home again

Jul. 29th, 2010 01:21 am
kareina: (me)
On my way home today I had a very minor
adventure, and now I'm back in Milan. I am pleased to report that it isn't anywhere near as hot here as when I left. When I left the temps were in the high 30's C during the day, cooling down to 30 C by midnight. Today's flight landed around sunset, and when the bus got me to the city we passed a sign saying that it was only 25 C. As a result my walk home from the station was reasonably comfortable. Which is a good thing, since I started my morning with another climb up the cute little volcanic peak, "Arthur's Seat" (just under 1.5 hour loop), which felt good at the time, but following it with a day of travel (read sit and wait) my legs were starting to stiffen up and hurt by the time my flight landed. However, after the 30 minute walk home from the station my legs didn't hurt anymore.

I really enjoyed my week in Scotland, but didn't accomplish as much work as I would have liked. I have made good progress on one major job application and set it off for comment. Now that my sister has seen it I've a huge list of revisions I need to accomplish (some of which I did while waiting at the airport). I have one week at home, and then I fly to Ireland to visit a friend.

home again

Jul. 29th, 2010 01:21 am
kareina: (me)
On my way home today I had a very minor
adventure, and now I'm back in Milan. I am pleased to report that it isn't anywhere near as hot here as when I left. When I left the temps were in the high 30's C during the day, cooling down to 30 C by midnight. Today's flight landed around sunset, and when the bus got me to the city we passed a sign saying that it was only 25 C. As a result my walk home from the station was reasonably comfortable. Which is a good thing, since I started my morning with another climb up the cute little volcanic peak, "Arthur's Seat" (just under 1.5 hour loop), which felt good at the time, but following it with a day of travel (read sit and wait) my legs were starting to stiffen up and hurt by the time my flight landed. However, after the 30 minute walk home from the station my legs didn't hurt anymore.

I really enjoyed my week in Scotland, but didn't accomplish as much work as I would have liked. I have made good progress on one major job application and set it off for comment. Now that my sister has seen it I've a huge list of revisions I need to accomplish (some of which I did while waiting at the airport). I have one week at home, and then I fly to Ireland to visit a friend.

job hunt

Jul. 20th, 2010 01:10 am
kareina: (Default)
I spent most of today filling in an application form for a job--this is one which wants a *complete* work history, including any periods of unemployment. It took an amazingly long time to compile that data, but, now that it has been done, I can use it elsewhere if I ever need to do this again. Needless to say, by the time that was done I didn't have the energy to fill in the "statement of support" which needs to address *all* of their selection criteria. Good thing they deadline isn't till 10 Sept for that one.

After doing that I decided to start a spreadsheet listing all of the jobs I've considered in this current job search, what and where they are, what they pay (if mentioned in the ad), when their applications are due, and when I submitted an application, etc. The total so far:

10 positions considered, of which:
5 I have completed and submitted an application
2 I chose not to apply
1 application in progress
1 letter of inquiry awaiting reply before I can start an application (as that one is an open post-doc position for which one needs to develop a research plan in conjunction with someone who is there)
1 I haven't decided if I'm going to apply, but the deadline isn't till 14 November, so there is time yet

In addition to the above is the plan to develop a funding proposal to do research in Norway, but the guy with whom I will be doing that is in the field at the moment. I've also set up RSS feeds to the main geology jobs web pages, in addition to watching the various geology e-mail lists, so I should see if any thing else interesting comes up. (Three of the above were advertized this weekend!)

This all counts as "uni work" in terms of my log of how I'm spending my time, but it doesn't count as any progress to report in terms of my current research.

In other news, I finally got a large suitcase packed with some of [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t's stuff, so that is ready for my flight to Scotland to see him on Wednesday. All that is left in the apartment of his is about 6 to 9 boxes of books (only 4 boxes packed so far--the rest await boxes) and some coats and heavy shirts handing in the closet.

job hunt

Jul. 20th, 2010 01:10 am
kareina: (Default)
I spent most of today filling in an application form for a job--this is one which wants a *complete* work history, including any periods of unemployment. It took an amazingly long time to compile that data, but, now that it has been done, I can use it elsewhere if I ever need to do this again. Needless to say, by the time that was done I didn't have the energy to fill in the "statement of support" which needs to address *all* of their selection criteria. Good thing they deadline isn't till 10 Sept for that one.

