Several companies (google, IBM etc.) are known to hire mathematicians with advanced degrees (Ph.D. and so) to work in different sectors. Many such jobs are also research jobs, if not all. But I almost never find any such job advertisements in the standard mathjob sites I know of, including mathjobs.org, euro-math-soc.eu/jobs, nordic math jobs etc. Where can I find these type of job advertisements?

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about jobs outside academia. It also has too many possible answers, so is too broad.
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    Commented May 28, 2014 at 1:04
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    Is this in reference to research jobs in industry for mathematicians? If so, it may be on-topic, as this is a site for anyone in or interested in research-related or research-adjacent fields.
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    Commented May 28, 2014 at 1:26
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    I can't think of a better SE than here; Math.SE would surely vote to close this. Commented May 28, 2014 at 2:33
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    Related-but-no-duplicate: academia.stackexchange.com/questions/18300/… I agree with @BenWebster's comment there, on why not to close such a question: What else you might do with a graduate degree is obviously of interest to academics. Commented May 28, 2014 at 6:55
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    Perhaps the OP has in mind an outfit like Microsoft Research, which hires real research mathematicians to do real mathematics research. I think this question is on topic and likely answerable. Commented May 28, 2014 at 13:06

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Industrial jobs are announced on different basis than academic ones. Typically, there is no a position to be filled. Rather (larger companies) are hiring on semi-continuous basis, and assign people to groups internally.

Sometimes there are more research-oriented openings, for example Facebook: Data Scientist, Product Science. Just bear in mind it is mostly very applied science, and in fields like Machine Learning, Statistics, maybe some Graph Theory or Cryptography.

So look at big companies (smaller companies may not have such specialized positions or money to invest in long-term development) in technology (Google, Microsoft, Facebook, ...) and their openings. When it comes to direct positions, usually you can choose only after interviews (you rarely see research positions being on the front page).

If it is nice research, or building webpages in a disguise, the only way is to ask people working at the company. Or look at CVs of your colleagues in your field who did internships in these companies (especially ones that you know are pure mathematicians or computer scientists).

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