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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.



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Intel Seeks Engineering Ph.D.s

The Portland Technology Development group of Intel Corporation currently has openings for Ph.D.s to support/direct R&D of advanced processing methods. Candidates hired for these positions will be responsible for developing the next generation of Intel's microprocessors.

Ph.D. candidates in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Criteria for selection include: a strong academic record, demonstrated experimental and data analysis expertise, superior critical thinking skills, an ability to drive and take responsibility for projects and a solid peer-reviewed publication record. Experience using and maintaining scientific equipment is preferred. Semiconductor processing experience is not mandatory.

Openings are immediately available at Intel’s primary development facility located about 10 miles west of Portland, Oregon. Please see a more detailed job description included below. Interested candidates should email resumes to Youngki Hong.

PTD Intel Corporation

PTD Module Engineers are responsible for leading scientific research and enabling manufacture of innovative device architectures coupled with the realization of these architectures. Responsibilities include designing, executing and analyzing experiments necessary to meet engineering specifications for their process. A Module Engineer participates in the development of intellectual property and the development of the equipment necessary to exploit understanding gained in research (in collaboration with equipment suppliers.) The Engineer must work effectively with the equipment supplier to identify shortcomings, propose and evaluate hardware modification to mitigate issues and operate the manufacturing line in order to integrate the many individual steps necessary for the manufacture of complex microprocessors. Module Engineers are also responsible for overseeing in-situ ramp to manufacturing volumes to demonstrate that the technology meets requirements while simultaneously transferring the technology to counterparts in manufacturing via 'Copy Exactly!' methodology. Module ownership includes the install and qualification of manufacturing capacity at the development site and audit installation/qualification and supervision of first full loop at the production site. Must hold a PhD.


You must possess a minimum of a Ph.D. degree majoring in Physics, Material Science, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, or a related field.

Criteria for selection include: a strong academic record, demonstrated experimental and data analysis expertise, superior critical thinking skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, creativity and flexibility to thrive under changing priorities, strong teamwork skills, an ability to drive and take responsibility for projects and a solid peer-reviewed publication record. Experience using and maintaining scientific equipment is preferred. Semiconductor processing experience is not mandatory.

Job Category


Primary Location

USA-Oregon, Hillsboro

Full/Part Time

Full Time

Business Group

As the world's largest chip manufacturer, Intel strives to make every facet of semiconductor manufacturing state-of-the-art -- from semiconductor process development and manufacturing, through yield improvement to final test and optimization, and lastly packaging. Employees in the Technology and Manufacturing group are part of a worldwide network of manufacturing and assembly/test facilities.

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Intel prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status. 


Exploring Careers Alongside and Outside of Academia: Recap

In case you couldn’t make it, I wanted to give you an overview of my presentation last week on Exploring Careers Alongside and Outside of Academia. Here you'll find an overview of how to do a non-academic job search, what you need to think about for yourself, and a list of resources to start exploring what jobs are out there. Please consider coming in to talk with me further if you have specfic questions on how to make this process work best for you!

How to Search for Non-Academic Jobs

First and foremost: you must put in the time and effort if you want a job that fits for you.

  • Step 1: Brainstorm Ideas. Start from scratch if you need to! Consider taking a career assessment to help you generate ideas. Check out resources below to get inspiration. Consider browsing LinkedIn for ideas as well.
  • Step 2: Research and Investigate Options. Look at the practicality and feasibility of your options.
  • Step 3: Gain Experience. This is key to making you a qualified applicant! Consider a part-time job, volunteer experience, and/or carving out time in the summer to gain skills. Employers value experience heavily.

What It Takes To Do a Career Search

Know yourself.

  •  Spend time thinking (away from job stress!)
  •  Commit to doing something you’ve always wanted to do
  •  Take career assessments (MBTI, Strengths)

Know your interests and values.

  • Write top 5 values in your life and top 5 values in your career
  • Take ‘Work Values Assessment’
  • Take Career Assessment (Strong Interest Inventory)
  • Look for positive feedback from others (employers, faculty, peers, etc.)

Assess your career path.

  • Have your interests/circumstances changed?
  • Read “So What Are You Going To Do With That?” by Basalla and Debelius
  • Who do you respect in your life? What do they do? Why does it matter to them?

