Louisiana State University
Physics 7895, Graduate Student Seminar, Spring 2008
Instructor: Jorge Pullin, 241C Nicholson pullin_at_lsu.edu
Class: M 5-6pm, make up classes will be Th 5-6pm, 262 Nicholson.
The graduate student seminar will take this semester a somewhat
different format than in the past. Unofficially titled "How to get a
job in physics" it will convey information about the job market for
physicists (and to a certain extent astronomers). It will review the
various possibilities in academia, industry, national labs, and to the
extent possible, opportunities abroad. It will also cover resume
preparation, talk presentation and other issues related to the job
market. Lectures will typically be a presentation by the instructor of
about 30 minutes followed by discussion.
If you already took 7895 in its previous versions, you are welcome
to audit the class, though you cannot take it for credit. Let me know
so I add you to the course's email list.
- Lecture 1, Rationale for the course, Jan 14 2008, PDF.
- Lecture 2, Jobs at Universities, Jan 28 2008, PDF.
- Lecture 3, Primarily teaching institutions (Guests:Gaurav Khanna UMass Dartmouth, Seth Major, Hamilton College) Feb 4 2008, PDF.
- Lecture 4, Careers in astronomy (Guest: Juhan Frank) Feb 25 2008, PDF.
- Lecture 5, Jobs in Wall Street (Guest: Mijan Huq, JPMorgan) Feb 28 2008,
Notre Dame Slides about jobs in Wall Street.
- Lecture 6, Working at startups (Guest: Sameer Gupta, Lindamar Capital)
Mar 3rd 2008, PDF.
- Lecture 7, Your time as a postdoc, March 10 2008, PDF.
- Lecture 8, The actuarial profession (Guest: Gioel Calabrese, Mercer UK), March 24 2008, PDF.
- Lecture 9, Jobs at government labs (Guest: Jonathan Dowling), March 31 2008, PDF.
- Lecture 10, Preparing application materials, April 7 2008, PDF.
- Lecture 11, (Guest: Steve Hsu, Univ. of Oregon), April 10 2008, PDF.
- Lecture 12, Going on an academic interview, April 14 2008, PDF.
- Lecture 13, Giving scientific talks May 1 2008,
- Article in The Chronicle of Higher Education about research at small