“My life as a quant” is an amazing book, where Emanuel Derman tells how he went from Particle Physics research to Wall Street. I’m not going to write a real review of the book, because there are some excellent reviews already available on the Internet (Quantitative Finance, Wilmott, Slashdot, Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, …), but instead I will just say a few random comments and put a few quotes of the book. Continue reading Book review: “My life as a quant”
I taught for a semester in a private University in Spain (Universidad Católica de Valencia). The subject was ‘Knowledge of the Physical, Natural, Social and Cultural Environment’ for future School Teachers. Obviously, I was only teaching the first half. I have taught before in a public University (Universitat de València Estudi General): two subjects in two years. Continue reading Reflexions about my teaching experience in Spain
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!
In the GOLEM blog we can find the answer to that question, for a professor working at a public university in Spain (“Profesor Titular”) in the year 2011. The post is written in Spanish, but you can maybe follow the numbers. Continue reading LINK: What’s the salary for a university professor in Spain?
As many others, I guess, after the undergrad I found myself immersed in the everlasting dilemma between the private companies and the public research, fields that move somehow in parallel in Spain. In that moment, through a professor and friend, I received an offer for a research contract at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Continue reading Public research in Spain
I am a postdoctoral researcher in an American university working in Particle Physics Theory. When I started my PhD in Spain I had no f*** idea what was this job about or which are the usual stages in a researcher career, so I’ll try to explain it now that I know. I hope it will be useful for others. Continue reading Particle physicist
Did you know the Spanish politician Javier Solana studied Physics and he was actually was a Professor on solid-state physics at Complutense University (Madrid)? He has published more than 30 articles. Continue reading Did you know that Javier Solana studied Physics?
Did you know that Stephen Wolfram, the creator of Mathematica, studied Physics and that he actually was a well-known particle physicist? Amazingly enough, he published his first paper when he was sixteen and got his PhD at Caltech when he was 20 years old. Continue reading Did you know that Stephen Wolfram studied Physics?
This work, as in any university, involves teaching and research. In my case there are few physicist coworkers, due to the degree courses that this university offers. Precisely because of this, although people graduated in this university are usually preferred as professors, in the case of physicists the easier way is to get the PhD in a university where the undergrad in Physics is offered. Continue reading Professor in private university