General Resources for UCSB Grad Students

  • UCSB Career Resource Room: hold publications in the room (Building 599, CRR). Alternatively, you could look online for the lists of books and publications (
  • Local Listings: The UCSB Career Room has “booklists” that have names of companies (Building 599, CRR).
  • LinkedIn: look at LinkedIn profiles of UCSB alumni in your discipline to get inspiration and maybe make a connection (
  • Gaucholink: Look at UCSB’s gaucholink for job postings for Ph.D. and master’s students (
  • UC Employment Opportunities (California): Employment opportunities available throughout the UC System (
  • Versatile PhD: UCSB offers this website to students for free. A great place to explore what people have used their PhDs for both STEM and Humanities fields. Interestingly you can follow someone’s course from their thought process to looking at a job posting to their CV to their resume and cover letter. (
  • Academic360: Meta-collection of Internet resources. Includes links to faculty, staff, and administrative position announcements (
  • HigherEdJobs: Search engine for academic, faculty, and staff jobs (
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education: news and jobs in higher education (and academia) (
  • job search aggregating website that pulls jobs from different data bases. Great place to start to get an overview of job titles/qualifications that are of interest
  • Consider joining Professional Groups

SHEF (Social Science, Humanities, Education & Fine Arts) Specific Resources

  • Beyond the Academe: history students primarily, though this site contains useful information for graduate students and faculty that advise graduate students. Check out their real jobs and exploring your option sections (
  • HASTAC: Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory. This is a site focused on collaborations across disciplines, creative uses of technology, and job and fellowships posted here.
  • Non-Academic Careers for Psychologists: American Psychological Association has gathered alternative careers. (
  • Career Alternatives for History of Art and Architecture: List of resources for students interested in outside the academy jobs. (
  • EDJOIN (California): Job listing site of choice for California school districts useful for Education Graduate Students. Shows full range of education positions, both classified and certificated, administrator, counselor, librarian, others. (
  • HERC: Job search engine for higher education jobs at universities (

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Specific Resources

  • NatureJobs: Great website to look for global careers for scientists with a science jobs board  
  • ScienceCareers: Another great website that has job listings for industry, academia, and government for scientists of all disciplines and expertise.
  • OYSTIR: A resource and job search tool for STEM disciplines.
  • CheekyScientist: website that looks at alternative careers to STEM Phd

For more information, contact Lana Smith-Hale, Graduate Career Consultant.

Drop in: Tuesdays 10-12, 2-3; Wednesdays 9-12; Thursday 1-4

Call for an appointment: 805-893-4412



Winter 2016 Career and Recruiting Events

Looking for a job? Let Career Services assist you!

Below is a list of various Career events this quarter; take note of the following opportunities with employers who are specifically looking to hire graduate students:

  1. Eight different employer information sessions. These types of events gives the potential applicant a chance to hear more about the company and network directly with employees from that company. It is a great way to start a conversation! I recommend bringing a resume.
  2. Workshop on 'How to Salary Negotiate' with Career Services and Northrop Grumman. Bring your resume if you are interested in Northrop Grumman!
  3. Winter Career and Internship Fair on January 28. If you would like to get an "early bird" pass to enter an hour before general admission, come to Career Services or my drop-in hours to have your resume reviewed beforehand. 

If you'd like one-on-one help with your resume or more information on any of these opportunities, set up an appointment to meet with me (Lana Smith-Hale, Graduate Career Consultant) by calling 805-893-4412.



Versatile Ph.D. Humanities and Social Science Online Panel Discussion: 'Careers in Business'

Versatile Ph.D. will host a free web-based asynchronous panel discussion on "Careers in Business" from January 25-29. All panelists are Ph.D.s from Humanities and Social Science fields, including:

  • An English Ph.D. who went into training, learning, and development in the corporate sphere and is now Senior Director of Leadership and Organizational Development for 7-Eleven
  • A Communication Studies Ph.D. who went into consulting, then sales, and is now Sales Strategy and Development Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • A recent English and American Literature Ph.D. (2011) who left adjuncting to join the Internal Communications Team at Nestle Purina Petcare
  • A History and Philosophy of Science Ph.D. who after a few years as a postdoc and adjunct, got into market entry planning and is now Partner in a consulting firm that focuses on the U.S. renewable energy market

You can interact with panelists throughout the week on the site, or follow the discussion via email. All questions welcome, from the most general to the very specific. As a UCSB graduate student, you have free access to the information and resources on the Versatile Ph.D. website. To learn more about accessing its premium content, such as the panel discussions, follow these simple instructions provided by the Graduate Division.


