Be part of the excitement of finding new career opportunities, honing your networking skills, or hiring the perfect person at the 2011 AGU Fall Meeting Career Fair! Details of events will be posted on this page – new events get added regularly, so check back often. In the meantime, submit your resume to the AGU Career Center and be prepared well in advance of the Fall Meeting to interview!

Career Center and Career Fair

Monday 5 December – Friday 9 December, 0830h-1800h Moscone South, Poster Hall

Take advantage of the world’s top talented Earth and space scientists in one location – interview your ideal new employee while you’re at the Meeting, or find the job that fits you perfectly! Hear from Earth and space science professionals about their careers in the Informal Talks series in the Career Lounge.

Need some advice? The Career Center will also have career guidance workshops and career counseling sessions. If you would like to post a job for which you will be conducting interviews during the AGU Fall Meeting, please visit the AGU Career Center.

If you would like to rent an interview booth during the 2011 AGU Fall Meeting, please contact for details of available packages and rates. If you would like to set up  a Geoscience Professional Showcase table, suitable for those wishing to promote their company or industry to AGU Fall Meeting Career Center attendees, please contact for details about available packages and rates.

Career Advice Workshops with Career Coach Alaina Levine

Moscone South Mezzanine, Rooms 222-226

Monday, 5 December, 1100h-1200h Effective Resume/CV Writing and Editing

Monday, 5 December 1400h-1500h Professional Leadership Skills for Scientists

Wednesday, 7 December 1100h-1200h Effective Networking Strategies

Wednesday, 7 December 1400h-1500h Negotiation Strategies and Tactics 

AGU-AGI Career Opportunities Networking Lunch

Wednesday 7 December, 1230h-1330h San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate B This is a ticketed event; the first 200 students to purchase tickets (cost: US $5) from the AGU Fall Meeting registration form will be admitted to the lunch. You can also buy a ticket at the onsite registration.

Make sure you bring your receipt to the Career Center (in Poster Hall, Moscone Center South) to collect your lunch card beforehand!

Practice your networking skills and find out about careers in a wide range of employment sectors from government labs and agencies, industry, consulting, and non-governmental organizations.

We expect representatives from industry, consulting, federal and state government, government agencies, non-government organizations, and national labs to be present for this session.

Sign up to be one of the geoscience professionals at the Career Opportunities Networking Lunch! This event is made possible by the generous support of

  • Chevron
  • Swiss Re

Geoscientists from the following organizations have already registered and are looking forward to helping you hone your networking skills and telling you about their rewarding careers!

  • AGU Congressional Science Fellow
  • American Association for the Advancement for Science
  • American Geosciences Institute
  • American Institute of Physics
  • Chevron Energy Technology Company
  • Droplet Measurement Technologies
  • ExxonMobil Exploration Company
  • Geological Society of America
  • Geometrics
  • Global Science & Technology, Inc
  • I.M. Systems Group, Inc.
  • Imperial Oil Resources
  • Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)
  • JH Consult
  • John Wiley and Sons Inc.
  • Lawrence Berkeley Lab
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • NCAR/Earth Observing Laboratory
  • NOAA
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • The Aerospace Corporation
  • The Climate Corporation
  • U.S. Geological Survey

One-on-One Career Consultations with Alaina Levine

Various times from Monday, 5 December –  Thursday, 8 December All appointments now taken! Sign up for the waiting list!

Career Center, Main Poster Hall

Get expert and personal advice about your career!

One-on-One Career Consultations will be approximately 20 minutes long and are scheduled in advance.

Meet with Alaina Levine, a nationally recognized, scientific career expert, to discuss any career-related issues you have including: career planning and searching, CV/resume writing, cover letter writing, professional development, professional etiquette, networking, negotiation, etc.

All consultations are completely confidential so you are welcome to ask whatever questions you want. Bring your CV/resume, cover letter, and any other item you wish to have critiqued. These consultations will be scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis.

To schedule an interview, please send an email to, with a subject line of ‘One-on-One Career Consultations’ and provide the following information:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Cell phone number
  • Email address
  • Are you a student? (Yes or no)
  • Preferred day of the week (Monday, Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday afternoon, or Thursday morning only)
  • Do you prefer a morning or afternoon appointment? (Morning/afternoon)

Please provide all the information requested! If you don’t, you risk losing your opportunity! You will receive an email in reply with your appointment. If all times get filled, careers staff will keep a waiting list. All appointments are  now taken. You can sign up to be on the waiting list – please make sure you include a cellphone number on which you can be reached while at the meeting!

Resume Writing Seminar

Wednesday, 7 December 1000h-1100h Moscone South Mezzanine Rooms 222-226 Get tips on preparing a door-opening resume! Bring your resume for Ida Buffone of I.M. Systems Group to critique!

Turn That Interview Into a Job!

Wednesday, 7 December 1500h-1600h Moscone South Mezzanine Rooms 222-226 No matter how good you think your interview skills are, join in this workshop for great tips from Ida Buffone of I.M. Systems Group!

Informal talks in the Career Lounge at AGU Fall Meeting

The Career Lounge next to the Career Center at the AGU Fall Meeting will feature informal talks and presentations on careers. Find out how Earth and space scientists have put their science to work in a variety of areas!

Geoscience in the Energy Industry

Tuesday, 6 December 1000h-1100h and Wednesday, 7 December, 1000h-1100h

Learn from recently hired ExxonMobil geoscientists about career opportunities in the energy industry and find out how they use their science training on the job!

