I have a postdoc contract in particle physics. Specifically, I work in an experiment that studies the nature of the neutrino, one of the most elusive particles in the Universe. But, how did I end up here? Let’s start from the beginning. Continue reading Making a switch: From theory to experiment
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?
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
After getting my undergraduate physics degree I was quite convinced that I’d like to do something different, and I considered a lot of possible jobs, I talked to several physicists that went into other fields and I investigated through internet the job possibilities that the physics degree offered me. And finally, somehow by chance I ended up doing financial consulting. Continue reading Financial Consultant
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?
I work as a postdoc (scientific research) in Complex Systems, specifically in Socio-physics. We basically build models that try to describe (and eventually, to predict) different social behaviors, like the spread of rumors, a fashion/innovation/opinion adoption, the competition between languages, community patters, etc. Continue reading From Higgs hunting to Sociophysics
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
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
Yes, yes, you read it well. I’m a nanodoctor. But we can’t forget I studied physics. Last year, attending an international workshop on Nanomedicine in Malaga (Spain), I had the chance to flip through a lot of resumes of people working in nanomedicine and I realized then that a lot of them were physicists. Continue reading Nanodoctor
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