Careers for PhD Graduates: Academic Institutions

Learn about the different positions available to independent scientists at academic institutions.

Many PhD scientists seek positions as independent scientists at academic institutions, where they have two major roles. One major role is to establish a research laboratory in which they engage in exploratory research to generate and test novel hypotheses, solicit grant funding to support that research, and publish results in scientific journals. The other major role is in teaching students at a variety of different levels—undergraduate, graduate, professional, and postdoctoral students—within a scientific discipline of their expertise. Academic scientists usually have additional smaller roles in service to their department, college, or university, and sometimes in administration.

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Academia or Industry: Where Would I Fit In?—Similarities and differences between industrial and academic laboratories—their work ethics and research goals 
Academia or Industry: Considering the Fit—Topics to consider when asking yourself, "Where would I fit in?"
Academia or Industry? Finding the Right Fit—View the employment marketplace as an array of specific opportunities, each with its own characteristics 
Careers in Research Administration & Support—Securing funds and managing the organizational structures essential for research to move forward 
Higher Education / Teaching Jobs—Job searches at PhDs.org 
Academic Job Search—Job searches at About.com: Graduate School 
Academic Careers Online—Job searches at Academic Careers Online

Tools for PhD Applicants

Helpful tools for those applying to medical PhD programs

Workshops for Prospective PhD and MD-PhD Applicants

Upcoming short presentations will describe features of MD-PhD training, alumni careers, and detailed logistics of the application process.

Financing Your Graduate Education

Graduate schools in the biomedical sciences will generally provide a comprehensive funding package to their students.

Predoctoral Programs by School

Predoctoral Programs by School

Postdoctoral Programs by School

List of Postdoctoral Programs by School