After doing that I decided to start a spreadsheet listing all of the jobs I've considered in this current job search, what and where they are, what they pay (if mentioned in the ad), when their applications are due, and when I submitted an application, etc. The total so far:

10 positions considered, of which:
5 I have completed and submitted an application
2 I chose not to apply
1 application in progress
1 letter of inquiry awaiting reply before I can start an application (as that one is an open post-doc position for which one needs to develop a research plan in conjunction with someone who is there)
1 I haven't decided if I'm going to apply, but the deadline isn't till 14 November, so there is time yet

In addition to the above is the plan to develop a funding proposal to do research in Norway, but the guy with whom I will be doing that is in the field at the moment. I've also set up RSS feeds to the main geology jobs web pages, in addition to watching the various geology e-mail lists, so I should see if any thing else interesting comes up. (Three of the above were advertized this weekend!)

This all counts as "uni work" in terms of my log of how I'm spending my time, but it doesn't count as any progress to report in terms of my current research.

In other news, I finally got a large suitcase packed with some of [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t's stuff, so that is ready for my flight to Scotland to see him on Wednesday. All that is left in the apartment of his is about 6 to 9 boxes of books (only 4 boxes packed so far--the rest await boxes) and some coats and heavy shirts handing in the closet.
kareina: (me)
Today's "uni work" consisted of some progress on my talk for an upcoming conference, organizing my receipts and working out the total amount of reimbursable spending I did for the Norway trip (and turning it all in so that I can get the cash back), and sending out letters of inquiry for three jobs I saw advertised. One of these jobs is at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where I did my Master's degree, and the contact person for the position is my advisor. I wonder if that means I can't ask him for a recommendation if I wind up submitting an application? I've already received replies from the other two, both of which encouraged me to apply. Alas, neither of them are in Norway. One is in Arizona, and the other in Massachusetts. I did also try to pick up my data from yesterday's microprobe session so that I can process it, but our probe operator was busy and said to come back tomorrow. Wish I'd have figured out how to create the sort of report he normally gives me. The first three I tried are not quite what I'm used to getting, though one of them does seem to have the correct information, just arranged differently.

In other news after heading home last night I started carving another two needles for nålbinding to add to the four I've already completed for [livejournal.com profile] zoezebra to give away when she's Queen. I like such tiny projects--they get done. Unlike some of the needlework I've had in progress for ages.
kareina: (me)
Today's "uni work" consisted of some progress on my talk for an upcoming conference, organizing my receipts and working out the total amount of reimbursable spending I did for the Norway trip (and turning it all in so that I can get the cash back), and sending out letters of inquiry for three jobs I saw advertised. One of these jobs is at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where I did my Master's degree, and the contact person for the position is my advisor. I wonder if that means I can't ask him for a recommendation if I wind up submitting an application? I've already received replies from the other two, both of which encouraged me to apply. Alas, neither of them are in Norway. One is in Arizona, and the other in Massachusetts. I did also try to pick up my data from yesterday's microprobe session so that I can process it, but our probe operator was busy and said to come back tomorrow. Wish I'd have figured out how to create the sort of report he normally gives me. The first three I tried are not quite what I'm used to getting, though one of them does seem to have the correct information, just arranged differently.

In other news after heading home last night I started carving another two needles for nålbinding to add to the four I've already completed for [livejournal.com profile] zoezebra to give away when she's Queen. I like such tiny projects--they get done. Unlike some of the needlework I've had in progress for ages.
kareina: (me)
Today's accomplishments include:

* getting Mathmaticia to do the mass-balance calculations for some of my samples. This requires that all data files be absolutely perfect and laid out precisely as the program thinks they ought to be. It also requires that one correctly list each and every mineral present in a particular experiment, and that one recalls that "group 10" refers to the list in *this* file, not the one in *that* file...

* writing up a post for my other blog explaining what "mass-balance calculations" are, why you would want to do one, and relating it all to baking cookies.

