Where have they gone?

UVa astronomy grads job listing

Most of our graduating Ph.D. students find jobs in astronomy, and go on to successful careers in astronomy. Since 1990, about 85% of our new Ph.D.’s have found astronomy research positions, and 100% have obtained jobs related to their graduate training. First positions after the Ph.D. are typically at academic institutions or national laboratories. Here is a listing of the last three years of graduates and their current jobs:
Name & email address Ph.D. year Current position
Jeff Carlin
  jc4qn@virginia.edu
2010 Postdoctoral Researcher, Rensselaer Polythechnic Institute
Mei-Yin Chou
  cmy@asiaa.sinica.edu.tw
2010 Postdoc, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Ori Fox
  ori.d.fox@nasa.gov
2010 NPP Postdoctoral Researcher, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Chan Park
  chanpark@kasi.re.kr
2010 Instrumentation Scientist, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute
Jake Simon
  jbsimon@jila.colorado.edu
2010 JILA Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Colorado
Dan Wik
  drw2x@virginia.edu
2010 NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Ka Wah Wong
  kwong@bama.ua.edu
2010 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Alabama
David Nidever
  dnidever@virginia.edu
2009 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Virginia
Srikrishna Kanneganti
  srikrishna@mpe.mpg.de
2009 Postdoctoral Fellow, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik
Richard Mellon
  
2009 Ab Initio Software
Jodie Morgan
  
2009
Ricardo Muñoz
  ricardo.munoz@yale.edu
2008 Postdoctoral Researcher, Yale University
Alok Singhal
  
2008 Merfin, LLC
Jennifer Bartlett
  jennifer.bartlett@usno.navy.mil
2007 United States Naval Observatory
Tanim Islam
  islam5@llnl.gov
2007 Design Physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jeffrey Oishi
  J.Oishi@astro.berkely.edu
2007 Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley

Many of our former graduate students get permanent positions as well. Here’s a list of the rest of our graduates since 1967 and where they are now.

Name & email address Ph.D. year Current position
Gregory Sivakoff
  grs8g@virginia.edu
2006 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Virginia
David Rosario
  rosario@ucolick.org
2006 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Santa Cruz
Allyson Sheffield
  alsheffield@vassar.edu
2006 Visiting Assistant Professor, Vassar College
Peter Frinchaboy
  p.frinchaboy@tcu.edu
2006 Assistant Professor, Texas Christian University
Scott Randall
  srandall@head.cfa.harvard.edu
2005 Mission Planner, Chandra Science Operations Team, Harvard Center for Astrophysics
Jeff Crane
  crane@ociw.edu
2004Research Associate, Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington
John Silverman
  john.silverman@ipmu.edu
2004Faculty Member, Institute for Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, University of Tokyo
Tony Sohn
  tsohn@stsci.edu
2004 Postdoctoral Researcher, Space Telescope Science Institute
Jamie Ostheimer
  jostheim@alumni.virginia.edu
2002Northrop Grumman Information Technology
Wayne Winters
  
2002Formerly: Science Faculty, Latin School of Chicago
Joshua Kempner
  contact form
2002 Senior Imaging Scientist, VisEn Medical
Zhenping Huang
  huang@ssvs.gsfc.nasa.gov
2001 IceCube Neutrino Experiment, University of Maryland, and NASA/GSFC
Michael Siegel
  siegel@astro.psu.edu
2002 Research Associate, Penn State University
Chih-Yueh Wang
  yueh@phys.cycu.edu.tw
2001 Department of Physics, Chung-Yuan Christian University, Taiwan
Chris Palma
  cpalma@astro.psu.edu
2001 Associate Director of Outreach, Eberly College of Science, Penn. State
Franz Bauer
  fbauer@astro.puc.cl
2000 Assistant Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Ronak Shah
  ronak@bu.edu
2000 Research Astronomer, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Raymond G. Ohl, IV
  Raymond.G.Ohl@gsfc.nasa.gov
2000 Optical physicist, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Eric Richards
  
1999 Senior Scientist, Q-Track Corporation
Noella L. D’Cruz
  noelladcruz@gmail.com
1998 Associate Professor, Joliet Junior College
Jimmy Irwin
  jairwin@ua.edu
1997 Assistant Professor, University of Alabama
Fan Fang
  fan@ipac.caltech.edu
1997 Research Scientist, Spitzer Science Center
Vikram V. Dwarkadas
  vikram@oddjob.uchicago.edu
1997 Senior Research Scientist, University of Chicago
Jonathan H. Whitney
  
1996 Formerly: Programmer, Kesmai Corporation
Edward M. Murphy
  emm8x@virginia.edu
1996 Associate Professor, University of Virginia
David T. Frayer
  dfrayer@nrao.edu
1996 Associate Scientist, NRAO Green Bank
Geary E. Albright
  albrigge@jmu.edu
1996 Assistant Professor, Physics Department, James Madison Univ.
Phillip C. Plait
  contact info
1995 The “Bad Astronomer”
Ricky Patterson
  ricky@virginia.edu
1995 Senior Scientist, University of Virginia
Gregory S. Hennessy
  gsh@libra.usno.navy.mil
1995 Data Reduction and Instrumentation Division, Astrometry Department, United States Naval Observatory, and Sloan Digital Sky Survey
William W. Dalton
  
