University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Graduate 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 five years of graduates and their current jobs:

Name  Ph.D. year Current position

H. Jacob Borish


Chenliang Huang

2017 Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Brian Prager


Nicholas Troup

2017 Assistant Professor, Salisbury University

Loreto Barcos

2016 ALMA Postdoctoral Fellow, Joint ALMA Observatory

Joanna Corby

2016 Visiting Professor, University of South Florida

Guillermo Damke

2016 Postdoc, Universidad de La Serena

Christopher Irwin

2016 Postdoctoral Fellow, Tel Aviv University

Kristen Jones

2016 Postdoctoral Associate, Arecibo Observatory

Siraprapa Sanpa-arsa

2016 Researcher, National Astronomical Research Inst. of Thailand

Kimberly Sokal

2016 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas, Austin

Timothy Pennucci

2015 Postdoc, Eötvös Loránd University

Charles Romero

2015 Postdoc, IRAM, Domaine Universitaire

Xiaping Tang

2015 Postdoc, Max-Planck Inst. for Astrophysics

Rachael Beaton

2014 Hubble/Carnegie-Princeton Fellow, Princeton University

William Dirienzo

2014 Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin - Shebogyan

George Privon

2014 Postdoc, University of Florida

George Trammell

2014 Associate Development Engineer, UCLA

Lisa May Walker

2014 NIRCam Postdoc, University of Arizona

Bo Zhao

2014 Postdoc, Max-Planck Inst. for Extraterrestrial Physics

Bin Chen

2013 Assistant Professor, New Jersey Inst. of Technology

David Whelan

2013 Assistant Professor, Austin College

Anya Bilous

2012 Postdoc, Anton Pannekoek Inst. for Astronomy, University of Amsterdam

Marios Chatzikos

2012 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Kentucky

Nicole Gugliucci

2012 Assistant Professor, Saint Anselm College

Paul Ries

2012 Technologist II, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Abel Yang

2012 Lecturer, National University of Singapore

Gail Zasowski

2012 Assistant Professor, University of Utah

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  Ph.D. year Current position

Cheng-yu Kuo

2011 Assistant Professor, National Sun Yat-sen University

Jarron Leisenring

2011 JWST Support Scientist, STScI

Ryan Lynch

2011 Assistant Scientist, Green Bank Observatory

Geneviève de Messières

2011 Astronomy Education Program Manager, National Air and Space Museum

Amy Reines

2011 Associate Professor, Montana State University

Jeff Carlin

2010 Research Associate, LSST

Mei-Yin Chou

2010 EPO Project Scientist, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Ori Fox

2010 Instrument Scientist, STScI

Chan Park

2010 Instrumentation Scientist, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Instit.

Jake Simon

2010 Senior Research Associate, University of Colorado

Dan Wik

2010 Assistant Professor, University of Utah

Ka Wah Wong

2010 Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University

David Nidever

2009 Assistant Research Professor, Montana State University

Srikrishna Kanneganti

2009 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (deceased, 2013)

