I have always thought that physicists, and scientists in general, should make a stronger effort to make evident their importance in economic terms. Even if we are talking about basic science, there is always a long-term benefit that can be estimated in numbers. It’s very useful to show such unambiguous numbers to the rest of society, to remember them once again the importance of science. Continue reading The Importance of Physics to the Irish Economy
Something I have always found disturbing is the fact that no one seems to know what happened with that previous colleague that left the academic path to look for a job in the private sector. OK, this is probably much more true in High Energy Physics than in other areas, but that’s my field… Continue reading Keep track of your students!
The fact is that as an astronomer/cosmologist/astrophysicist your main skills are nowadays not so special. You are by comparison with other professionals, let’s say, an “average computer geek“. So again, where in this competitive world can a Astrophysicist find its place? Continue reading What the fuck do I do now with a PhD In Astrophysics?
We would like to let you know that an interesting event called “I mestieri del fisico” (Jobs for physicists) will be held at the University of Bologna (Italy) on May 18th 2012. During the event, devoted to physics students, several alumni of the physics department will present their jobs and explain how studying physics helped them in getting the job. You can find the complete program at this page (in Italian). Continue reading EVENT: Jobs for physicists
The Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) is the largest science event in Europe. It is organized biannually and this year will be held in Dublin form July 11 to July 15 (ESOF2012). This event aims to be an interdisciplinary event for different public, with a very broad program that includes a great scientific program, a social program, meetings academia-industry and a career program. Continue reading Euroscience Open Forum 2012
One of our readers sent us a couple of links to articles where becoming a scientist (or even going to grad school) is strongly advised against. The articles are quite brutal and straight to the point, and they can be depressing or shocking for some readers… Continue reading LINK: Don’t become a scientist!
we have prepared a survey about the possible sectors of employment for a physicist. So, if you are a physicist, enter here and participate! It won’t take you more than 2 minutes!
UPDATE (12/04/2012): here you have a quick analysis of the first 143 answers… Continue reading SURVEY: What does a physicist do?
currently I’m playing the crazy theoretical physicist in Valencia, Spain, where I got a PhD fellowship. It took four months from my graduation until I got the PhD fellowship and I waited two more months to take possession of my PhD desk. During these six months I went through some job interviews and I considered different kind of jobs, experiences that, aside from the outcome, I recommend to everybody as “formative”, not to say ridiculous, experiences. Continue reading Italian physicist job-hunting