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Employer Virtual Visits for PhDs

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Spring 2021 dates:

1/19, 6-7:30 pm, hosted by AFCEA, via Microsoft Teams

2/19, 3/26, 4/16 and 6/18, Fridays, 12-1 pm via Zoom.


Information for Students and Postdocs

National data shows that the majority of PhDs,somewhere between 60-70%, work outside of the academy in a wide range of types of positions in private industry, non-profit organizations, government agencies and entrepreneurial ventures.  Data collected about Maryland PhD alumni are consistent with the national picture. 

Beginning in 2020-2021, this new series of eight virtual employer visits, specifically for PhDs, makes learning about potential employers very convenient for busy doctoral students and postdocs. Attendees will learn about the featured organization and its work culture as well as the types of work that PhDs do and typical entry points for employment. Attendees can also expect to gain valuable advice from UMD PhD alumni and Human Resources professionals about effective networking and job search strategies.

A downloadable PDF with dates for the Employer Virtual Visits and Rita B. Leahy is available. 

Recordings of past employer panels are available on YouTube.




Company Description


Link to event recording:

CNA logo CNA is a nonprofit research and analysis organization dedicated to developing actionable solutions to complex problems of national importance. With nearly 700 scientists, analysts and professional staff, CNA takes a real-world approach to gathering data.  In addition to defense-related matters for the U.S. Department of the Navy, CNA’s research portfolio includes criminal justice, homeland security, energy security, water resources, enterprise systems and data analysis, and education. 


Link to event recording:

OPPT manages programs under the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Pollution Prevention Act. Under these laws, EPA evaluates new and existing chemicals and their risks, and finds ways to prevent or reduce pollution before it gets into the environment. We also manage a variety of environmental stewardship programs that encourage companies to reduce and prevent pollution. OPPT implements the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Pollution Prevention Act and Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act


Link to event recording:


Logo Astra Zeneca

Postdoc Programme


Learn more about The AstraZeneca Postdoc Programme from Sean Connelly and a current postdoc. This program is uniquely designed to immerse participants in the industry while providing a clear path to publications and access to state-of-the-art technologies. Postdoc scientists help to build AstraZeneca's scientific reputation and increase the company's scientific visibility through quality publications. Based in either Gaithersburg, MD, Waltham, MA in the US, Cambridge or Macclesfield in the UK, or Gothenburg, SE.  

Postdocs are part of a vibrant scientific community, working on highly innovative, even ground-breaking projects that originate from scientists and clinicians across our research areas. 


1/19/2021, 6-7:30 pm, via Microsoft Teams

Information and Registration Link:

Opportunities for Young Professionals and Recent Graduates
in the US Intelligence Community

hosted by AFCEA

logo AFCEA

A panel of five Emerging Professionals in Intelligence
Community (EPIC) committee members situated across the Intelligence
Community (IC) will describe their backgrounds and career paths leading to
the IC. The panelists will also discuss current roles, responsibilities,
day-to-day life, and other facets of IC work life which may be of interest
to students and post-doctoral fellows. 

Panelist bios, session nformation and Registration Link:

2/19/2021 TBD   
3/26/2021 TBD   
4/16/2021 TBD   
6/18/2021 TBD   

Information for Hiring Managers and HR Professionals Seeking PhD Talent

The Employer Virtual Visit Series also presents an opportunity for companies, agencies, and organizations to connect with PhD level talent. PhDs have many transferable skills including in the ability to gather, synthesize, and apply large amounts of complex information. They also have highly developed research, data analysis, oral and written communication, mentoring, leadership, and project management skills. 

To learn more about how your company or organization can be featured in the 2020-2021 Employer Virtual Visit Series, contact Dr. Susan Martin,