Carnegie Mellon University

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.

Conferences

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Funding Opportunities

Generation Google Scholarship

Application Deadline: December 4, 2020

At Google, we believe information should be universally accessible. Our education and scholarship programs aim to support students in computing, gaming, and closely related fields by breaking down the barriers that prevent them from entering these fields.

Generation Google Scholarship is open to current high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students who will be studying at an accredited university in the United States or Canada for the 2021-2022 academic year. If selected, scholarship recipients will each receive a $10,000 USD scholarship for US institutions or a $5,000 CAD scholarship for Canadian institutions.

We’re also excited to announce an additional scholarship, Google Generation Scholarship: for women in gaming, to support students pursuing gaming degrees and/or computer science degrees for the advancement of gender equality in gaming. The program is open to students who meet all the minimum qualifications and we strongly encourage people who identify as part of historically underrepresented groups, including Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, to apply.

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Off-Campus Research Opportunities

Caltech Summer WAVE Program

Application Deadline: January 9, 2021

The WAVE Fellows program provides support for undergraduate students, who are underrepresented in STEM and intent on pursuing a Ph.D., to conduct a 10-week summer research project under the mentorship of Caltech faculty.

Research opportunities in biology, neuroscience, chemistry, chemical engineering, engineering and applied science, geology, environmental science, sustainability, astronomy, physics, nanotechnology, quantum sciences, humanities, social science, and more!

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be current sophomores, juniors, or non-graduating seniors; have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2; be a US citizen, permanent resident, or have DACA status. Strong applicants are encouraged to have prior research experience.

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Summer REU at Northern Illinois University

Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

This 8-week program will provide novel research experiences for undergraduates. Research opportunities span a broad range of physics, including high-energy and intensity-frontier particle physics, beam and accelerator physics and condensed matter and materials physics.

Matched with an NIU faculty mentor, participants will gain vital research skills and visit both nearby Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratories. Activities will also include workshops on scientific communication, lab safety, responsible conduct in research and an end of program student poster session.

Participants selected will receive a $4,000 stipend, free housing and a food allowance.

For all questions, please contact the program directors at PhysicsREU@niu.edu.

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Graduate Programs

Graduate Studies in Physics & Astronomy at Louisiana State University

LSU offers an exciting array of research opportunities in a diverse and inclusive community. Information on our graduate program and graduate application can be found at https://www.lsu.edu/physics/files/GRAD_Brochure.pdf. As always, there is no application fee for domestic students, and this year they will not have any GRE requirement. 

For students interested in learning more, we will be holding a virtual information session December 11th from 1 - 3 pm CST, which will include informational talks on our graduate program and admission process, as well as a panel discussion with current graduate students. Those who register will also have access to research talks by members of our faculty. Interested students should register for this event.

Boston College Ph.D. Program in Physics

Application Deadline: January 2, 2021

Boston College PhD Program is seeking applications from physics majors: Their departmental research program is focused on condensed matter physics, with ongoing collaborative projects covering a wide range of topics within that field.

Graduates have gone on to successful careers in a broad range of fields within as well as outside of physics and academia.

All matriculating students are financially supported through teaching and research assistantships, with opportunities to start research as early as the summer preceding their first year. Questions about the program can be directed to physics@bc.edu.

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Quantitative and Chemical Biology Program at Vanderbilt University

Application Deadline: January 1, 2021

The QCB is a uniquely versatile program, looking to recruit individuals from quantitative STEM disciplines (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Math, Statistics, or Engineering), who would like to explore biomedical research. There is no application fee for anyone who has performed research in any area, and GRE scores are optional.

Vanderbilt is a fantastic environment for research and is consistently ranked within the top 20 in the nation. We are rooted in a tradition of collaboration, both among diverse research departments and between basic science labs and clinical physicians. Outside of the lab, we provide unparalleled support for career development for both traditional and non-traditional long-term goals, and we have spent the past several years enhancing these programs as national leaders. Finally, graduate students will receive full financial support that covers all tuition, fees, health insurance as well as a competitive stipend and a first-day bonus to help with relocation costs.

PhD and MS opportunities in Earthquake Geophysics at the University of Kansas

The department of Geology at the University of Kansas is recruiting PhD and MS students in the field of earthquake geophysics to work with Assistant Professor Noel M. Bartlow, beginning in fall 2021. Dr. Bartlow's research focuses on understanding the behavior and mechanics of the largest geologic faults in the world, capable of producing devastating magnitude 9 earthquakes and tsunamis. She is especially interested in so-called slow earthquakes, which are not dangerous but can trigger damaging "regular" earthquakes. Dr. Bartlow is leading a new NSF-funded project to study slow earthquakes off the coast of Oregon, with a scheduled deployment of a seafloor fiber optic interferometer in July 2021. Other project opportunities exist as well.

Dr. Bartlow is a CMU Physics alum (class of 2008). For more information please see her website at https://www.bartlowcrustaldef.com/. Interested students should contact Dr. Bartlow at nbartlow@ku.edu.The University of Kansas is located in beautiful Lawrence, KS, which offers an affordable college-town lifestyle only 45 minutes from Kansas City.

The application deadline is December 31, 2020. 

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Clemson University

Our department offers a broad range of research opportunities, and students have the advantage of being part of a small research department. Our department is especially strong in atmospheric and space physics, astrophysics, AMO physics, biophysics, and condensed matter physics. The attached flyer provides more information about our program and faculty strengths. Additional information is available on our website at http://www.clemson.edu/science/departments/physics-astro/.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Alabama

As part of a rapidly expanding department, now ranked #34 in research budget and grants by the American Institute of Physics' GradSchoolShopper, we have an exciting array of graduate positions available. We do not require a student to have a group or subfield in mind when applying and encourage all prospective students to apply. If students are interested in our program but unsure of their direction yet, they are welcome to contact Dr. Preethi Nair for help at physgrad@ua.edu, or find information for applying at https://physics.ua.edu/grad/AdmitGrad.html

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Applications are now being accepted for Perimeter Scholars International (PSI), the unique 10-
month master’s program at Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in partnership
with the University of Waterloo.

Features of the program include:

  • No application fee.
  • Removal of financial barriers: most students who receive and accept offers of admission
    to PSI will receive a full scholarship. Perimeter Institute also helps with travel
    arrangements and any immigration arrangements necessary.
  • Exposure to the full breadth of theoretical physics topics.
  • Students are taught by leading minds in theoretical physics while earning a Master’s
    degree from the University of Waterloo.
  • Collaboration is valued over competition; deep understanding and creativity are valued
    over rote learning and examination.
  • PSI recruits worldwide: 85% of students come from outside of Canada
  • PSI seeks extraordinary talent who may have non-traditional academic backgrounds, but
    have demonstrated exceptional scientific aptitude.

Early application deadline: November 15, 2020.
Final application deadline: February 1, 2021.

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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.

Program Requirements:

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 eppadmt@andrew.cmu.edu and request to make an appointment with the Integrated BS/MS advisor.

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.

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.

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Professional & Internship Opportunities

DOE Scholars Program

Application Deadline: January 4, 2021

The DOE Scholars Program introduces students and recent college graduates to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mission and operations.

Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:

  • Stipends starting at $600 per week for undergraduates and $650 per week for graduate students and post graduates during the internship period
  • Limited travel reimbursement to/from assigned location
  • Direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities in DOE mission-relevant research areas
  • Identification of career goals and opportunities
  • Development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts

Eligibility

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be an undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate of an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Must be pursuing a degree or have received a degree within 5 years of their starting date in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline or field that supports the DOE mission.

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Teaching Opportunities

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.

Miscellaneous Opportunities

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