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February 21, 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

Know your value when negotiating. Salary is often a high priority in job offer evaluation, but before you negotiate it is essential to do research on typical salaries in your field. Talk to mentors, peers, and people in your network. Online resources such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook, Salary.com, and Glassdoor, can help. The Chronicle of Higher Education has information on faculty salaries. Above all else, advocate for a compensation package that you are comfortable with and provides financial security.


Last Chance to Enter Research Live!

 Research Live!
Preliminary round submissions deadline: 5 PM on Friday, March 5

Research Live! is going virtual! The Graduate College’s annual competition invites grad students from all disciplines to celebrate their work and hone their presentation skills by giving a compelling research talk in just 3 minutes. Participants compete for a $300 first prize. Watch videos of previous winners, review the competition rules, and find more information on our website.


Professional Development Week


Join us all week for a series of events dedicated to helping you succeed in grad school and beyond! These workshops will be broadcast online at go.grad.illinois.edu/eventspace

Monday, February 22 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | Online

This workshop provides an opportunity to use Excel to perform basic data analysis, including wrangling, cleaning, and visualization. This is a hands-on workshop, so participants should expect to access Excel and follow along on their own devices.

Tuesday, February 23 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | Online

This workshop will give you tools, tips, and strategies to make your presentations/communication more inclusive and accessible to individuals with disabilities. Participants will gain a greater awareness of visible/non-visible disabilities, typical accommodations, and a better understanding of using accessible technology during events.

Wednesday, February 24 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | Online

Whether it's for a job interview, a grant proposal, or just a chat with family, you'll need to be able to communicate your research to different people in different contexts. In this workshop, you'll learn strategies for talking about your work effectively with a variety of audiences and watch examples of skilled presenters at work.

Thursday, February 25 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | Online

Join us and learn the basics of preparing an effective CV, like what sections to include and how to format the document to highlight your experience. Whether this is your first time creating an academic CV in grad school or you're looking to refresh your current CV, this workshop is right for you!

Friday, February 26 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | Online

This workshop provides an opportunity to use Python to perform basic data analysis, including wrangling, cleaning, and visualization. This is a hands-on workshop, so participants should expect to follow along on their own devices.

Friday, February 26 | 1:00 - 5:00 pm | Online

Are you a student leader? Join discussions with peers and alumni who have taken on leadership roles and learn how to put the grit-growth mindset into action. Attend the entire event or drop in when you can. Registration is still open. Sign up here!

PhD & Master's Virtual Career Expo

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: February 26

Develops and implements policies and procedures relating to alternative format production; converts digital and hardcopy materials into alternative formats; consults with faculty, staff, and students to provide training and guidance on alternative formats; develops and implements alternative format training opportunities for faculty, staff, and students; and occasionally teach one credit-bearing course.

Applications accepted until: March 1

As part of the Creative Services team, the Assistant Science Editor will conceptualize and develop custom content to meet customer marketing and messaging needs, educate our readers, and support our sales staff in meeting their goals. This role is responsible for the entire life cycle of custom projects, from concept to drafting, developing, managing, editing, proofing, publishing, and tracking results.

Applications accepted until: March 8

Cancer Study Group studies the most important challenges cancer patients face. Research Managers will: write and deliver slide deck presentations to Fortune 500 leaders; conduct deep interviews with cancer patients and oncology experts, gather ground-level truth; manage relationships with member companies; and set the research strategy and agenda for the future.


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 accepted

Analyst, Educational Transformation - Hiring for multiple Analyst roles within the Educational Transformation program, which studies and supports the adoption and scaling of policies, practices, and innovations that improve student postsecondary access and success.

Summer 2021 Internship - The goals of the internship are to participate in a unique learning experience and address critical challenges in higher education collaborating with researchers and analysts to produce deliverables.

Applications currently being accepted

The fellow will serve in an entry-level position and provide support to one or more Acquisitions Editors in acquiring scholarly books. This 14-month fellowship seeks to address the lack of staff diversity in the academic publishing industry by providing underrepresented individuals in publishing real work experience and a network to assist them in their professional development.

Applications currently being accepted

The Program Coordinator facilitates collaborations between the Office of Civic Engagement and a range of internal and external organizations, including academic departments, Student Affairs, government agencies, and area non-profits. This role works with external partners to identify community challenges and opportunities, then works with faculty, staff, and students to create learning experiences consistent with those needs.

Applications accepted until: February 26

OTM is seeking MBA, JD, and PhD candidates to join its paid commercialization analyst internship program, starting Summer 2021 and lasting through Spring 2022. In this position you will develop an understanding of intellectual property law, market and industry analysis, and licensing strategies. You will assess new innovations for patentability, commercial readiness and next steps.

Applications accepted until: March 5

The research analyst supports the Local Policy program by contributing to research, outreach, and other activities that will advance equitable clean energy policies in cities. This is an exciting position for someone looking to have real world impact by advancing programs and policies that ensure energy efficiency investments benefit all residents. This role will have a variety of research opportunities working with a team of energy efficiency experts.


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

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