The majority of Duke PhD's go to postdoctoral positions at research universities or teaching positions at small colleges. A sizable minority elect to pursue careers in industry or at governmental agencies. (Many students explore careers beyond academic through summer internships.) See the table below for the "first jobs after graduation" for our recent graduates. Additional information can be found in the Graduate School's database; to access the information for the mathematics graduates, select "Physical Sciences" (Academic Divison) and "Mathematics" (Program), clicking "Apply" after each selection.
2020  2021
PhD Student  Advisor  Thesis First Job After Graduation 

Orsola CapovillaSearle  Lenhard Ng  Exact Lagrangian fillings of Legendrian Links and Weinstein 4manifolds NSF postdoc at UC Davis 
Dena Ho  Les Saper  Realizing Hecke Actions on Modular Forms Via Cohomology of Dessins d'Enfants Ernst & Young 
Eric Hopper  Richard Hain  Cyclotomic and Elliptic Polylogarithms and Motivic Extensions of Q by Q(m) Postdoc at U Rochester 
Xiangying (Zoe) Huang  Richard Durrett  Contact Process on Random Graphs and Trees Postdoc at UBC 
Oliver Kelsey Tough  James Nolen  Asymptotic Behaviour of the FlemingViot Process Postdocs at Université de Neuchâtel 
Chao Shen  Hautieng Wu  Robust and scalable unsupervised learning via landmark diffusion, from theory to medical application Amazon Applied Scientist 
Kevin Stubbs  Jianfeng Lu  Exponentially Localized Wannier Functions in NonPeriodic Insulators Postdoc at UCLA 
Lihan Wang  Jianfeng Lu  Quantitative Analysis in Stochastic Homogenization and Hypocoercive PDEs in Sampling Postdoc at Carnegie Mellon 
Xin Xiong  Richard Hain  Hodge theory and string topology 
Dong Yao  Richard Durrett  Epidemics on Evolving Graphs Asst Prof at Jiangsu Normal University 
Yiyue Zhang  Hubert Bray  The Hyperbolic Positive Mass Theorem and Volume Comparison Involving Scalar Curvature Postdoc at UC Irvine 

2019  2020
PhD Student  Advisor  Thesis First Job After Graduation 

Matthew Beckett  Mark Stern  Equivariant Nahm Transforms and Minimal YangMills Connections 
Michael Bell  Robert Bryant  Second Order Families of Minimal Lagrangians in CP³ 
Yu Cao  Jianfeng Lu  Analytical and Numerical Study of Lindblad Equations Instructor at the Courant Institute, NYU 
Joshua Cruz  Les Saper  
William Duncan  Mike Reed  HomeostasisBifurcation Singularities and Identifiability of Feedforward Networks Postdoctoral Researcher in Mathematical Sciences at Montana State University 
Gabriel Earl  Jonathan Mattingly  Stratified MCMC Sampling for NonReversible Dynamics Postdoc at Duke, postdoc at U Mass 
Shalla Hanson  Mike Reed  Mathematical Modelling of ImmunoOncology and Related Immunology Mathematical Modeler at Immunetrics, Inc. 
Jeffrey LaComb  Jianfeng Lu  Asymptotic Analysis and Rare Event Simulation for Failure Probabilities in Discrete Random Media Assistant Teaching Professor in Mathematics at Drexel University 
Jessica Leete  Anita Layton  Sexspecific Computational Models of Blood Pressure Regulation 
John Malik  Hautieng Wu  A Geometric Approach to Biomedical Time Series Analysis Research Fellow in Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School 
Erika Ordog  Ezra Miller  Minimal Resolutions of Monomial Ideals Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas A&M 
Sarah Patterson  Anita Layton  Extensions of the Immersed Interface Method to Open Tube Interfaces and Hemodynamic Models Assistant professor at the Virginia Military Institute 
Shan Shan  Ingrid Daubechies  Probabilistic Model on Fibre Bundle Assistant Professor at Mount Holyoke College 
Kyle Thicke  Jianfeng Lu  Accelerating the Computation of Density Functional Theory’s Correlation Energy Under Random Phase Approximations Postdoc researcher at Technical University of Munich 
Do Tran  Ezra Miller  Sampling from Stratified Spaces Research Postdoc at the Institute for Mathematical Stochastics, Goettingen University 
Thomas Tran  Jayce Getz  Secondary Terms in Asymptotics for the Number of Zeros of Quadratic Forms Postdoc in Mathematics at the University of Kentucky 
2018  2019
PhD Student  Advisor(s)  First Job After Graduation 

