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December 2, 2018

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.

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Upcoming Career Development Workshops

The Graduate College offers a range of professional development workshops to help you achieve your goals, explore broad careers, communicate effectively, and land a job that's right for you.


Tuesday, December 11
Coble 308
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Before your semester comes to a close, stop by Coble Hall for a Q&A with Graduate College Career Development staff. Drop by any time from 3:00-5:00 PM to ask questions you have about finding and applying for jobs, exploring career paths, and more. No registration required!


Thursday, December 13
Coble 308
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Winter break is a great time to both recharge and make progress on your work. This winter, you have the opportunity advance your research, your job search, or your broader career goals. In this workshop, get specific advice and strategies to help you relax this winter while accomplishing what you need to succeed. You will leave the workshop with a concrete plan for achieving a major goal you have for this winter.

Upcoming Off-Campus Events

Application deadline: January 7

Postdoc Preview is an opportunity for senior graduate students to see the extensive research and training opportunities at Michigan. During a fully-funded, two-day visit, selected applicants will meet prospective mentors, network with current postdocs, explore the resources at Michigan, and see life in Ann Arbor. The event will take place on March 7-8, 2019. Click here for more information on Postdoc Preview, including application requirements, primary research areas, and a tentative schedule.

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: December 6

APCO Insight works with many of the world’s leading companies, associations, nonprofits and public-sector organizations on a diverse range of challenges. The Research Analyst will support APCO Insight team members in executing research assignments on behalf of the organization and clients. While this position is predominantly an opinion research position and focused on quantitative and qualitative methods, APCO Insight is increasingly involved in assignments employing secondary research techniques, digital and social media research, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.


Applications accepted until: December 10

CommunicateHealth is a mission-based consulting company that helps public and private sector organizations simplify health information. The Usability Researcher should enjoy working independently and collaboratively, have experience giving and receiving feedback, and have outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail. Duties include conducting qualitative and quantitative data analysis - summarizing key themes, narrating findings, and making specific recommendtations on information architecture, user interaction, and content strategy as well as drafting clear, concise client-facing reports and other deliverables.


Applications accepted until: December 19

Architecture Technology Corporation (ATCorp) has an opening in its Washington D.C. office for a Systems Engineer Manager. ATCorp provides safer skies for our nation's travelers by applying creative forward-thinking ideas to; air traffic control systems, enterprise architecture, network design, system and network management, and performance engineering. The ideal candidate is smart, passionate, a natural leader, able to motivate people and who desires to align themselves with an industry leader in aviation. In this position, you can expect to provide systems engineering expertise and support to the Federal Aviation Administration.


Applications accepted until: December 21

This position is responsible for the effective use of the internet and related technologies to enhance communication and engagement between the College and its constituents. This role leads the development of comprehensive digital strategies and plans to meet overall college marketing goals including managing and improving presence of the college website to facilitate maximum engagement and conversions and serve as the primary user of the college website content management system platform.

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 accepted until: December 14

The Washington Post seeks a full-time writer for Retropolis, its popular history vertical, which provides historical context for news stories, breaking news about historical discoveries and well-crafted narratives about the people – famous or forgotten – who have changed our world. The ideal candidate will have a passion for history and compelling ideas for bringing the past to life with words, photos, graphics and video. The right anchor for Retropolis will have a demonstrated ability to dive into primary source material, find the right scholars on a wide range of subjects and make smart use of The Post’s archival riches.


Applications accepted until: December 15

The John Caldwell Meeker Postdoctoral Fellow in the Earth Sciences Section of the Integrative Research Center at the Field Museum will be expected to complement and/or participate in any one of the ongoing curatorial research programs in the Section. Individual curators and their research programs are featured on the Field Museum website. A Ph.D. in a field of research represented in the Earth Sciences Section is required. The maximum term for this position is two years. The appointment is anticipated to begin mid-year in 2019 or soon thereafter.


Applications accepted until position filled

The Academic Engagement Coordinator is responsible for providing administrative, communications, and logistical support for, and coordination of, the activities of the Feitler Center. Responsibilities include managing the administration and communications for the office of the Director of Feitler Center. Additionally, the coorindator will serve as primary point of contact for UChicago students interested in engaging with the museum, manage application processes for Smart internships, fellowships, and other student opportunities, and coordinate and implement orientation sessions, lunches, and select events for Smart Museum student workers.


Applications accepted until position filled

This position will be an integral member of the Sales and Marketing team who creates technical analytic methods to execute and support organizational initiatives and solve problems through data. The Data Analyst is responsible for creating and analyzing reports to track audience development and revenue growth. Duties include designing, preparing and automating reports on subscription and single ticket sales progress throughout the season as well as collecting data and conducting quantitative analysis from multiple systems to guide business decisions.


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