Careers (PhD)


Our students graduate with the knowledge, experience, and the ability to be leaders in a society that exhibits increasing demands for competence in communication, computation, and quantitative analysis. Applied mathematics encompasses some of the most diverse and interdisciplinary research in the physical, engineering, and biological sciences.  The skills our students obtain enable them to address the complex problems that society faces today.

In the last five years, 40 students have graduated from our doctoral program in Applied Mathematics.  Of those students, approximately 60% accepted postdoctoral positions in academia. Below, you will find a sample of institutes where our graduates obtained positions. 

Institute Academic Position (Postdoctoral Fellow or Teaching)
California Institute of Technology NSF Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for Brain Science, Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellow
Columbia University Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellow
Johns Hopkins University Postdoctoral Fellow
Massachusetts Institute of Technology NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow
North Carolina State Postdoctoral Fellow
Rice University Postdoctoral Fellow
The Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques Postdoctoral Fellow
University College London (Biosciences; Math) Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California, Merced Visiting Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Puget Sound Assistant Professor
University of Washington (Applied Mathematics; Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Global Health, Computer Science, UW Medicine) Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Washington Polar Science Center Postdoctoral Fellow

Others have gone into industry or labs; here is a look at various positions obtained by our graduates.

Company Position
AMD Senior Design Engineer
American Airlines Operations Research
Celect Data Science Engineer
Facebook Research Scientist
HERE Data Scientist
Institute for Disease Modeling Machine Learning Research Scientist
Kymeta Researcher
LinkedIn Software Engineer
Mayo Clinic Informatics Specialist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Earth Systems Analysis & Modeling Scientist
Sandia National Laboratories Researcher

updated summer 2021

Career Resources

The Career & Internship Center

The Career & Internship Center is a valuable resource available to current UW students and UW Alumni.  Services include workshops and career fairs, resume help, and the job search tool known as Handshake.


LinkedIn facilitates the ability for students to search for and connect with UW Alumni. Be sure to check out where our alumni work, noting the variety of career options.

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) has a helpful resource on careers for applied mathematicians. They explore the types of problems applied mathematicians may work on, and introduce you to growing fields in industry.  Visit the SIAM UW website for details on the local chapter. Throughout the year, SIAM UW offers events geared toward career preparation.