Richard Mellon

2009 Technical Consultant, Ab Initio Software

Jodie Morgan

2009 Chief Scientist, Morgan Research Enterprises

Ricardo Muñoz

2008 Assistant Professor, Universidad de Chile

Alok Singhal

2008 Edgestream Partners, L.P.

Jennifer Bartlett

2007 Chief, Software Products Division, United States Naval Observatory

Tanim Islam

2007 Design Physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Jeffrey Oishi

2007 Assistant Professor, Bates College and Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History

Gregory Sivakoff

2006 Associate Professor, University of Alberta

David Rosario

2006 Junior Scientist, Max-Planck Inst. for Extraterrestrial Physics

Allyson Sheffield

2006 Associate Professor, CUNY - LaGuadia Community College

Peter Frinchaboy

2006 Associate Professor, Texas Christian University

Scott Randall

2005 Astrophysicist, High Energy Astrophysics Division, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Jeff Crane

2004 Associate Director for Technological Affairs, Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington

John Silverman

2004 Assistant Professor, Kavli Institute for Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, University of Tokyo

Tony Sohn

2004 Associate Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University 

Jamie Ostheimer

2002 Associate Director, Data Science at BioElectron Technology Corporation

Wayne Winters

2002 Chair, Science Department, John Burroughs School

Joshua Kempner

2002 Senior Imaging Scientist, VisEn Medical

Zhenping Huang

2001 IceCube Neutrino Experiment, University of Maryland, and NASA/GSFC

Michael Siegel

2002 Senior Research Associate, Penn State University

Chih-Yueh Wang

2001 Department of Physics, Chung-Yuan Christian University, Taiwan

Chris Palma

2001 Senior Lecturer, Penn State University

Franz Bauer

2000 Associate Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Ronak Shah

2000 Research Astronomer, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Raymond Ohl

2000 Optical physicist, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Eric Richards

1999 Business Development, PLUS Location Systems

Noella D’Cruz

1998 Professor, Joliet Junior College

Jimmy Irwin

1997 Associatet Professor, University of Alabama

Fan Fang

1997 Research Scientist, Spitzer Science Center

Vikram Dwarkadas

1997 Research Associate Professor, University of Chicago

Jonathan Whitney

1996 Formerly: Programmer, Kesmai Corporation

Edward Murphy

1996 Associate Professor, University of Virginia

David Frayer

1996 Scientist, Green Bank Observatory

Geary Albright

1996 Assistant Professor, James Madison Univ.

Phillip Plait

1995 The “Bad Astronomer”

Ricky Patterson

1995 Research Librarian for Science & Engineering, University of Virginia

Gregory Hennessy

1995 Astronomer, United States Naval Observatory

William Dalton

1995 VP for Production, ArtCraft Entertainment, Inc.

Charles Nelson

1994 Associate Professor, Drake University

Richard Gelderman

1994 Professor, Western Kentucky University

Prudence Foster

1994 Researcher, University of Bristol

Michael Wise

1992 Head, Astronomy Group, Netherlands Inst. for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON)

Eric Lufkin

1992 Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Brian McNamara

1991 Professor, University of Waterloo

John Houck

1991 Research Scientist, MIT Center for Space Research

Michael Fanelli

1991 Astrophysics Branch, NASA Ames

Jeffrey Mangum

1990 Scientist, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Harry Lehto

1989 Professor, Turku University

David Adler

1989 Senior Operations Astronomer, AURA

Melissa McGrath

1988 Senior Scientist, SETI

Robert Emmering

1988 Senior IT Product Specialist, Pacific Gas & Electric  

Deborah Crocker

1987 Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Alabama

Raymond White

1986 Professor, University of Alabama

James Wadiak

1986 President, BioTraces Inc. (deceased, 2003)

Andrew Hamilton

1984 Professor and JILA Fellow, University of Colorado

Alice Monet

1984 Chief, Software Products Division, United States Naval Observatory (retired)

Patrick Seitzer

1983 Research Professor (Emeritus), University of Michigan

Susan Neff

1982 Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Kerry Kingham

1982 Earth Orientation Department, United States Naval Observatory

Ronald Probst

1981 Scientist Staff, CTIO

Frank Levinson

1980 Founder and Principal Technologist, Finisar Corporation

Linda Dressel

1979 RJH Scientific Inc.

Thomas Strikwerda

1977 Program Area Manager, National Security Space, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University

Alan Marscher

1977 Professor, Boston University

James Huntley

1977 Lucent Technologies

Thomas Corbin

1977 Chief, Cataloging Division, United States Naval Observatory (retired)

Thomas Bania

1977 Professor, Boston University

Jan Hollis

1976 Assistant Chief, Space Data and Computing Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

David Gibson

1976 Formerly: GEODSS Field Site, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Harold McAlister

1975 Regents’ Professor Emeritus and Director Emeritus, Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy, Georgia State University, and Director Emeritus, Mount Wilson Observatory

Paul Hemenway

1974 Adjunct Professor, University of Denver

Ronald Zissell

1973 Observatory Director Mount Holyoke College (retired)

Charles Smith

1973 unknown

Alvin Miller

1973 CSC, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (retired)

Paul Giguere

1973 Fluid Dynamics Group, Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Labs

Frank Clark

1973 VSBC, Air Force Research Laboratory

Haywood Smith

1972 Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Florida

Fred Rosenberg

1972 Member, Technical Staff, Lincoln Labs, MIT

Dan Pascu

1972 Data Reduction and Instrumentation Division, Astrometry Department, United States Naval Observatory

Joseph Mast

1972 Professor Emeritus, Eastern Mennonite University

Dennis 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 (retired)

Catharine Garmany

1971 Senior Science Education Specialist - Astronomer, NOAO

Robert Doyle

1970 Associate Professor, Frostburg State University

Peter Shelus

1970 Senior Research Scientist, University of Texas, Austin

John Hershey

1969 Astronomy Program, CSC, Space Telescope Science Institute

Richard Berg

1969 Booz Allen Hamilton

George  Lockwood

1968 Astronomer, Lowell Observatory

Paul Knappenberger

1968 President, Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

Frank Bash

1967 Professor Emeritus, University of Texas, Austin