* received a lead on a possible job in Norway for when this contract ends in December & e-mailed the contact person to request an English version of the ad--pointing out that I understand enough Norwegian to be able to tell that the position is of interest, but not enough to be able to tell if my skills are a good match to what they are seeking.

* heard back from the university in Stockholm encouraging me to apply for the lecturer position in neotectonics, and assuring me that I wouldn't be expected to speak Swedish on arrival, but would be encouraged to learn it once there if hired.

* succeeded in using the lathe to create an MgO plug with a hole in just large enough for the thermocouple (this is the task I attempted this weekend and spent an hour discovering various ways to break the MgO).

* did the initial polish on my fifth experiment. In the morning I'll add additional epoxy so that I can finish the polishing before I depart for Zurich on Sunday. This is important as I'm scheduled to use the microprobe the Monday after I return, so the samples need to be ready to analyze then.

* got in an hour walk--went to the huge supermarket on the far side of the train tracks from here to pick up some of that yummy edam cheese which costs nearly twice as much at the closer stores.

* finished re-reading The Master Harper of Pern (which was a logical follow-up to Dragon Song and Dragonsinger, the last couple of books I've re-read). Somehow I'm now tempted to pick up Dragonflight again...

Yesterday was the local SCA meeting--a nice time visiting and I managed to finally finish the embroidery on the tunic I made for [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t out of the lovely green herringbone wool I purchased in San Fransisco last December. Now I just need to get out the camera at some point...
kareina: (me)
Today's accomplishments include:

* getting Mathmaticia to do the mass-balance calculations for some of my samples. This requires that all data files be absolutely perfect and laid out precisely as the program thinks they ought to be. It also requires that one correctly list each and every mineral present in a particular experiment, and that one recalls that "group 10" refers to the list in *this* file, not the one in *that* file...

* writing up a post for my other blog explaining what "mass-balance calculations" are, why you would want to do one, and relating it all to baking cookies.

* received a lead on a possible job in Norway for when this contract ends in December & e-mailed the contact person to request an English version of the ad--pointing out that I understand enough Norwegian to be able to tell that the position is of interest, but not enough to be able to tell if my skills are a good match to what they are seeking.

* heard back from the university in Stockholm encouraging me to apply for the lecturer position in neotectonics, and assuring me that I wouldn't be expected to speak Swedish on arrival, but would be encouraged to learn it once there if hired.

* succeeded in using the lathe to create an MgO plug with a hole in just large enough for the thermocouple (this is the task I attempted this weekend and spent an hour discovering various ways to break the MgO).

* did the initial polish on my fifth experiment. In the morning I'll add additional epoxy so that I can finish the polishing before I depart for Zurich on Sunday. This is important as I'm scheduled to use the microprobe the Monday after I return, so the samples need to be ready to analyze then.

* got in an hour walk--went to the huge supermarket on the far side of the train tracks from here to pick up some of that yummy edam cheese which costs nearly twice as much at the closer stores.

* finished re-reading The Master Harper of Pern (which was a logical follow-up to Dragon Song and Dragonsinger, the last couple of books I've re-read). Somehow I'm now tempted to pick up Dragonflight again...

Yesterday was the local SCA meeting--a nice time visiting and I managed to finally finish the embroidery on the tunic I made for [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t out of the lovely green herringbone wool I purchased in San Fransisco last December. Now I just need to get out the camera at some point...
kareina: (me)
Just over two hours ago I posted here that I was going to go read 1000 words of geologic literature. This hasn't happened, nor has progress on my thesis. Why? Because after posting here I looked in my e-mail and saw a note from the University of Milano asking me to document the fact that I did no research between the completion of my Master's Degree, and the start of my PhD project. This is because this particular post is aimed at people who are early in their career, which, if you count time spent doing research, I am. However, the better part of decade slipped by between degrees whilst I was busy doing other things, so now he and I need to prove to the administrators that I didn't do research during that period, and so am still early in my career. I don't happen to have any records from the first year and a half after completing my Master's because that paperwork is all in storage in a friend's basement in Alaska. However, I did just scan and e-mail the certificate for my Massage Therapy course, my business licences, permits, and police clearance needed to run a Massage Therapy business in Mountainview California, proof of insurance and membership in the International Massage Association, along with the comment that, as a small business owner, there was clearly no time for research during that period. I also found a wonderful letter of recommendation from my Park Ranger from when I was a volunteer at the park in Hatcher Pass the summer of 1999. Hopefully, all of that data will be sufficent, for if it isn't I will need to get letters from employers or other witnesses stating that I wasn't doing science or research during that period. Wish me luck!