1995 Technical Director, BioWare Austin
Charles H. Nelson III
  charles.nelson@drake.edu
1994 Assistant Professor, Drake University and Director, Drake Municipal Observatory
Richard F. Gelderman
  gelderman@wku.edu
1994 Associate Professor, Western Kentucky University
Prudence N. Foster
  Pru.Foster@bristol.ac.uk
1994 Research Fellow, QUEST, University of Bristol
Michael W. Wise
  wise@science.uva.nl
1992 Postdoc, Astronomical Institute “Anton Kannekoek”, University of Amsterdam
Eric A. Lufkin
  
1992 Morgan Stanley
Brian R. McNamara
  mcnamara@uwaterloo.ca
1991 Professor, Waterloo University
John C. Houck
  houck@space.mit.edu
1991 Research Scientist, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michael N. Fanelli
  m.fanelli@tcu.edu
1991 Deputy Director, Kepler Guest Observer Program
Jeffrey G. Mangum
  jmangum@nrao.edu
1990 Scientist, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Harry J. Lehto
  hlehto@utu.fi
1989 Astronomer, Turku University, Piikkiö, Finland
David S. Adler
  adler@stsci.edu
1989 Science and Mission Scheduling Supervisor and Lead, Long Range Planning Group, Space Telescope Science Institute
Melissa A. McGrath
  Melissa.A.Mcgrath@nasa.gov
1988 Chief Scientist, Marshall Space Flight Center Science and Missions System Office, NASA
Robert T. Emmering
  emmering@crl.com
1988 Charles River Laboratories
Deborah A. Crocker
  crock@bama.ua.edu
1987 Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Alabama
Raymond E. White III
  rwhite@bama.ua.edu
1986 Professor, University of Alabama
James E. Wadiak
  
1986 President, BioTraces Inc. (deceased, 2003)
Andrew J. S. Hamilton
  Andrew.Hamilton@colorado.edu
1984 Professor and JILA Fellow, University of Colorado
Alice K. Babcock Monet
  alice@nofs.navy.mil
1984 Astronomer, Flagstaff Station, United States Naval Observatory
Patrick O. Seitzer
  pseitzer@umich.edu
1983 Associate Research Scientist, University of Michigan
Susan G. Neff
  susan.g.neff@nasa.gov
1982 Astrophysicist, GALEX Project Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Kerry A. Kingham
  kak@cygx3.usno.navy.mil
1982 Earth Orientation Department, United States Naval Observatory
Ronald G. Probst
  rprobst@noao.edu
1981 Scientist Staff, KPNO
Frank H. Levinson
  
1980 Founder and Principal Technologist, Finisar Corporation
Linda L. Dressel
  
1979 RJH Scientific Inc.
Thomas E. Strikwerda
  
1977 Space Science and Technology Department, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University
Alan P. Marscher
  
1977 Professor, Boston University
James M. Huntley
  
1977 Lucent Technologies
Thomas E. Corbin
  
1977 Chief, Cataloging Division, United States Naval Observatory
Thomas M. Bania
  
1977 Professor, Boston University
Jan M. Hollis
  
1976 Assistant Chief, Space Data and Computing Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
David M. Gibson
  
1976 Formerly: GEODSS Field Site, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Harold A. McAlister
  
1975 Regents’ Professor, Georgia State University and Director, Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy
Paul D. Hemenway
  
1974 University of Rhode Island
Ronald E. Zissell
  
1973 Astronomy Technician, Mount Holyoke College
Charles D. Smith
  
1973 unknown
Alvin C. Miller
  
1973 CSC, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (retired)
Paul T. Giguere
  
1973 Los Alamos National Labs
Frank O. Clark
  
1973 VSBC, Air Force Research Laboratory
Haywood C. Smith
  
1972 Associate Professor, University of Florida
Fred D. Rosenberg
  
1972 Member, Technical Staff, Lincoln Labs, MIT
Dan Pascu
  
1972 Data Reduction and Instrumentation Division, Astrometry Department, United States Naval Observatory
Joseph W. Mast
  
1972 Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Eastern Mennonite University
Dennis D. McCarthy
  
1972 United States Naval Observatory Earth Orientation Department, Retired
Mary Kay Hemenway
  
1971 Research Associate, Senior Lecturer, and Director, Educational Services Office, University of Texas, Austin
Catharine Garmany
  
1971 Senior Science Education Specialist - Astronomer, NOAO
Robert J. Doyle
  
1970 Associate Professor, Frostburg State University
Peter J. Shelus
  
1970 Research Scientist, University of Texas, Austin
John L. Hershey
  
1969 Astronomy Program, CSC, Space Telescope Science Institute
Richard A. Berg
   berg_richard@bah.com
1969 Booz Allen Hamilton
George W. Lockwood
  
1968 Astronomer, Lowell Observatory
Paul H. Knappenberger
  
1968 President, Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
Frank N. Bash
  
1967 Professor Emeritus, University of Texas, Austin