Gavin Ball  Robert Bryant  Postdoc at U Quebec 
Erin Beckman  James Nolen  Postdoc at McGill 
Michael Casey  Sayan Mukherjee  
Ryan Gunderson  Robert Bryant  Quantative Researcher at Susquehana International Group 
Ran Huo  Rick Durrett  Postdoc at U Melbourne 
Chester Lian  Lenhard Ng  Software Engineer at Google 
Weifan Liu  Tom Witelski  Postdoc at Syracuse U 
Rubio Ma  Rick Durrett  Postdoc at Peking U 
Dmitry Vagner  Ezra Miller  Simulation Scientist at Imbellus AI Research 
Jieren Xu  Ingrid Daubechies  Postdoc at Duke U 
2017  2018
PhD Student  Advisor(s)  First Job After Graduation 

Hamza Ghadyali  John Harer  
Yuhao Hu  Robert Bryant  Colorado U, Boulder 
Ma Luo  Richard Hain  Postdoc at Oxford U 
Robert Ravier  Ingrid Daubechies  Postdoc at Duke iin ECE and Math 
Jieren Xu  Ingrid Daubechies  Postdoc at Duke in ECE 
Zhiyong Zhao  Robert Bryant  Bloomberg 
2016  2017
PhD Student  Advisor(s)  First Job After Graduation 

Brian Fitzpatrick  Paul Aspinwall  Instructor, Duke University 
Lizzy Huang  Mark Stern  Quantitative Analytics, Freddie Mac, Washington, DC 
Hangie Ji  Tom Witelski  Assistant Professor, Program in Computing at UCLA. 
Aki Nishimura  David Dunson  Postdoc, UCLA 
Yu Pan  Lenhard Ng  Moore Instructorship, MIT 
Henry Roesch  Hugh Bray  NSF Postdoc, UC Irvine 
Chao Xu  Jianfeng Lu  Startup, San Francisco area 
Rachel Yin  Ingrid Daubechies  Google, Cambridge MA 
2015  2016
PhD Student  Advisor(s)  First Job After Graduation 

Philip Andreae  Mark Stern  Assistant Professor, Meredith College 
Humberto Diaz  Chad Schoen  Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California at Riverside 
Caitlin Leverson  Lenhard Ng  Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology 
Ezgi Temogullari  Michael C. Reed  Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas, Southwestern, Cell Biology 
Harrison Potter  Thomas P. Witelski  Assistant Professor, Marietta College 
Kangkang Wang  Paul S. Aspinwall  Software Engineer, Google, Inc. 
2014  2015
PhD Student  Advisor(s)  First Job After Graduation 

Ben Gaines  Paul Aspinwall  Assistant Professor, Iona College in New Rochelle, NY 
Tingran Gao  Ingrid Daubechies  Postdoctoral position at Duke 
Andrew Goetz  Hugh Bray  Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz 
Kevin Kordek  Richard Hain  Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas A&M 
Anil Venkatesh  Richard Hain  Assistant Professor, Ferris State University 
Tatsunari Watanabe  Richard Hain  Golomb Visiting Assistant Professor, Purdue University 
Yuan Zhang  Richard Durrett  Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles 
2013  2014
PhD Student  Advisor(s)  First Job After Graduation 

Miles Crosskey  Mauro Maggioni  Postdoc for Maurio Maggioni, Duke University 
Sean Lawley  Mike Reed, Jonathan Mattingly  Postdoc, University of Utah 
Junchi Li  Rick Durrett  Quantitative Strategy Researcher, Sunrise Futures 
Chris O'Neill  Ezra Miller  Postdoc, Texas A&M University 
Ioannis Sgouralis  Anita Layton  NIMBioS University of Tennessee 
Hwayeon Ryu  Anita Layton, Jim Nolan  Credit Model Validation Analyst, U.S. Bancorp. 
Hangjun Xu  Hugh Bray  Oracle, Senior Software Engineer, Santa Clara, CA 
2012  2013
PhD Student  Advisor(s)  First Job After Graduation 