Sometimes, it is amazing just how long it can take to get stuff out of a file folder, scan it, type up a letter, and send it off...
kareina: (me)
Just over two hours ago I posted here that I was going to go read 1000 words of geologic literature. This hasn't happened, nor has progress on my thesis. Why? Because after posting here I looked in my e-mail and saw a note from the University of Milano asking me to document the fact that I did no research between the completion of my Master's Degree, and the start of my PhD project. This is because this particular post is aimed at people who are early in their career, which, if you count time spent doing research, I am. However, the better part of decade slipped by between degrees whilst I was busy doing other things, so now he and I need to prove to the administrators that I didn't do research during that period, and so am still early in my career. I don't happen to have any records from the first year and a half after completing my Master's because that paperwork is all in storage in a friend's basement in Alaska. However, I did just scan and e-mail the certificate for my Massage Therapy course, my business licences, permits, and police clearance needed to run a Massage Therapy business in Mountainview California, proof of insurance and membership in the International Massage Association, along with the comment that, as a small business owner, there was clearly no time for research during that period. I also found a wonderful letter of recommendation from my Park Ranger from when I was a volunteer at the park in Hatcher Pass the summer of 1999. Hopefully, all of that data will be sufficent, for if it isn't I will need to get letters from employers or other witnesses stating that I wasn't doing science or research during that period. Wish me luck!

Sometimes, it is amazing just how long it can take to get stuff out of a file folder, scan it, type up a letter, and send it off...
kareina: (BSE garnet)
The first part of the month was dreadful for my uni-work log--I worked way fewer hours a day than is typical for me as I dealt with other things. Then, personal stuff sorted, I started working more typical hours, but the average stayed lower than average, as one would expect from the slow start (the best way to keep averages high is start the record-keeping period with an extra push, and then just hang on). However, I then got that job offer, and suddenly am *really* motivated to be done by the end of the May, so have been working much longer hours. As a result, my log now has now achieved "average" number of hours worked/day for April, and, if I keep up at this rate, I may wind up hiting record-breaking territory. I hope so, I really want this done and submitted, so I can go spend a couple of weeks in the US visiting friends and family before moving to Italy.

This morning my advisor sent me an e-mail letting me know that he'd been approached for a reference for one of the other positions for which I'd applied in the weeks before getting the offer. He asked me if I was still interested, or if I'm taking the offer I've got. I replied that I want the one I've got, and then sat down and sent letters to the other unis to which I've replied recently, letting them know that I have an offer, so unless something comes up outside my control (like visa issues or some such) I'm not available to be considered for their position. I've already had one "thanks for letting me know, congratulations, and even with out experimental experiance, with your diverse background, I think you would have been one of the top candidates for our position" reply. Made me feel quite good, actually. Now, if any of the outstanding applications had been to Norway, I might not have been so quick to accept this one, but, alas, the Norwegian positions went to other candidates, so I will have to console myself with having the Alps only 50 km away. (assuming that all goes well, the thesis gets finished on time, and nothing prevents me from moving)

Current total word count: 57,767 (not counting references)
Current total figure count: 363

However, it is only midnight--I'm not going to bed yet, so those numbers will change...
kareina: (BSE garnet)
The first part of the month was dreadful for my uni-work log--I worked way fewer hours a day than is typical for me as I dealt with other things. Then, personal stuff sorted, I started working more typical hours, but the average stayed lower than average, as one would expect from the slow start (the best way to keep averages high is start the record-keeping period with an extra push, and then just hang on). However, I then got that job offer, and suddenly am *really* motivated to be done by the end of the May, so have been working much longer hours. As a result, my log now has now achieved "average" number of hours worked/day for April, and, if I keep up at this rate, I may wind up hiting record-breaking territory. I hope so, I really want this done and submitted, so I can go spend a couple of weeks in the US visiting friends and family before moving to Italy.

