Nuclear Physics Group

What are the career prospects in nuclear physics? Fundamental nuclear physics studies, such as those being done by the KU group, tend to be conducted at major research universities, national laboratory facilities, and a number of select undergraduate institutions. These positions are highly competitive. However, there tends to be a regular turnover, and good jobs can be expected for those who demonstrate that they are both highly productive and are able to develop creative approaches to solving problems.
An M.S. or Ph.D. degree with the KU nuclear physics program is likely to involve work on both hardware development and data analysis. This broad training allows students to pursue a large number of related career opportunities. Ph.D. graduates and postdoctoral research associates leaving the KU program have entered various professions, from industrial positions doing detector development, national laboratory employment to help develop the computer networking and data interface for one of the LHC experiments, to joining the faculty of a research university. M.S. students have pursued similarly diverse careers, from joining a national firm doing homeland security related work to continuing graduate studies, shifting to a medical physics emphasis.
KU Nuclear Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Kansas
Malott Hall, 1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-7550