Careers for PhD Graduates: 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.
—Similarities and differences between industrial and academic laboratories—their work ethics and research goals
—Topics to consider when asking yourself, "Where would I fit in?"
—View the employment marketplace as an array of specific opportunities, each with its own characteristics
—Securing funds and managing the organizational structures essential for research to move forward
—Job searches at PhDs.org
—Job searches at About.com: Graduate School
—Job searches at Academic Careers Online