This morning my advisor sent me an e-mail letting me know that he'd been approached for a reference for one of the other positions for which I'd applied in the weeks before getting the offer. He asked me if I was still interested, or if I'm taking the offer I've got. I replied that I want the one I've got, and then sat down and sent letters to the other unis to which I've replied recently, letting them know that I have an offer, so unless something comes up outside my control (like visa issues or some such) I'm not available to be considered for their position. I've already had one "thanks for letting me know, congratulations, and even with out experimental experiance, with your diverse background, I think you would have been one of the top candidates for our position" reply. Made me feel quite good, actually. Now, if any of the outstanding applications had been to Norway, I might not have been so quick to accept this one, but, alas, the Norwegian positions went to other candidates, so I will have to console myself with having the Alps only 50 km away. (assuming that all goes well, the thesis gets finished on time, and nothing prevents me from moving)

Current total word count: 57,767 (not counting references)
Current total figure count: 363

However, it is only midnight--I'm not going to bed yet, so those numbers will change...
kareina: (me)
minor panic starts to set in--I want my thesis submitted at the end of May, because I'd like to travel in the US in June, and I need to be in Italy to take up that job offer at the end of June (this assumes that all goes well with the visa application and paperwork etc.)

I lost some working time today heading in to town to talk to the woman at the Italian consulate. Yes, it turns out that Hobart has one. It is a one-woman office, and it isn't listed on the web page listing the Italian consulates in all of the other capitol cities in Australia, but when I couldn't get any of those phone numbers to work, I tried the phone book, where the Hobart consulate (but none of the others) is listed. When one dials that number the voice on the other end says "hello" (not "Italian consulate", nor even the name of the travel agency, which is on the door of her office). When I told her I needed to know what sort of visa to apply for, she told me I needed to bring in my application, passport, passport photos, and all supporting documents. This not being as helpful as I might have liked, I printed out the e-mail letting me know that I have been selected for the position, and went in. She read the letter slowly, moving her lips as she read the words (and so I guess that she learned English later in life), and then printed out the form for me (which is good, because I couldn't find any forms on their web page) and let me know that I'd need information on my salary and health insurance. She looked at me funny when I admitted that I didn't know what the salary was yet. (As one who has been on a student budget for most of my life, it is reasonably safe to assume that the salary will be "more than I'm used to", what more do I really need to know than that?) Armed with solid information, I then went back to uni and e-mailed my contact in Milan and let him know what details I'd need to apply for the visa. He replied with salary details (why, yes, it is more than I'm used to!) and let me know that he'd have a copy of the contract (in both languages) soon. So I can put "visa application" on the back burner till I get that, and keep focusing on thesis stuff.

Which is not as far along as I want it to be, but I am determined to succeed in the goal of done on time to travel in June. I've just completed the last calculation for chapter five, so I hope to give that one its final edit (and checking that the numbers quoted match the new, officially final version of the table of results) and get the figures together tomorrow. ok, that is a long list, it might go longer than just tomorrow, but I sure hope not much longer). Then I can fill in the last of the holes in chapter two and write chapter six (discussions and conclusions). I think I've been doing a good enough job with organizing the figures that there shouldn't be much time elapsed between finishing chapter six and having a good copy ready to bind and turn in.

Other things to do--investigate air fares and see how many places/friends I can manage to visit during early and mid June (if you want to see me on that trip, let me know. If you've got crash space, let me know that, and if there is a special event you think I'd want to attend during that month, let me know that too--I may not get to see everyone I want to see during that trip, but I can try!) Check out how long shipping takes, and figure out by when I need to ship stuff such that it gets to Italy around the same time I do. Then make time to open up the packed boxes and get [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t's stuff out and re-pack things before shipping. It is going to be a busy next few weeks! They say that sleep is for the weak, but, alas, if that is true, then I am week, because I am not willing to slight myself on sleep (though, I will squidge it around to odd times in the day as needed).
kareina: (me)
minor panic starts to set in--I want my thesis submitted at the end of May, because I'd like to travel in the US in June, and I need to be in Italy to take up that job offer at the end of June (this assumes that all goes well with the visa application and paperwork etc.)

