Thursday, August 16, 2007

Either way

Well, I thought the interview went well. But I've also thought other interviews went well, so I think we've learned that I'm fairly useless at judging them. They were well impressed with my PhD supervisor, and so was impressed that I'd done my work with him. (He is very well known and respected in his field. It's a small field, mind. I'm lucky that the Chief Scientific Officer at this company also happens to do some work in this small field.)

Honestly, though, I have all the technical and scientific skills they're asking for. I don't have any programming and technical software design skills, which, although not a requirement for the job, is something they'd like. They would be lucky indeed to find all that in one person, though. I know of only one such person: The Limey. During general conversation at lunch, they asked what my husband did, so I told them. And they said, Huh, you know, we're looking for more than one person...They told me to encourage him to apply if he felt like it, but then the conversation went around to having a husband and wife working at the same small place, and how that may or may not be a good idea.

At any rate, there has been another development. During my PhD, I did a one-term exchange and went to work with a professor in Manchester. He has since moved to London. I guess he was impressed enough with me during the short time I was there, because he'd heard that I've been looking for a job, and has offered me a post-doc in his lab. Now, although a post-doc isn't my first choice during this job hunt, I have begun to look at them. This one would be good because it's at a well-known and well-respected university (always useful to keep in mind for future job hunts), and I already know, like, and know I can work with the people in the group.

The Southampton job is a better career step for me, and if I'm offered it, I'll definitely take it. If not, however, The Limey and I decided it would be best that I take the London post-doc.

So. Either way, we'll be moving to England in the next month to month and a half.

5 comments:

Laura said...

Well, congratulations, but - nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Ger said...

That's great news on the one side, but we will miss you at knit meetings. And I don't think I'll make this Saturday's one. Good luck in your new ventures though.

diane said...

congratulations...however, we'll miss you here in Dublin

Teaandcakes said...

I'm echoing the others - congratulations on getting things sorted! But...

jacqueline said...

altho I'd love to have you closer so you could "pop by" on occasion... England works just fine for me too.

Good job.