Creating a career to create careers

As an astronomy graduate student in Copenhagen, Kim Nilsson arranged to install an instrument on a user telescope. As a postdoc in Heidelberg, Germany, she organized a conference. Along the way, she began to think that her skills might prove useful outside of an academic career. But what new work could she turn to? Kim NilssonCredit: Pivigo Ltd After some twists and turns, she and Jason Muller, whom she met in business school, founded Pivigo as a recruitment company for PhDs in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. “We started our business because we are passionate about helping PhDs getting jobs,” says Nilsson. They soon retooled the business to focus mainly on preparing people to transition into data science (see Physics Today, August 2016, page 20). Nilsson told Physics Today’s…

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