I lost some working time today heading in to town to talk to the woman at the Italian consulate. Yes, it turns out that Hobart has one. It is a one-woman office, and it isn't listed on the web page listing the Italian consulates in all of the other capitol cities in Australia, but when I couldn't get any of those phone numbers to work, I tried the phone book, where the Hobart consulate (but none of the others) is listed. When one dials that number the voice on the other end says "hello" (not "Italian consulate", nor even the name of the travel agency, which is on the door of her office). When I told her I needed to know what sort of visa to apply for, she told me I needed to bring in my application, passport, passport photos, and all supporting documents. This not being as helpful as I might have liked, I printed out the e-mail letting me know that I have been selected for the position, and went in. She read the letter slowly, moving her lips as she read the words (and so I guess that she learned English later in life), and then printed out the form for me (which is good, because I couldn't find any forms on their web page) and let me know that I'd need information on my salary and health insurance. She looked at me funny when I admitted that I didn't know what the salary was yet. (As one who has been on a student budget for most of my life, it is reasonably safe to assume that the salary will be "more than I'm used to", what more do I really need to know than that?) Armed with solid information, I then went back to uni and e-mailed my contact in Milan and let him know what details I'd need to apply for the visa. He replied with salary details (why, yes, it is more than I'm used to!) and let me know that he'd have a copy of the contract (in both languages) soon. So I can put "visa application" on the back burner till I get that, and keep focusing on thesis stuff.

Which is not as far along as I want it to be, but I am determined to succeed in the goal of done on time to travel in June. I've just completed the last calculation for chapter five, so I hope to give that one its final edit (and checking that the numbers quoted match the new, officially final version of the table of results) and get the figures together tomorrow. ok, that is a long list, it might go longer than just tomorrow, but I sure hope not much longer). Then I can fill in the last of the holes in chapter two and write chapter six (discussions and conclusions). I think I've been doing a good enough job with organizing the figures that there shouldn't be much time elapsed between finishing chapter six and having a good copy ready to bind and turn in.

Other things to do--investigate air fares and see how many places/friends I can manage to visit during early and mid June (if you want to see me on that trip, let me know. If you've got crash space, let me know that, and if there is a special event you think I'd want to attend during that month, let me know that too--I may not get to see everyone I want to see during that trip, but I can try!) Check out how long shipping takes, and figure out by when I need to ship stuff such that it gets to Italy around the same time I do. Then make time to open up the packed boxes and get [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t's stuff out and re-pack things before shipping. It is going to be a busy next few weeks! They say that sleep is for the weak, but, alas, if that is true, then I am week, because I am not willing to slight myself on sleep (though, I will squidge it around to odd times in the day as needed).
kareina: (me)
So,not too long back there was this post to one of the geology e-mail lists I'm on which was a job advertisement: )

Since I've never done any sort of experimental work such as the ad describes, I sent them a quick note asking how essential such experiance was and should I apply without it, or do they already have a plethora of applicants? I received a quick reply suggesting that I send them a copy of my CV for "preliminary evaluation", so I sent them a CV along with the sentence "Please let me know if you have any questions, or think I should prepare a formal application". He replied with a question, which I answered, and the next contact was an e-mail from them suggesting that I contact the Italian consulate to ask about obtaining a visa becuase the paperwork for such things can take a long time, so better to start the process before any offeres are made or contracts signed. At which point I realized that while I had never said "I apply", and he had never said "yes, you should apply", that I was an applicant for the position. However, I still didn't really think that it would go anywhere, since I didn't have that experiance with experimental apparatus, and I'm not actually done with my degree yet.

Then he suggested that we do an interview/presentation via Skype, which went quite well, feeling more like a fun time spent with people who are interested in the same sorts of things I am than an "interview", and, while we talked about my research, we didn't really talk about the position, other than the fact that I've got experiance using an electron microprobe for monazite dating, and would I be willing/able to help them develop that technique on their microprobe. I was forthright with them about what portions of that process I've done myself, and how much is done by our probe operator, but indicated that I felt that I could learn the parts I've not done yet.