Hyeongkwan Kim  Bill Pardon  University of North CarolinaAsheville 
Yi Li  Anita Layton  Avanade Business Consulting 
ShiShi Luo  Mike Reed, Jonathan Mattingly  Postdoc with Alana Perelson, Los Alamos National Laboratory 
Elizabeth Munch  John Harer  Postdoc, Institute for Mathematics and its Application (IMA), Minneapolis, MN 
Alan Parry  Hugh Bray  University of Connecticut 
2011  2012
PhD Student  Advisor(s)  First Job After Graduation 

Prakash Balachandran  Mauro Maggioni  Postdoc with Eric Kolazyck, Boston University 
Esteban Chavez  Jim Nolen  Postdoc, University of California  Santa Barbara 
Kevin Gonzalez  David Schaeffer  Assistant Professor, Shaw University 
Aaron Jackson  Stephanos Venakides  Financial Applications Engineer, Bloomberg 
Tiffany Kolba  Jonathan Mattingly  Tenure track position, Valparaiso University 
Michael Pruitt  Tom Beale  Postdoc, University of Connecticut 
David Rose  Lenny Ng  Busemann Assistant Professor, University of Southern California 
Sara Schott  Mark Huber  Assistant Professor of the Practice, Duke University 
2010  2011
PhD Student  Advisor(s)  First Job After Graduation 

Amir Aazami  Arlie Petters  Postdoc Fellow, Kavli Institute for Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, Japan 
Matthew Bowen  David Schaeffer  Epic Systems Corporation 
Graham Cox  Hugh Bray  Lorenz Postdoc, University of North CarolinaChapel Hill 
Oliver Gjoneski  Les Saper  J.J. Sylvester Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University 
Aubrey HB  John Harer  Senior Statistician at FAIR Health New York 
Michael Jenista  Statistician, SAS, Cary, NC  
George MauKwong Lam  Hugh Bray  Finance position in Hong Kong 
Anna Little  Mauro Maggioni  Assistant Professor, University of Jacksonville 
Alberto Teguia  Arlie Petters  MBA Program, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University 
2009  2010
PhD Student  Advisor(s)  First Job After Graduation 

Jeffrey Jauregui  Hugh Bray  Postdoc, University of Pennsylvania 
Arya Roy  Paul Aspinwall  Instructor of Physics, Duke University 
Rachel Thomas  Jonathan Mattingly, Mike Reed  Mathematical Analyst, UBER 
Andrea Watkins  Jonathan Mattingly  National Security Agency 
Jason Wilson  Tom Beale  Virginia Tech Mathematics 
2008  2009
PhD Student  Advisor(s)  First Job After Graduation 

Rann BarOn  John Harer  Instructor, Duke University 
Shu Dai  David Schaeffer  Mathematical Bioscience Institute, Ohio State University 
Mihaela Froelich  Tom Witelski  Homemaker, Heidelberg 
Jenny WaiJing Law  Mark Huber  National Security Agency 
Janice McCarthy  Mark Stern  Instructor, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics 
Abraham Smith  Robert Bryant  Postdoc, McGill University 
2007  2008
PhD Student  Advisor(s)  First Job After Graduation 

Sergei Belov  Stephanos Venakides  Rice University 
Paul Bendich  John Harer  Institute of Science and Technology, Austria 
Benjamin CookeIsard  Scott Schmidler  Academic Resource Center, Duke University 
Michael Gratton  Thomas Witelski  Postdoc, Northwestern University 
Anthony Narkawicz  Richard Hain  NASA Langley 
Michael Nicholas  Tom Beale  Tulane University 
Nicholas Robbins  Hugh Bray  St. Mary's College of Maryland 
Joseph Spivey  Richard Hain  Wofford University 
Matthew Surles  Thomas Beale  Wellpoint Inc., Richmond, VA 
Feng Xu  Robert Bryant  Australian National University 
2006  2007
PhD Student  Advisor(s)  First Job After Graduation 

Ryan Haskett  Thomas Witelski  Highbridge Capital 
William Lefew  Stephanos Venakides  Environmental Protection Agency 
Timothy Lucas  William Allard  Pepperdine University 
Jeffrey Streets  Mark Stern  Princeton University 