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PhD in Physics Theoretical Physicist career problem

  1. May 11, 2014 #1
    I am interested in getting a PhD in Physics, but I do not want to teach. However, I do want to conduct research, is there anyway, I can have a job as a theoretical physicist working to participate in researches, maybe work in CERN, for the large haldron collider or something, without teaching in universities as a professor? or is it the only option, the graduate of physics have?
    Please enlighten me .
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  3. May 11, 2014 #2

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    Yes, there are such positions. Perhaps 1 opens up every year - rarely more, sometimes none. So these are highly competitive.
  4. May 11, 2014 #3
    You can get a research job at a national lab or equivalent.

    Also, though all university teachers do "have" to teach, they dont all do the same amount of it. Those who have big grants and lots of research work going on can often get out of a lot of teaching. My graduate adviser taught a 4 week summer class every other year. My undergrad adviser taught one regular class a year.
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