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Government Lab Career Options Jonathan Dowling LSU Thanks to my old friend Gordon Emslie at OSU for some of these slides.
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Outline Career Path Options • Company • University • Government
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Graduate Student
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Graduate Student Company
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Graduate Student Company Faculty Member
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Graduate Student Company Faculty Member Postdoc
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Graduate Student Government Laboratory Company Faculty Member Postdoc
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Graduate Student Government Laboratory Company Faculty Member Postdoc
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Graduate Student Government Laboratory Company Faculty Member Administration Postdoc
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Graduate Student Government Laboratory Company Faculty Member Administration Retire Postdoc
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Graduate Student Government Laboratory Company Faculty Member Administration Retire Postdoc
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Graduate Student Government Laboratory Company Faculty Member Administration Retire Play Bagpipes Postdoc
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Graduate Student Postdoc Government Laboratory Company Faculty Member Administration Retire Play Bagpipes
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“Post-Doc” • Also known as – Research associate – NRC Fellow (DOD, DOE, NIST, …) – ORAU Fellow (NASA) – Postdoctoral Fellow • Midway between being a student and working with students • Not common in other fields (engineering, humanities), but • Golden opportunity at National Labs to identify yourself
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Career Contrast Company/University/Government
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Company • Can hire “spontaneously” in response to applicant availability • Generally pays quite well! BUT No tenure ! • Often doing “other people’s work” • Job generally split between centrally and externally funded tasks
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University • Typically hire in response to department/university needs – Teaching – Growth – Research initiatives • Opportunities not necessarily well- timed to your availability
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Government Laboratory • NASA (JPL, ARC, GSFC, MSFC, ….) • DoD (ARL, RDEC, NRL, ….) • DOE (LANL, LBNL, LLNL, ….) • Typically more “project-driven” than university • Can be more “academic” freedom than industry
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Government Laboratory • Three Typical Ways In: –Postdoc (Easiest) –Contractor (Medium) –Direct Hire (Hard) • It is difficult to FIRE a gov’t lab employee so they are hesitant to hire. Job opportunities are targeted to contractors or postdocs inside the loop.
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• REAL Gov’t Lab –ARL, MSFC, ARC, … –Mostly US Federal Employees –Some Contractors • FFRDC –JPL, LANL, Sandia, MITRE, AreoSpace. .. –Everybody is a Contractor
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course PHYSICS 7857 taught by Professor Pullin during the Spring '11 term at LSU.

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