Discover a Career in Data Analytics

Discover will be on campus next Wednesday, January 20, from 4-6 p.m. for a meet-and-greet and tech talk event aimed at Masters and Ph.D. students who are interested in data analytics. They are particularly looking for students in quantitative fields (e.g. statistics, economics, math, computer science/computer engineering, and technology management) who are interested in their Central Analytics Team Internship Program in Phoenix, AZ, or their full-time opportunities in Phoenix and their Headquarters in Riverwoods, IL. See the flyer below for more details.

Discover Financial Services is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts, certificates of deposit and money market accounts through its direct banking business.


Yardi Systems To Host Jan. 18 Technology Job Fair

Yardi Systems is having a Technology Job Fair at their office in Goleta on Monday, January 18, from 11:00 a.m.-6 p.m. They have full-time job opportunities for Masters students in computer science, computer engineering, economics, mathematics, statistics, and technology management. If you are a Ph.D. student, consider checking out the fair as well in order to gain valuable networking opportunities and a glimpse into industry positions that are available in the Santa Barbara community.






CSEP Hosts Jan. 13 Career Talk on Transitioning from Academia to Industry

What: "Transitioning from Academia to Industry: The First Few Years"

Who: Aidee Duarte, PhD, Product Developer at The Clorox Company

When: Wednesday, January 13, 2-3 p.m.

Where: Elings 1601

More Info: During this talk, Duarte will share her experience in transitioning from academia to industry. The talk will include the transferable skills she learned as a graduate student and how she adapted to meet corporate priorities. She will share what a typical day looks like for a product developer and what career paths are available at Clorox. You will learn about her interview process and the insights she gained serving as a Clorox recruiter. In addition, attendees will learn about what makes Clorox a unique place in which to work.

RSVP: Click here to register for the event. Light refreshments provided.


Graduate Writers' Room Expanded to Four Days a Week in Winter Quarter

The Graduate Writers' Room will be open this quarter from January 11 through March 11 in the Student Resource Building Room 1103 on the following days and times:

Mondays and Wednesdays: 1-4 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursday: 9 a.m.-noon

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email Robert Hamm.


Learn How to Be an Entrepreneur at UCSB's Startup Weekend

Do you have dreams of starting your own company? Do you have a good idea that you know could be successful? Do you want to learn more about what it takes to do a startup?

Graduate students are uniquely trained to think of new ideas. Now get training on what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

Startup Weekend at UCSB

January 15-17

Event starts at 6:00 pm
Student Resource Building/Corwin Pavilion

What is Startup Weekend?

A 54-hour event during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more come together to take ideas and create them into something more. Friday kicks off with open-mic pitches where attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. On Saturday and Sunday, teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies, and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening, teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

This event attracts speakers, coaches, panelists (generally well-respected members of the local startup community or notable names in the tech industry), and various sponsors and company representatives to maximize the value for the aspiring young entrepreneurs. For more information and a full schedule, click here.


Defining Success in Your Career

In my meetings with graduate students, I’ve noticed that a lot of the graduate students generally enjoy having clear expectations for what success looks like. There is a desire to clarify and re-clarify what the expectations are and how to successfully get there. (E.g., can’t you hear your students asking you how long a paper should be, even though you’ve said "it’s quality over quantity"?) Much of what exists for graduate students who are interested in careers in the academy is a clear path towards what it means to be successful and how to get there.

The problem is that clear expectations and a clear path to success is not what exists in the world outside academia.

Author Melanie Nelson wrote a book for graduate students on how to be successful outside of academia. One way she does that is by encouraging students to enhance their "soft skills" but was met with resistance. In her recent Vitae article, Owning Your Career, she says that it is sometimes hard for graduate students to hear they need to work on those aspects (versus just hard/technical skills) because they are also implicitly being told that the road to success is not direct. For those graduate students examining alternative-academic (alt-ac) careers, her main advice is that you need to figure out what success should look like for yourself.

I think her point is raw and important. Success isn’t defined by someone else. It’s up to you to take full ownership of your career.

Click here to read her full article. If you are interested in learning more about careers alongside and outside of academia or how to talk about your Ph.D. skills for non-academic employers, consider attending my workshop next week to clarify your definition of what success looks like for you.

Exploring Careers Alongside and Outside of Academia
January 13
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Student Resource Building, Room 2154