Jobs & Internships
Are you a senior physics major looking for your next steps after graduation? Are you an undergrad interested in exploring a new field of research?
Below are some academic, career and extracurricular opportunities from institutions who have reached out to CMU Physics to express interest in hiring our students. This is by no means an exhaustive list of possibilities. Speak with your advisor to discuss your options.
Applications are now open for the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)!
The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme
Application Deadline: October 11, 2020
The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (MSCFP) aims to help grow the number of women in the nuclear field, supporting an inclusive workforce of both men and women who contribute to and drive global scientific and technological innovation. Named after pioneer physicist and Nobel Prize laureate Marie Sklodowska-Curie, the Programme aims to inspire and encourage young women to pursue a career in nuclear science and technology, nuclear safety and security, or non-proliferation, by providing highly motivated and talented female students scholarships for Master’s programmes and an opportunity to pursue IAEA internships.
Selected students receive a scholarship for up to 2 years for Master’s programmes in nuclear science and technology, nuclear safety and security, or non-proliferation studies at accredited universities. They are also provided with an opportunity to pursue an internship at the IAEA for up to 12 months.
Scholarships are awarded annually, with up to 100 female students selected per year depending on the availability of funds. Geographic representation is also considered.
Small Undergraduate Research Grants
Application Deadline: October 21, 2020
Small Undergraduate Research Grants (SURG) are open to ALL undergraduates in any discipline, freshmen through seniors. Grants are available of up to $500 for single student entries and up to $1,000 for group entries to cover project expenses including but not limited to supplies and materials, time on laboratory equipment, or travel to another city for archival research. Students must conduct their research in person on campus or at an institution in Pittsburgh, or remotely while residing in the United States. Research support is available through the Undergraduate Research Office for all disciplines
Virtual SURG Proposal Writing Session
Tuesday, September 29th, 4:30-5:30 pm EST
ZOOM link: https://cmu.zoom.us/j/98791901416?pwd=bjJsQWppWm1pZ2NSblZGWmRxNXZ3dz09
We strongly recommend that you attend the SURG Proposal Writing Session. Proposal quality is the primary factor in selection. If you wish to have a draft of your proposal reviewed, please make an appointment with URO Director, Stephanie Wallach; URO Associate Director, Richelle Bernazzoli; or Assistant Director, Brittany Allison, no later than October 20th. To make an appointment, please go to https://cmu.joinhandshake.com/ (Choose “Specialized Appointments”, then “Undergraduate Research and Fellowship/Scholarship Appointments”)
Hertz Foundation Fellowships
Application Deadline: October 23, 2020
Open to students applying to PhD programs or in year one of a PhD program, this highly selective award attracts students who have strong academic backgrounds, with significant research, who are big thinkers.
Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, and who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency.
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Application Deadline: October 29, 2020, 2pm ET
If you are enrolled in a graduate program or plan to attend a graduate program in 2021-22, consider the HIGHLY competitive Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans (An immigrant born abroad or the US-born child of immigrants – both parents)
SOROS seeks applicants who have had significant leadership experience, have a strong academic and service track record, and who are planning careers that will have a big impact.
Please be sure to read about the scholarship and the winners to get a sense of what they are looking for and to make sure that you are qualified: https://www.pdsoros.org/ under “Meet the Fellows.” You can also watch a recorded information session at https://vimeo.com/427378197.
• up to $90,000 for graduate education
• 30 Scholars chosen each year
• Open to all majors and professional schools
• An immigrant born abroad or the US-born child of immigrants (both parents)
• Not yet 31 years old at the time of application
• Planning to attend, or continuing graduate education in 2020-21
Off-Campus Research Opportunities
Integrated BS/MS Program in Engineering and Public Policy at CMU
If you are a current CMU undergraduate considering graduate school after you have completed your undergraduate studies you can get a head-start by working with your academic advisor to plan a course of study that leads to both the BS in your technical undergraduate major and the MS in Engineering and Public Policy.
- Satisfied all requirements for the BS degree
- Register for a minimum of one semester of full-time study as a graduate student
- Complete all of the requirements for the MS degree (https://www.cmu.edu/epp/prospective/ms-in-epp/course-requirements.html)
This course of study will typically require ten semesters of study, although advanced placement or other study may reduce your time. With the approval of your academic advisor, you may take courses while an undergraduate that will count toward your MS degree as long as these courses are beyond the minimum number of units required for your BS degree.
How to Apply
- Apply between the 5th and 7th semester of your undergraduate program (transfer student timeframe for application will be adjusted on a case by case basis)
- Send an email indicating interest and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and request to make an appointment with the Integrated BS/MS advisor.
Duke University Graduate Program in Neurobiology
The Duke Neurobiology Graduate Training Program is currently beginning its recruitment and is seeking students with training in math, physics, computer science, engineering, as well as biological disciplines.
The deadline for applications is December 1, 2020.
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami
Spring and fall 2021 applications are now open for the following degrees: PhD (fully funded), Master of Science (MS), and Master of Professional Science (MPS). At RSMAS, PhD students are supported as Graduate Research Assistants during their tenure (typically 5 years). These assistantships provide an annual salary of $30,312 (USD), and tuition and health insurance are provided. A list of PhD Assistantships are available here: https://graduate.rsmas.miami.edu/admissions/phd-assistanships/index.html. RSMAS is also offering 4 Rosenstiel Opportunity Scholarships that provide high-achieving students from historically underserved or underrepresented populations, and/or socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, to earn a master’s degree from the Rosenstiel School at no cost or significantly reduced tuition cost (student fees still apply).
MPS students enroll in the same courses as PhD and MS students, and participate in an internship and/or research in the field in lieu of a traditional thesis/dissertation which is required for MS/PhD students.
Virtual Open House, Oct 23, 2020, 2pm EST:
Priority deadline for applications is December 1, 2020. The MPS degree has rolling admission until June for international applicants and July for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
Teach K-12 Science with Southern Teachers:
Despite many uncertainties, there are still jobs for new teachers at all levels K-12. In fact, some schools are hiring additional teachers to adhere to social distancing guidelines in their classrooms.
Because of the uncertainties caused by COVID-19, it is a surprisingly good time to seek a position. We still have many jobs open at college-preparatory schools for the 2020-21 school year, and we are seeking talented and energetic candidates who are enthusiastic about teaching science. Remember, private/independent schools do not necessarily require a teaching certificate. They need candidates with strong content knowledge and the ability to manage and motivate K-12 students.
Southern Teachers is the premier placement agency for private schools in the South. We work with over 650 college-preparatory schools from Maryland to Miami to Midland, Texas. Our services are to candidates are free! Our member schools pay for our work because they have trusted Southern Teachers since 1902 to find good teachers and leaders. Interested candidates should submit our online application as soon as possible, because new teachers will begin orientation at schools very, very soon.
Questions can be directed to Ali Buchanan, (434) 295-9122.
Big Data and Machine Learning Workshop
There will be another Big Data and Machine Learning workshop on October 6 and 7. Those of you interested in the topic may want to take a look at http://psc.edu/hpc-workshop-series/big-data-october-2020 to see the specific agenda. Questions can be directed to John Urbanic.