Sep 22 2012

Job Opportunities

A career opportunity has presented itself that would allow me to leverage many of my skills and talents developed and nurtured over the years as a scientist to do something that sounds really fun and awesome. But it would likely be extremely difficult–yet perhaps not impossible–to pursue this opportunity without permanently leaving–or at least taking a leave of absence–from my tenured faculty position.

I have been a PI in academic science for a pretty long time. I know what I’m doing, I’m good at it, and there aren’t really any surprises in store (other than the scientific ones, of course). This potential position would a complete departure into uncharted territory. I am both anxious and excited about the possibility.


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  1. 1

    Congratulations for the opportunity. Pretty sure your decision will lead you to succeed, as it appears to be the norm in your career.

  2. 2

    how exciting!

  3. 3

    There’s only one way to stay young, and that’s to not grow old in what you do.

  4. 4

    Yes, congratulations on the opportunity! If you could take a leave of absence, that could be the best of both worlds until you decide.

  5. 5
    Dr Becca

    Wow! Super exciting, PP! Do you maybe have a senior post-doc who can take over as PI for a while?

  6. 6

    I’ve known folks who leave academia for a while and then come back, which I’m sure you’d be able to do if the other thing was a disaster. I hope the new venture involves building a large, underground, secret laboratory to breed colonies of highly intelligent, genetically modified ants that can take over the world.

  7. 7

    Change is good, stasis turns one into an intellectual and emotional raisin.

  8. 8

    Sounds exciting, and a big decision. I had a similar opportunity a few years back, and didn’t take it. But the process of considering it helped refocus my priorities in my current job, and I do hope to be able to return to similar possibilities at some point in the future. Looking forward to hearing updates.

  9. 9

    If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.

    –William Blake

  10. 10
    Lady Day

    Go for it, dude!

  11. 11

    Today I tried a new type of job to see if I liked it and I definitely go for science. I am physically exhausted and ready to go sleep.

  12. 12

    I can’t believe you are blogging about this shit dude….but best of luck. Don’t forget the little people!

  13. 13

    Can you (professionally and financially afford to) take a year-long sabbatical to go for it? If it’s that cool, seems like you should explore the opportunity!

    Hoping for the best!

  14. 14

    As I woke up few minutes ago and open my computer I found something on my desktop that made me thrill for 5 seconds. Should I interpret it as a real job opportunity? Or just regular spam?

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