Career Development

Resources | Placement | Contacts | Physics & Astronomy Alumni

Today's job market for physics and astronomy majors is very tight. For many graduates it can be frustrating to realize there is so much competition among job seekers in these fields. Here you can find links to resume and cover letter writing, physics career planning, job listings, etc. The UI Physics and Astronomy Department is committed to educating students to the fullest extent possible, and extends that commitment throughout the students' career development process.


University of Iowa Resources

Career Planning

Education Programs

Preparing Resumes/Cover Letters, Interviewing


Physics & Astronomy Jobs

  • Physics Today Career Resources
  • brightrecruits — Dedicated jobs website from Institute of Physics Publishing.
  • AAS Job Register — Job listings from the American Astronomical Society.
  • — Optics and photonics career web site from the Optical Society of America.
  • NatureJobs — Online scientific recruitment, published by Nature, the international weekly journal of science.
  • — Links to JOBMENU, a worldwide listing of academic and research positions in physics.
  • Fermilab Career Opportunities — Job openings at the Fermi National Laboratory.
  • Jobs @ LLNL — Job opportunities at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
  • Careers at SLAC — Careers at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
  • STScI Employment Opportunities — Job listings at the Space Telescope Science Institute.
  • Academic Careers Online — Career opportunities in education and academia.
  • CareerOneStop — General database for searching all kinds of jobs.
  • — General database for job searching plus other career resources.
  • — Job hunter's online super list of the best job sites on the web.
  • — Job search, employment resources and career advice.
  • — Search, post global jobs, resumes, careers.
  • Monster Jobs — Search for jobs worldwide.
  • Net-Temps — Search for contract, temporary and permanent employment.
  • Jobs UK — Jobs, employment and recruitment in the UK.


Outside the Physics and Astronomy General Office (Room 203 Van Allen Hall) you'll find many internship/cooperative opportunities posted. Also be sure to check out these excellent sites listed below.



Research Organizations

Physics & Astronomy Alumni