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We support career diversity, and we encourage you to imagine multiple possible futures. The PhD & Postdoc team supports PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in their pursuit of meaningful work across all industries. We help you consider the many paths available to you, and help you land the opportunities you find within and beyond academia. 

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We provide an array of programs, courses, and resources to help you.

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Handshake is an online platform that provides Stanford students with opportunities and connections related to their career aspirations and interests. In Handshake, you will find thousands of job and internship postings in a wide-variety of industries. 

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Check out our online career guide

Career Guide

Check out our Career Strategies Guide for PhDs & Postdocs. This guide provides advice for students interested in pursuing both faculty jobs and careers beyond academia. From beginning your search to evaluating and negotiating job offers, this guide helps you along your career path. 

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Programs & Courses

Labs offer opportunities to work on a specific document, such as a resume or cover letter, skill building like interviewing or negotiating, or communication tools like developing an online portfolio. While our programs offered help you discern future paths and learn about those who have navigated the same path you are on. 

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PhDs/Postdocs Resources

You will find below a host of resources to help you navigate your career journey. 

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Internships & Jobs for PhDs/Postdocs

Building experience through internships and jobs can be an exciting yet daunting endeavor, and you may be wondering: how do I start my search?

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Check out our PhD/Postdoc FAQs

FAQs: PhD students and Postdocs

In these trying times, we offer you our advice and resources about career planning, specifically tailored to PhD students and postdocs.

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Make a Coaching Appointment

With a career coach, you can talk confidentially about whatever is on your mind. You are eligible for an unlimited number of appointments, and you can switch among coaches. PhD students can meet with us for five years after graduation through PlusFive. Spouses and partners of current students and postdocs are eligible for one appointment a year. We provide:

  • Document development and review
  • Interviewing & negotiating
  • Self-assessments
  • Building your network
  • Creating personalized roadmaps and a game plan for moving your career forward

PhDs and Postdocs Winter 2023 Drop-ins

The PhDs & Postdocs team hosts drop-in sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. throughout the winter quarter. Drop-ins are first-come, first-served, and are for quick questions and short document reviews (CVs, resumes, cover letters) that should take no longer than 15 minutes. Use this Zoom link to access the drop-ins.

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PhD/Postdoc Faculty Job Search Toolkit

The Faculty Job Search toolkit on Canvas provides all the resources for the faculty application process. You’ll find resources for writing CVs, cover letters, research, teaching and diversity statements, interviewing, and negotiating your offer.