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Theoretical research only based jobs

  1. Jan 8, 2014 #1

    MathematicalPhysicist

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    As the title suggest I wish after I finish my higher degree to be involved in a research based career, as far as I can tell
    postdoc is for continuing in academia and also teaching, which I am not fond of.

    So which options are available without wanting to teach?
     
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  3. Jan 8, 2014 #2

    Pythagorean

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    You want theoretical research jobs only but not in academia? I would think academia would be your largest theoretical research pool.
     
  4. Jan 9, 2014 #3

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    I don't mind teaching graduate students (although it depends what type of students are enrolled), but teaching first year undergraduate students is not my cup of tea.

    I don't mind staying in academia, but my thought was that research only jobs in academia is mainly for postdocs, which is a temporary job anyway.

    What other options are there in academia for research only jobs?
     
  5. Jan 9, 2014 #4

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    There are very few. There are US national lab positions plus places like IAS and Perimeter. These probably total ~100 positions, so ~3 per year open up. Note that these are in all areas of physics; if you do HEP Theory and a position in condensed matter theory opens up, it doesn't help you.

    There are a small number of industrial theory positions with companies like IBM. These are essentially all in condensed matter, and often very specialized areas within condensed matter.

    If you have a Nobel Prize or similar, you can get a faculty position where teaching is not required.
     
  6. Jan 9, 2014 #5

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    In case people missed it, I did a quick, non-scientific survey of the type of jobs being advertised in Physics Today over a period of 4 months. One can read it here:

    https://www.physicsforums.com/showpost.php?p=3998201&postcount=144

    In those 4 issues, the ratio of experimentalist job to theorist job was 4:1.

    Zz.
     
  7. Jan 9, 2014 #6

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    Interesting; that's actually a better ratio than I'd assumed.
     
  8. Jan 9, 2014 #7

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    A few years ago, RIM's stocks actually went up even after posting a loss, all because the loss was less than what many analysts had predicted.

    I can't help feeling that this is similar to what you had just said. And in both cases, they made me scratch my head.

    Zz.
     
  9. Jan 9, 2014 #8

    Pythagorean

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    What are you confused about?
     
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