PostAc

PostAc University® is a new app to help PhD students into non-academic research careers developed by our research team at the Australian National University. We started working on this app because we think one of the biggest problems for PhD students and graduates is finding non-academic employment that suits their talents and abilities.

Many people start a PhD wanting to be an academic, but on discovering the difficulties of the academic job market, change their mind. Some people finish and find themselves under-employed or on a series of tenuous contracts, dreaming of some certainty and a wage that reflects their years of hard work and effort.

If this is you, the PostAc app will help you find the kind of jobs you could do and identify the employers looking for your amazing research skills.

The PostAc® database contains millions of job ads indexed by the PostAc® Machine Learning technology. I’ve been working for over three years with my colleagues A/Prof Hanna Souminen and Dr Will Grant to develop an algorithm that can ‘read’ job ads and sort them by level of ‘nerdiness’. We built our algorithm into a search engine to help you find jobs that will suit your skills and interests. Any graduate from any discipline – literary scholars to astrophysicists – will find jobs they can do in our database.

PostAc is a treasure trove of information about the potential job market and future opportunities for research graduates and I am thrilled to be able to offer this positive way forward for people who are struggling with the question “what next?”.

Currently PostAc University is only available to universities in Australia on subscription. If you would like your university to purchase the product, you can direct people to to our product brochure.

We are using our app to research the job market for PhD graduates. You can watch the video below or download our latest industry report here.