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Marni D. Sheppeard

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Perpetual Summer

With the changing seasons will come a return to the south. I may have lined up a waitressing job for the busy southern summer. Meanwhile, check out this new academic jobs site: provide the usual data, and apply for hundreds of jobs at once!


Blogger Kea said...

AF doesn't have the problem with trolls and idiots that well known feminist science blogs have, but I just love this handy link! LOL.

September 11, 2009 1:03 AM  
Anonymous chimpanzee said...

Surely you must have friends (Industry & Academia), that can help you get a position. Networking is a well known tactic, in getting a job.

That academic jobs site, come on. An employer gets sent hundreds (or more) applicants, the chance of getting hired is like winning the lottery: near-zero.

My former high school classmate (PhD in Computer Science & Business) is now CEO of Sovello, German company that mfgs solar cells. He is from Switzerland, likes the mountains (skiing & mountain biking), & is into Classical Music. This matches nicely with your mountaineering/skiing, Opera interest. You said you were "working on applications" a while back. So, if you can figure out how Category Theory can be applied to PV (photovoltaic) silicon fabrication, he just may pick you up. Your last gig @Oxford (Computing Lab) makes it all the more relevant. Alternative Energy is HOT, especially in Germany (all sorts of financial incentives to get into PV). The oncoming EV (electric vehicle) revolution is demanding an electrical grid infrastructure. No doubt, PV will be a part of it. I.e., there's money in this which will be pumped into R&D

"If you build a better mouse-trap, PEOPLE WILL BEAT A PATH TO YOUR DOOR"

If you can make Category Theory work for PV (or Alternative Energy in general), this might open up bigger possibilities in the future. Fulfill your dream of building a Category Theory Inst, say on a premium NZ location (top of a hill, with commanding view of mountains & lake).

September 11, 2009 11:54 PM  
Blogger Kea said...

Chimpanzee, please try harder to understand that I DON'T WANT to work on someone else's projects. I want to work on MY projects.

September 12, 2009 12:08 AM  
Anonymous kneemo said...

Here's a two-year postdoc position you might be interested in:

Postdoctoral Position in Category Theory

Deadline is September 30, 2009

September 12, 2009 3:52 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

kneemo, that's a maths postdoc.

September 12, 2009 3:57 AM  
Blogger nige said...

"Candidates in category
theory with an interest and ability to work in higher dimensional category
theory and homotopy theory (and localization of categories) or in
applications of category theory to geometry will be given preference."

Do they mean "higher dimensions" as in physical spaces of string theory, or can the "dimensions" just be totally abstract? I.e., are recruiting category theorists to try to categorize the stringy landscape?

September 12, 2009 9:17 AM  
Blogger Javier said...

Betwen working in a postdoc position and working as a waitres there are many places betwen.

I gues that you could try to work teaching physics/maths in some universitary academy. You can win the same money working a few hours there that in a full time work as wiatress (possibly you could win lot more money working a lot less hours). And it will leave you a very reasonable amount of time to study whatever you want.

Well, if you are really considering a work as waitres and you are not simply joking lubos in some way, of course ;-).

September 16, 2009 4:30 PM  
Blogger Kea said...

Javier, I assure you that I do not consider my life a joke ... although there are many people who clearly do. I have two choices: (1) look for a low paid job, or (2) starve to death.

September 16, 2009 7:53 PM  

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