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September 19, 2021

This newsletter from the Graduate College features notable opportunities for University of Illinois graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to develop skills, engage with employers, and learn more about meaningful career opportunities. For advice on networking, applying for jobs, and more, check out our online career development resources.

Tip of the Week

Your cover letter is more than a summary. While it may be tempting to summarize your resume when writing a cover letter, it doesn't tell an employer anything new (and it isn't much fun to read either). A cover letter should provide detailed examples that demonstrate the most relevant skills and experiences that make you uniquely suited to succeed in the position. In need of inspiration? Try our Cover Letter Brainstorming worksheet.


Graduate College Online Workshops


The Graduate College continues to offer a range of career and professional development opportunities to help you achieve your goals, explore broad careers, communicate effectively, and land a job that's right for you. These workshops will be broadcast online at https://go.grad.illinois.edu/eventspace.

Industry/Nonprofit Job Search Workshop Series
Tuesdays | 4:00 - 5:00 pm | Online
Faculty Job Search Workshop Series
Wednesdays | 4:00 - 5:00 pm | Online
Fridays, September 24 - November 5 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM | In-person

Feeling stressed, confused, or isolated about landing an academic job? You are not the only one! The Faculty Job Search Accountability Group is an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to set goals, share experiences, ask questions, and bounce ideas off both peers and career advisors while keeping yourself on track with the academic job search process. Some spots still available! Registration is required.


Employer Events and More

September 20 - 24 | Online

This unique annual symposium gathers postdocs and grad students from across the greater Chicago area and country to connect, network, collaborate and learn about different PhD career paths. The goal of this event is to educate postdocs and grad students about careers in academia, industry, communications, business, and beyond. Features outstanding speakers and panelists sharing their experience to inspire budding postdocs and graduate students into fulfilling careers. Registration required!

October 13 - November 24 | Online

The Inclusive STEM Teaching Project is a 6 week course designed to advance the awareness, self-efficacy, and the ability of faculty, postdocs, and doctoral students to cultivate inclusive STEM learning environments for all their students and to develop themselves as reflective, inclusive practitioners.


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: September 27

At Brookhaven Lab, Science Writers work with scientists and managers to identify newsworthy events, accomplishments, and developments throughout the Laboratory; write content for the Lab’s website and social media outlets as well as select print and multimedia products to communicate science research advances; write and issue news releases and feature articles; and cultivate relationships with science reporters, editors, and bloggers.

Applications accepted until: October 1

The Applied Scientist will develop state-of-the-art Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing algorithms and designs using real world data sets. You will be working in a fast-paced, cross-disciplinary team of researchers and engineers who are solving everyday customer problems. You will take on challenging problems, distill real requirements, and then deliver solutions that either leverage existing academic and industrial research, or utilize your own out-of-the-box pragmatic thinking.

Applications accepted until: October 3

You will be exposed to a wide variety of clients, products, and project types. You will build industry, business, and subject matter expertise through fast paced projects and work closely with your project team to leverage strategy development and data analysis to solve our clients’ business challenges. You will have a constant network of support through company training, mentorship and develop first-hand experience crafting new projects and competency areas through business development initiatives.

Applications accepted until: October 8

Manages a dual master’s degree program—jointly designed by the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern and the Department of Economics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, recommending goals, assessing feasibility and ongoing performance, coordinating with central offices and external partners to ensure efficient operation of the program, providing academic and logistical supports for faculty and students, and providing day-to-day oversight of administrative & operational functions.


Other Opportunities


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 currently being acccepted

Come join a diverse and collaborative team of researchers who work directly with data science, product, content, marketing and studio, bringing consumer insights to Netflix’s world of entertainment. Primary research ranges from formative to evaluative, using approaches such as focus groups, in-depth interviews, quantitative surveys, social listening, conversation & audience analysis, as well as statistical modeling. The right candidates will have training in rigorous, creative, and impactful research methods.

Applications currently being acccepted

This position supports the Data Analytics (DA) Team with report development and support for ASHA databases, including designing and developing queries, stored procedures, views, datasets for analysis, and data warehouse development. This position also assists the DA Team with data quality assurance, development of technical documentation, and other data stewardship tasks. The incumbent will also provide end-user support, including problem diagnosis, correction, and documentation.

Applications currently being accepted

The Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) Marketing and Community Engagement Specialist is a skilled designer, communicator, promoter, and tech-savvy multi-tasker who will support and grow a global user community and contribute to nanoHUB's long-term sustainability efforts. This position supports the development, implementation, maintenance, and evaluation of NCN’s overall marketing and communications, user community technical support and interactions, and public relations functions.


General Data Research Associate
- Work hand-in-hand with faculty members to clean and analyze data collected from the field. They may also help write project reports, assist in the development of data collection protocols, and prepare requests for approval to relevant internal review boards (IRB).

General Field Research Associate - Work with academic researchers to perform a variety tasks including: designing survey questionnaires, conducting qualitative research, refining study design and surveying instruments, managing survey teams, checking and analyzing data, assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos, and coordinating with local partners.

Applications currently being acccepted

As a User Experience Lab Analyst, you will reimagine product lines and inspire cross-functional team with future innovation ideas. You will play an important role in the Usability & Product Experience Design group by ensuring a smooth workflow as projects go through research. This role oversees managing the Usability Labs, setting up and running cameras, capturing data, data entry, data analysis, moderating test sessions and provides support for report generation.


The Graduate College Career Development office supports graduate students and postdocs as they build meaningful careers at Illinois and beyond.

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