Tuesday: Johanna Smith, recent hire from University of Rochester, now working in ExxonMobil Production Company and Michael Lawson, PhD, University of Manchester, now working at ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company Wednesday:  Nora Dedontney, new hire from Harvard, now working in ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Geoscience in the Reinsurance Industry

Tuesday, 6 December 1100h-1200h

Discover how valuable your geoscience training is to the world of reinsurance! Dr. Andrew Castaldi will talk about the reinsurance industry, what skills it values, and his own career at Swiss Re, one of the largest reinsurance companies in the world.

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships: Ready for a something new?

Tuesday, 6 December 1400h-1500h

For more than 38 years, the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships have provided scientists and engineers with a unique opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to national and international issues in the federal policy realm, while learning first-hand about establishing and implementing policy.  You are invited to join a discussion of this great opportunity.

Olga Francois, Sr. Project Director, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

Internship opportunities for undergraduate, graduate students and Professional Development training for teachers at Catholic University of America, DC

Wednesday, 7 December 1400h-1500h

We invite everyone interested to learn about exciting new research and education opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students at CUA/IACS located in Washington, DC. Our research is conducted in close connection with NASA/GSFC and in close collaboration with other US universities in areas of Astrophysics, Space Sciences and Space Weather. In addition, we offer Professional Development courses in areas of Space Science and Space Weather for elementary and middle school teachers. We will also be discussing how you can apply to enter our internship programs supported by various NASA and NSF grants. For more details visit and or send e-mail to

Fred Bruhweiler, Antti Pulkkinen, Katya Verner, presenters

Institute for Broadening Participation – Funding your Education:  NASA and NSF Paid Summer Research, Fellowships, and Scholarships

Wednesday, 7 December 1500h-1600h

Learn about a variety of NASA and National Science Foundation paid research experiences, scholarships, and fellowships in the Earth Sciences.  Receive information on how to search for and apply for scholarships, fellowships, and internships in a wide variety of disciplines and geographic regions.  Ask questions about finding opportunities and receive tips on identifying research and funding opportunities that meet your needs and interests.

Book launch party!

Wednesday, 7 December 1600h-1700h

Celebrate the launch of Dr. Sundar Christopher’s new career advice book, Navigating Graduate School and Beyond: A Career Guide for Graduate Students and A Must Read for Every Advisor. Along with a free glass of beer or soda, get some key advice from Dr. Christopher.

View the flier for this event. And here’s even more information!

International Career Day: Tuesday, 6 December

All International Career Day events will take place in Moscone South, Mezzanine Rooms 222-226

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities in Germany

Tuesday, 6 December 1000h-1130h

The Research in Germany presentation will provide an overview of current funding mechanisms and fellowship opportunities from the German Research Foundation DFG, the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, the Alexander Humboldt Foundation AvH, and others. The intended audience is both early career scientists looking for post-doc and other opportunities, and scientists at all career levels who are interested in collaborating with colleagues from Germany (and vice versa).

Presenting will be Dr. Max Voegler, director of the DFG North America office in Washington, DC.

Supporting young researchers to start and/or consolidate their research team in Europe

Tuesday, 6 December 1300h-1400h

ERC Starting Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish or consolidate a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. It will support the creation of excellent new research teams and will strengthen others that have been recently created.

    • For researchers of any nationality with 2-12 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree) and scientific track record showing great promise
    • An excellent research proposal
    • Research must be conducted in a public or private research organization (known as a Host Institution/HI) located in one of the EU Member State or Associated Countries
    • Funding per grant: up to € 1.5 million (in some circumstances up to € 2 million, such as researchers coming from outside Europe)
    • Duration: up to 5 years
    • Evaluation criterion: scientific excellence
    • Calls for proposals: published once a year in summer with deadlines in autumn

Claudia Jesus-Rydin of the European Research Council will lead this session.

Denmark – your next research destination

Tuesday, 6 December 1400h-1500h

Learn why Denmark ought to be your next research destination. World-reknowned physicist Niels Bohr´s home-country invests massively in research and development, has great research environments in geo-physics and has an array of instruments in place that is intended to increase internationalization and exchange, including visiting professorship programs and young fellowship programs.

Lars Beer Nielsen of Innovation Center Denmark will present.


Career transitions for academics into industry

Monday, 5 December 1200h-1330h Moscone South, Mezzanine Rooms 222-226

Panelists include staff from BASIC, Google, MBARI, ProMatch, and AIMS-Stanford

Ph.D. graduates in geosciences possess unique quantitative, programming, problem-solving, and social skills that are in-demand by the high-tech industry. A career in industry is an attractive and rewarding opportunity for young scientists to realize their creative potential. The reasons for making a transition can be multiple, including decrease in government-sponsored support of science or desire to pursue more entrepreneurial endeavors. However, how does one make such career transitions from academia into industry? 

During this panel discussion, we will identify and address the following bottlenecks that prevent smooth transitions between science and industry:

  • Identifying unique skills that scientists bring to high-tech companies: track record of scientists as technology innovators.
  • Communicating your unique strength in a resume: translating academic achievements into corporate language.
  • Getting your foot in the door: existing internship opportunities with the hi-tech companies.
  • Job search strategy in the industry: networking outside of academia.

Each of the topics will be addressed in a short (~5 min) presentation by one of the panelists followed by a period of open discussion with the audience. The workshop will conclude with a dedicated period when both the panelists and the audience can interact in a more informal one-on-one setting.

Opportunities at the Intersection of Science and Policy

Thursday, 8 December 1000h-1100h Moscone South, Mezzanine Rooms 222-226 Cynthia Robinson, Director, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships This session will explore career opportunities at the intersection of science and policy, both in terms of “science for policy” and “policy for science.” The workshop will underscore the importance of scientists’ understanding of the impacts of science on the policy-making process and the impacts of policy-making on the scientific enterprise, describe skills needed to succeed in science policy, describe several avenues to learn more about science policy.