Today he writes to say that he can confirm that I've been selected, and that I should be there by late June so that we can sign the contract on 1 July, and that the budget includes travel, so that I should plan a trip back to Tasmania in August or September to get the additional training I need to do the monazite dating over there on my own...

I'm still stunned. I so have to get seriously to work to get my thesis done and submitted as soon as possible. I'd told them that the target submission date was the end of May, I wonder if I can do it sooner than that...
kareina: (me)
So,not too long back there was this post to one of the geology e-mail lists I'm on which was a job advertisement: )

Since I've never done any sort of experimental work such as the ad describes, I sent them a quick note asking how essential such experiance was and should I apply without it, or do they already have a plethora of applicants? I received a quick reply suggesting that I send them a copy of my CV for "preliminary evaluation", so I sent them a CV along with the sentence "Please let me know if you have any questions, or think I should prepare a formal application". He replied with a question, which I answered, and the next contact was an e-mail from them suggesting that I contact the Italian consulate to ask about obtaining a visa becuase the paperwork for such things can take a long time, so better to start the process before any offeres are made or contracts signed. At which point I realized that while I had never said "I apply", and he had never said "yes, you should apply", that I was an applicant for the position. However, I still didn't really think that it would go anywhere, since I didn't have that experiance with experimental apparatus, and I'm not actually done with my degree yet.

Then he suggested that we do an interview/presentation via Skype, which went quite well, feeling more like a fun time spent with people who are interested in the same sorts of things I am than an "interview", and, while we talked about my research, we didn't really talk about the position, other than the fact that I've got experiance using an electron microprobe for monazite dating, and would I be willing/able to help them develop that technique on their microprobe. I was forthright with them about what portions of that process I've done myself, and how much is done by our probe operator, but indicated that I felt that I could learn the parts I've not done yet.

Today he writes to say that he can confirm that I've been selected, and that I should be there by late June so that we can sign the contract on 1 July, and that the budget includes travel, so that I should plan a trip back to Tasmania in August or September to get the additional training I need to do the monazite dating over there on my own...

I'm still stunned. I so have to get seriously to work to get my thesis done and submitted as soon as possible. I'd told them that the target submission date was the end of May, I wonder if I can do it sooner than that...
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University of Milano, Italy.

Details to follow when I know more.
kareina: (me)
University of Milano, Italy.

Details to follow when I know more.
kareina: (BSE garnet)
Yesterday was a very busy day with fully 10 hours of uni related activities! I woke up energized and refreshed and got straight to work almost immediately after finishing my muesli for breakfast. I'd made arrangements to get a ride in to Uni with [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t, who had a meeting in the afternoon, and therefore told me that he planned to leave around 13:30. Round about noon he tells me that he'd like to leave soon. Yikes--I was still in the middle of doing uni stuff, so quickly hurried to a breaking point and packed a lunch. Arrived at uni by 1pm, and finished up the task upon which I'd been working there, then went downstairs and talked with my advisor. As always, this proved to be a useful and inspiring thing to do--I always leave his office with more information than I knew I needed. From there I went to work editing the PowerPoint presentation I'd done for a conference back in 2006 adding in more recent results. Managed to get that done just on time for my interview/presentation with the University of Milano (via Skype). They had a room full of people on their end--faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. I sent them the PowerPoint file, and then we did a voice-only Skype connection while they put my slides onto the screen on their end and advanced to the next slide when I told them to. In addition to the talk (which focused upon monazite dating) I also answered questions about the other research I've done, and sent them a few other files of things to look at while I spoke. We stayed connected for a good hour and a half all up, and it felt rather more like hanging out with a bunch of like-minded people than it did an interview. While I'd probably prefer the weather in Norway (I miss Alaskan weather and vegetation!) I felt very comfortable with these people and, should they offer me the position, it probably wouldn't take all that much effort on their part to convince me to take it. But, it is still too soon to say if I've got a chance at the job--I'm not their only applicant.

After that was done I stayed at uni for several more hours doing uni work, since I was so energized. I then came home, did yoga, did a bit of meditation for the first time ever, played with my hammer dulcimer, and went for a walk before finally relaxing enough from the high of the day to sleep.

