Careers in Academia

A PhD in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech is excellent preparation for a career in academia. While we were once known just for our industry connections, more and more graduates are entering academic careers.

How We Help You Prepare for a Career in Academia

Top Quality Research:  Outstanding research is a requirement for getting into and advancing in academia. Here, you will conduct cutting edge research with top faculty who will challenge you to be your best. You will also be able to take advantage of numerous opportunities to collaborate with experts in core and frontier areas of chemical and biomolecular engineering and other disciplines at one of the nation’s top public universities.

Exposure to Good Teaching:  Both in your coursework and in your time as a teaching assistant, you will experience excellent teaching firsthand. You will learn to be a better teacher by watching our faculty, who are passionate about teaching both undergraduate and graduate students.

Workshops on Finding a Job in Academia:  Each year, faculty from the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering lead workshops teaching PhD students the ins and outs of finding a job in academia.

Teaching Assistant Experience:  You will gain ample experience interacting with undergraduates and graduates during your three or four semesters as a teaching assistant.

Teaching Practicum:  Students who want to further develop their teaching skills will have an opportunity to participate in a teaching practicum organized through the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL). The practicum includes a chance to co-teach a course with a Georgia Tech faculty member and intensive instruction on course development, grading, and planning.

Graduate Communication Certificate Program:  The Graduate Communication Certificate Program is a great way to prepare for an academic career. This series of workshops educates you about the full range of communication skills needed to obtain and succeed in a job in academia. A capstone experience allows you to put what you have learned into practice and get feedback on your work.

Commitment to the Undergraduate Program:  We are dedicated to being a top graduate program, but we refuse to compromise undergraduate teaching in the process. We truly care about training the next generation of chemical engineers. Four to five years in this environment will encourage that same passion for teaching in you.

Publication in Top Journals:  Our PhD students regularly publish their research in top journals, building an essential part of the academic CV.

Conferences:  Most of our students present their papers at research conferences. This experience lets students get more of a taste of what life as a professor is like and provides an opportunity to start building a network of contacts in academia.

Technical Communications Program:  The ability to communicate your ideas effectively through papers, proposals, and presentations is vital to success in academia. The ChBE@GT Technical Communications Program will help you develop the skills needed to advance your academic career.

Leadership Development:  Students learn to be better leaders by supervising and mentoring undergraduate researchers. Additionally, AChEGS and other student organizations provide opportunities to develop leadership skills.

Big Network:  We offer an extensive network of alumni in senior level positions in industry, academia and government to help you in your career.

Selected Universities Where Recent ChBE@GT PhD Graduates are Professors
  • MIT

  • Georgia Institute of Technology

  • University of Notre Dame

  • University of California, Riverside

  • Texas Tech University

  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras; India

  • KAIST; Korea

  • University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

  • Nanyang Technological University; Singapore

  • Singapore University of Technology and Design

  • Koç University; Turkey

  • National Tsing Hua University; Taiwan

Selected Postdoctoral Positions Earned by Recent ChBE@GT PhD Graduates

A number of graduating students each year acquire postdoctoral positions, often the first step toward a career in academia.

  • Argonne National Laboratory

  • Cornell University

  • Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

  • Lehigh University

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

  • NASA Langley Research Center

  • NIST

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  • Sandia National Laboratories

  • University of California, Berkeley

  • University of California, San Francisco

  • University of California, Santa Barbara

  • University of Colorado

  • University of Massachusetts