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PhD and Postdoc Careers at BCG

Whatever your background is, if you are looking for growth and challenge in a career beyond what academia can offer, you'll be able to make a different kind of impact.

PhDs and postdocs at BCG find the project team environment exciting because they often come from independent research, where they tend to work in isolation—and where results sometimes take years to achieve.

Whether your background is in life science, physical science, or a humanities field, we will give you the opportunity to apply your expertise and have an immediate impact on our clients in a particular field, such as health care—or you can choose to work in industries that you may have never been exposed to, such as financial services, consumer goods, insurance, or energy. It's this breadth of work and a true curiosity about business problems that often draws PhDs and postdocs to BCG.

I came to BCG with a desire to apply my scientific approach to a broader range of problems and with a more immediate sense of impact. BCG has delivered on these dimensions and more.

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After completing my PhD, I sought a career where I could be at the intersection of science, health care, and business. I also was eager to find a fast-paced environment where I would be surrounded by smart, talented individuals who would push me to think in new ways, learn new skills, and develop personally and professionally. BCG offered it all.


I knew that I had a passion for health care research and its impact on society. What I didn’t know was how much I would enjoy working on problems in so many areas outside of health care.


I have always been curious about how the world works; it's the reason I studied physics. As I finished my thesis, I realized that at BCG I would be able to continue pursuing my quest for knowledge – and bring measurable change to our clients. In one case, CNN even made a video about our work!


There are many formal programs that will help you quickly adapt to the career transition and contribute to project teams almost immediately. Beyond extensive entry-level training, we provide a mini-MBA course called the Business Essentials Program to help you gain a quick understanding of key business terms and concepts.

The mentorship and culture of the BCG team environment allows you to build a strong connection with BCGers of similar and diverse backgrounds who can serve as valuable resources. You will always have someone to talk with about your project, the BCG culture and work dynamic, and your experience at BCG.

At BCG, there is no single path to success. If you are interested in leveraging your skills and growing personally and professionally in a global, fast-paced, team-oriented environment, BCG is the right place for you.

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