Today I went back to uni to crush a few more samples, and, whilst there, take a few photos and blog about it on my geology blog. Next time I decide to do that many photos on that blog, I need to remember to work out in what order I wish to display them and add the last ones first--the silly program put each new photo on the top of the page, and I needed to drag them down to where they are meant to go, which got harder and harder to do as there were more and more photos to drag them past each time.

This evening I sent off yet another application--this one for a teaching position in Cape Town. That one I've mixed feelings about--I'd like to move some place with winter next, since I miss it, and I'm not certain I like the reputation that the political climate has either, but, it didn't take long to prepare a cover letter to accompany my CV. They say that once they've selected their top three choices they will fly them out for an interview. I don't know if I'll be one of those people, but if I am, the interview will be a chance for them to sell their area, and they will have to do a pretty good job at that before I'd say yes to that location...

Tomorrow I'm heading down to Geeveston with [livejournal.com profile] madryn_1960 for their annual Medieval Mayham festival, where the SCA puts on a display of dancing (that would include me), and archery and fighting. Hopefully it won't take too long, as I'd also like to finish up chapter five and get it off to my advisor. Granted, I've wanted to check of that task as complete for a while now.
kareina: (BSE garnet)
Yesterday was a very busy day with fully 10 hours of uni related activities! I woke up energized and refreshed and got straight to work almost immediately after finishing my muesli for breakfast. I'd made arrangements to get a ride in to Uni with [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t, who had a meeting in the afternoon, and therefore told me that he planned to leave around 13:30. Round about noon he tells me that he'd like to leave soon. Yikes--I was still in the middle of doing uni stuff, so quickly hurried to a breaking point and packed a lunch. Arrived at uni by 1pm, and finished up the task upon which I'd been working there, then went downstairs and talked with my advisor. As always, this proved to be a useful and inspiring thing to do--I always leave his office with more information than I knew I needed. From there I went to work editing the PowerPoint presentation I'd done for a conference back in 2006 adding in more recent results. Managed to get that done just on time for my interview/presentation with the University of Milano (via Skype). They had a room full of people on their end--faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. I sent them the PowerPoint file, and then we did a voice-only Skype connection while they put my slides onto the screen on their end and advanced to the next slide when I told them to. In addition to the talk (which focused upon monazite dating) I also answered questions about the other research I've done, and sent them a few other files of things to look at while I spoke. We stayed connected for a good hour and a half all up, and it felt rather more like hanging out with a bunch of like-minded people than it did an interview. While I'd probably prefer the weather in Norway (I miss Alaskan weather and vegetation!) I felt very comfortable with these people and, should they offer me the position, it probably wouldn't take all that much effort on their part to convince me to take it. But, it is still too soon to say if I've got a chance at the job--I'm not their only applicant.

After that was done I stayed at uni for several more hours doing uni work, since I was so energized. I then came home, did yoga, did a bit of meditation for the first time ever, played with my hammer dulcimer, and went for a walk before finally relaxing enough from the high of the day to sleep.

Today I went back to uni to crush a few more samples, and, whilst there, take a few photos and blog about it on my geology blog. Next time I decide to do that many photos on that blog, I need to remember to work out in what order I wish to display them and add the last ones first--the silly program put each new photo on the top of the page, and I needed to drag them down to where they are meant to go, which got harder and harder to do as there were more and more photos to drag them past each time.

This evening I sent off yet another application--this one for a teaching position in Cape Town. That one I've mixed feelings about--I'd like to move some place with winter next, since I miss it, and I'm not certain I like the reputation that the political climate has either, but, it didn't take long to prepare a cover letter to accompany my CV. They say that once they've selected their top three choices they will fly them out for an interview. I don't know if I'll be one of those people, but if I am, the interview will be a chance for them to sell their area, and they will have to do a pretty good job at that before I'd say yes to that location...

Tomorrow I'm heading down to Geeveston with [livejournal.com profile] madryn_1960 for their annual Medieval Mayham festival, where the SCA puts on a display of dancing (that would include me), and archery and fighting. Hopefully it won't take too long, as I'd also like to finish up chapter five and get it off to my advisor. Granted, I've wanted to check of that task as complete for a while now.

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