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June 3, 2018

This twice-monthly newsletter from the Graduate College features exciting opportunities for University of Illinois graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to engage with employers. For advice on networking, applying for jobs, and more, check out our online career development resources.

Tip of the Week

Hone your leadership style! In the 2018 Job Outlook survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), over two-thirds of employers rated leadership skills as an essential part of career readiness. Over 70% of employers actively seek out demonstrated leadership experience on a resume. This summer, take time to reflect and assess your approach to leadership. Something as simple as taking an online leadership quiz can help you identify a leadership style that fits you or areas for improvement. Seek out opportunities that allow you to take the lead whether on a class project, in the workplace, or as part of a volunteer or student organization.

2018 Blue Waters GPU Hackathon

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is pleased to announce that team applications for the Blue Waters GPU Hackathon are now open. This event will take place Sept. 10-14 at NCSA. The deadline to apply is June 18. Prior GPU experience is not required, as those selected will be paired with experienced mentors who will teach them how to leverage accelerated computing in their own applications. This is a great opportunity for graduate students and post-docs. The event is open to research in all disciplines. Team applications are submitted via this ORNL web site.

San Diego Life Sciences Trek

The San Diego Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is inviting life sciences PhDs and PhD candidates to participate in a Life Sciences Trek -- an exclusive tour of San Diego’s life sciences industry on August 16-17, 2018. San Diego is a top life sciences market in the US, where companies are curing diseases, saving lives and drumming up innovative solutions for the world's most pressing health challenges. These companies are looking for talented and passionate individuals to help them change the world. Trek participants will step foot in cutting edge companies, mingle with top execs and get an inside look at game-changing research and innovative technologies born right here in SD.

Participants can find more information about participating companies and register for the trek by clicking here. There is a $50 refundable deposit upon registration. This deposit will be fully refunded to you upon completion of the program. Participants are expected to schedule and cover all travel accommodations separately. EDC will provide breakfast and lunch over both days, as well as a hosted bar with refreshments at the networking reception. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Trek registration will be open until mid-July.

Handshake Job Postings

Handshake is an online system where students and postdocs can connect with employers recruiting at Illinois. There’s a huge database of job opportunities and information about upcoming events. Below you'll find just a sample of what is available on the platform. Click the job titles below then log in to see the full posting.


Applications accepted until: June 15

This position involves patients in the planning, analysis, and explanation of a study with national and international implications regarding the safety and effectiveness of two contraceptive options for women. The successful candidate will be able to help review data collected from existing databases, organize meetings that we will host to bring together a national Advisory panel of patients and physicians, and help manage the grant (e.g. prepare monthly invoices, draft interim grant reports, etc.). The ideal candidate will be very attentive to details, very well-organized, dedicated to women’s health issues, comfortable with quantitative data, have excellent oral and written communication skills, and work well with patient advocates and with professionals.


Applications accepted until: June 22

MDRC is seeking a Technical Research Analyst to join a new project to help improve the outcomes of low-income families and the operations of social programs through data science. The analyst would also contribute to a new data science center at MDRC. MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization dedicated to learning what works to improve programs and policies that affect low-income populations. MDRC is seeking candidates who have experience using data science, data visualization, and data integration, and who have a strong interest in improving the lives of low-income individuals through data-driven programs and policy. Candidates should also have an interest and skill in training others in data science methods and have a desire to work in small teams to foster social data innovation.


Applications accepted until: June 23

This position in the UW-Madison Police Department is responsible for assisting with the leadership and coordination of all Clery Act compliance efforts on the UW-Madison campus. This includes, but is not limited to, assisting with development of campus-wide policies relating to Clery compliance, developing and implementing action plans for university-wide compliance with Clery, developing and fostering understanding of HEA and Clery for staff and outside entities impacted by Clery requirements, assisting with identification and training of all Campus Security Authorities, collecting, compiling and classifying all reports of Clery-defined crimes and disciplinary referrals from CSAs and outside law enforcement entities, and assisting with developing and publishing the Clery required Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report.


Applications accepted until: June 29

As a Research Professional you will work closely with Booth faculty members and Fama-Miller Center for Research in Finance (FMC) Directors to manage and carry out research projects and ensure that the FMC goals and objectives are met. The FMC is research oriented, and one of the primary responsibilities of this role will be managing and facilitating research projects. Additionally, provides general assistance to faculty and post-doctoral scholars. Attends various events, including selected research seminars. Builds and manages data sets, conducts field research, conducts statistical analysis, and edits research documentation. Ideal candidates are considering an application to PhD programs in economics, finance or related disciplines. This position is expected to last two years.

Other Opportunites

We went looking for jobs and other opportunities that would be perfect for grad students and postdocs but aren’t on Handshake. See what we found below.


Applications accepted until: June 15

Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) transforms lives by helping people move out of poverty and provides other organizations with the tools to do the same. The Research and Data Manager is a creative, thoughtful, and organized individual who wants to use their background in data management, program evaluation, and analytics to drive data-based learning and continuous improvement in organizational performance. The Research and Data Manager is a key contributor to all aspects of EMPath’s program outcomes, and is accountable for maintaining data quality. Activities include database system management and trainings, production of internal and external outcomes reports, development of metrics, and comparing program outcomes to relevant local and national benchmarks.


Applications accepted until: July 15

McKinsey & Company brings together an outstanding group of colleagues, from a wide variety of backgrounds – from medicine to law, engineering, economics and digital – to help leading organizations tackle their most complex challenges. Areas of growth include data science, software engineering, machine learning, corporate restructuring, and change management. McKinsey is looking for experts in their fields to join its community. This deadline is for applications for full-time Associate roles beginning in 2019 with interviews to follow in the fall.


Applications accepted until position is filled

Wiley is looking for a content manager who enjoys flexing their creative muscles to strategically create engaging content to delight our customers. This position requires someone who relishes digging into personas to figure drive towards customer centricity for all outreach. This position is responsible for ideating, developing, and executing content plans and assets to support integrated campaigns including collaborating with marketing teams to evaluate campaigns, source and map content, utilize competitive and industry information, and look closely at customer segmentation. The Associate Content Marketing Manager will own the content process, from ideation to delivery, and strategize the appropriate format for our audience (blogs, infographics, white papers, webinars, etc.).


Applications accepted until position is filled

Granular is seeking an Education Specialist for its small, early-stage team. Education Specialists make it simple to learn programs and empower users to get value from the many business management tools offered by Granular. The job scope will primarily include coordinating customer webinar series, packaging and sometimes delivering training sessions at customer field events, and working with how-to video resources. Specialists are measured by their ability to increase product mastery and drive customer engagement, and are passionate about helping others learn & succeed!


Applications accepted until position is filled

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is currently seeking a Program Director for Great from the Gate, a new initiative that connects colleges/universities and K12 schools to create highly skilled, diverse local teacher workforce pipelines. The Program Director is responsible for growing the work into a sustainable, stand-alone program by managing multiple stakeholders (including school leaders and college and university leadership and faculty). The Program Director will continuously learn from stakeholders and refine and adapt the program model and strategy. This is a perfect opportunity for someone who is a leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, is skilled at relationship building with various audiences, and is keen to lead a not-for-profit initiative into its next stage of growth. 


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