Graduate Placements

First Position for Duke Physics Ph.D. Program Graduates


  • Academic Tenure Track: Higher education, tenured or tenure track positions
  • Academic Non-Tenure Track: Higher education non-tenure track positions, excluding administrative and staff positions
  • Post Docs: Post-docs and fellowships
  • Private: Private for profit enterprises
  • Public: Federal, state, local government
  • Other: Higher education (administrative and staff positions only), all other non-profits, self employed, etc.
  • Unknown: We do not have placement information for these graduates

Career Snapshots

Ph.D.s from Class of 2015

  • Post Docs: Stanford, North Carolina¬† State University
  • Public: Fermilab (research scientist), Army Research Lab (research scientist)
  • Private: 8 Rivers Capital (research scientist)

Ph.D.s from Class of 2014

  • Post Docs: University of Glasgow, Ludwig Maximillian, MIT, Cal-Tech Jet Propulsion Lab, Riken
  • Public: Lawrence Berkeley National lab
  • Private: JP Morgan Chase, Exelon (quantitative associate), Siemens Ltd., Carestream Health, Inc. (senior research scientist), Google

Ph.D.s from Class of 2013

  • Post Docs: University of Sydney, MIT, Yale University, Duke, Delft University of Technology
  • Private: JP Morgan (analyst), Akamai Technologies (financial software developer), Groupon, Merck Research Laboratories, Regions Financial Corporation, Ericsson (senior software engineer)

Ph.D.s from Class of 2012

  • Academic: Duke (research scientist), TUNL, Colorado School of Mines (associate professor)
  • Post Docs: University of Tokyo, Penn State University, Duke, University of Pennsylvania
  • Public: Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Private: Akamai Technologies, CGG (senior imaging geophysicist), Intel (research scientist), UNIPEC America (quantitative analyst)

Ph.D.s from the Class of 2011

  • Academic: University of Texas
  • Private: Microsoft (postdoc), BlackRock Financial Services (financial advisor)

Ph.D. from the Class of 2010

  • Academic: Kuweit University (assistant professor)
  • Post Docs: North Carolina State University, Lund University
  • Public: Los Alamos National Laboratory (postdoc), Brookhaven National Laboratory (research scientist), Army Research Laboratories-Aberdeen Proving Grounds (research scientist)
  • Private: BlackRock, Inc. (mortgage analyst), Trivest Advisors (investment equity), Siemens Corporation (senior scientist), National Security Technologies (analyst), Goldman Sachs (associate)

Ph.D.s from the Class of 2009

  • Academic: Capital Normal University-Beijing (faculty)
  • Public: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (post doc), U.S. Army Aviation & Missile (research physicist), U.S. Government
  • Private: Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (research scientist), Kymeta

Ph.D.s from the Class of 2008

  • Academic: Loyola University (lecturer), University of Maryland-College Park (research scientist), Pacific University (assistant professor), Texas Christian University (assistant professor)
  • Post Docs: German Aerospace Center
  • Public: Brookhaven National Laboratory (staff scientist), U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
  • Private: Biodesy (post doc)
  • Other: self employed

Ph.D.s from the Class of 2007

  • Academic: Coastal Carolina University (associate professor), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (research scientist)
  • Post Docs: Yale University, University of California-Santa Barbara
  • Public: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (staff scientist)

Ph.D.s from the Class of 2006

  • Academic: University of Kentucky (assistant professor), Stanford University (research associate), Stanford Linear Accelerator (staff scientist), National Taiwan Normal University (associate professor), Cambridge (AMO scientist), Carnegie-Mellon (visiting scholar), Delft University of Technology (assistant professor)
  • Post Docs: University of California-Irvine, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
  • Public: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (physical scientist), Institute of Medicine (program officer)
  • Private: Diamond Light Source, LTD. (accelerator physicist), Samsung Corporation (research scientist), Samsung Advanced Institute for Technology (research scientist), Avant Corporation Taipei (software engineer), Deutsche Babnk, Nonin Medical (program manager), Simcorp (business consultant), Xerox (scientist)

Ph.D.s from the Class of 2005

  • Academic: Sungkyun Kwan University (assistant professor), Tohoku University (assistant professor)
  • Post Docs: Duke, Harvard
  • Private: Synopsis
  • Other: Entrepreneur

Ph.D.s from the Class of 2004

  • Post Docs: University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaigne
  • Public: Fermilab, Lawrence livermore National Lab (staff scientist)
  • Private: Israel Aircraft Industries (staff), MITRE Corp. (engineer)

Ph.D.s from the Class of 2003

  • Academic: Duke/North Carolina Central University (TUNL)
  • Post Docs: University of Pennsylvania
  • Public: U.S. Army-Bowden Laboratory (research physicist)
  • Private: Waterfront International LTD. (quantitative research analyst), XIA LLC (staff scientist)