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recruiting firms in NC Research Triangle or Richmond, VA

Post by leeks » Thu May 16, 2019 6:48 pm

Anyone know recruiting firms/headhunters that cover NC research triangle cities and/or Richmond, VA and would recruit for high-level tech/research jobs (suitable for phd-level computer scientist).

I have tried an internet search with many results but I can't tell who actually works with a fair number of positions in those cities. Or maybe headhunters don't really operate there in same manner as NYC and Silicon Valley? Obviously there are far fewer of these kinds of jobs in NC/VA but there must be some.

Why? I want to move back to the South near our families within the next year or so but my husband is convinced there are no challenging jobs for him there (not so much about lower pay than his current position but more like lower status and feeling like they would be same kinds of jobs he could have gotten before he got his PhD). He gets calls constantly from recruiters with NYC and CA jobs. I would love to get him some calls about NC or VA positions.

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Re: recruiting firms in NC Research Triangle or Richmond, VA

Post by Skiandswim » Fri May 17, 2019 1:08 am

RTP / Durham has a very active computer science environment with Phd level demand. Fundamental research at Duke, UNC and NCSU provides talent and attraction for commercial businesses. Duke has top AI /Machine Learning research that has resulted in spinoffs, one example is Infinia that has grow rapidly in a year (https://infiniaml.com/about-us/). ShareFile was a RTP startup and was purchased by Citrix (https://www.sharefile.com) and remains in region with large team.

For someone with Phd experience, I would suggest networking with the region universities. The professors have numerous contacts in area and are connected with many of the leading firms.

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Re: recruiting firms in NC Research Triangle or Richmond, VA

Post by Tamarind » Fri May 17, 2019 6:04 am

RTP is not the Bay Area, but there is a lot of demand for tech & research, and you cannot beat the quality of life here for the cost of living, IMO.

Most of the recruiters who operate here that I have talked to are national or regional firms, though some have local offices, but there are also "boutique" shops that hyper-specialize. For example, the last three recruiters who reached out to me on LinkedIn with relevant openings were from Capax, Steven Douglas, and Third Republic. But there's also a recruiting firm that only works on my narrow speciality. I'm in IT rather than the research side of tech and it's personally identifiable so I won't name them here, but you get the idea.

So being more specific about your husband's speciality might surface the name of a specialist recruiting firm. But I think the most productive thing for him to do would be to call up a national firm with a good reputation that's been offering him CA jobs, and ask them what they have in RTP. If they say nothing, try another.

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Re: recruiting firms in NC Research Triangle or Richmond, VA

Post by Jack FFR1846 » Fri May 17, 2019 6:15 am

East of Richmond, look at military suppliers such as the ship/sub builders. Depending on his specialty, he may find exactly what he's looking for.
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Re: recruiting firms in NC Research Triangle or Richmond, VA

Post by leeks » Fri May 17, 2019 12:04 pm

Tamarind wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 6:04 am
RTP is not the Bay Area, but there is a lot of demand for tech & research, and you cannot beat the quality of life here for the cost of living, IMO.

Most of the recruiters who operate here that I have talked to are national or regional firms, though some have local offices, but there are also "boutique" shops that hyper-specialize. For example, the last three recruiters who reached out to me on LinkedIn with relevant openings were from Capax, Steven Douglas, and Third Republic. But there's also a recruiting firm that only works on my narrow speciality. I'm in IT rather than the research side of tech and it's personally identifiable so I won't name them here, but you get the idea.

So being more specific about your husband's speciality might surface the name of a specialist recruiting firm. But I think the most productive thing for him to do would be to call up a national firm with a good reputation that's been offering him CA jobs, and ask them what they have in RTP. If they say nothing, try another.
Thank you so much for your response Tamarind. His specialty is compilers and he has experience with a specialized supercomputer.

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