“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”
Can a PhD in Theoretical Physics find a postdoc in Neuroscience? Well… it’s actually an “ideal candidate“! Continue reading LINK: From theoretical physics to neuroscience?
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
Are you thinking in going to grad school but undecided about doing theory or experiment? In the blog “Physics and Physicists” there is a post that you might find useful.
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?
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