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Why Choose ZS

Your perspectives, expertise, and passion for continuous learning will allow you to find a fulfilling career at ZS. You’ll join a collaborative and supportive network of innovators to deliver extraordinary results for our clients, and together, we will define the future of healthcare and beyond.

PhD Development & Support

We have several initiatives to meet the needs of our PhD candidates and ZSers:

  • Interview buddy – when you’re invited to interview, an experienced PhD ZSer will reach out to support your candidacy; they will guide you through the interview process and help you practice the case interview.
  • Onboarding support – once hired, a dedicated PhD ZSer will support you through the onboarding process during your first year at ZS.
  • Advanced degree community – join this community and cover a wide range of topics relevant to ZSers with advanced degrees; it’s also a great way to meet people and network!
  • New joiner buddy – as a new ZSer, you will be paired with an experienced PhD ZSer of the same level who will be your go-to resource for any question, big or small.
  • Learning & mentorship program – during your first year at ZS, you will be assigned a mentor with whom you will meet 1:1 and in a cohort setting to give you the confident and skillsets needed to be successful.
  • Evolve program: Over time, you are supported and encouraged to explore different areas of ZS that interest you to ensure your career is always challenging and fulfilling.

PhDs bring unique and valuable perspectives to various client projects at ZS through three main roles:


Strategy Insight & Planing

Common PhD fields: Biological sciences, Psychology

  • Create and deliver solutions four our clients and project teams
  • Leverage analytic, synthesis, and communication skills to derive and solve business problems

Decision Analytics

Common PhD fields: Chemistry, Psychology, Engineering

  • Design and execute analyses to address business problems for our clients and project teams
  • Leverage analytic skills to find data-driven insights that help our clients solve business problems

Data Science

Common PhD fields: Computer Science, Data Science

  • Design, develop and execute high-impact analytics solutions for large, complex, structured and unstructured data sets (including big data) to help clients make better fact-based decisions

Wondering where you fit in? We have a variety of practice areas that you can contribute to:

  • Patient & consumer health
  • Creative & design
  • Customer insights
  • Integrated analytics
  • Digital & technology
  • Healthcare ecosystem
  • Research & development excellence
  • Pipeline & launch strategy
  • Value & access
  • Growth & customer centric marketing
  • Commercial model design & operations

Join ZS

We welcome recent grads and post-docs to apply. All applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Below is the recommended timeline for upcoming grads and here are tips for interviewing at ZS.

PhD Application Timeline

Begin making list of schools Take GRE
Approach letter writers Complete drafts of your statements Assemble CV
Finalize list of schools NSF GRFP application
Get feedback on your application Submit applications (deadlines vary) Hear back about interviews Interview season-enjoy yourself! April 15th: national PhD decision day
Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr

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