeger

Put Your Science to Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists (2000) by Peter S. Fiske and Aaron Louie

"So What Are You Going to Do With That?": Finding Careers Outside Academia (2007) by Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius

Surviving Your Academic Job Hunt: Advice for Humanities PhDs (2010) by Kathryn Hume

What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers (2013) by Richard N. Bolles

Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career (2004) by Herminia Ibarra


Web Resources

Versatile Phd

Versatile PhD is a web-based resource that you can use anytime, from any computer, confidentially. There you will find:

  • A thriving, supportive web-based community where you can participate in discussions, network with PhDs and ABDs outside the academy, or just listen and learn
  • Examples of successful resumes and cover letters that resulted in STEM, humanities, and social science PhDs and ABDs getting their first post-academic positions
  • Compelling first-person narratives written by successful STEM, humanities, and social science PhDs and ABDs who have gone on to non-academic careers, describing how their careers have developed after grad school and where they are today
  • Detail-rich Panel Discussions in which Versatile PhDs working in a given non-academic field describe their jobs and answer questions from grad students like you. Past topics include Freelance Writing and Editing, Higher Education Consulting, Management Consulting, Federal Government and University Administration.

The Versatile PhD can be accessed from any computer and is confidential. None of your academic colleagues will know you are using the site.

Because you are a student or fellow at Tulane, you get access to the PhD Career Finder where those high-quality written materials are stored. Navigate to Tulane Career Services; under Premium Services, click on the Versatile PhD link, then enter your Tulane username and password before creating an account on the Versatile PhD website. 

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