in Tours, and as you all know not too happy about it. It is summer holiday now, the university is dead. I have been having a hard time, especially the last few weeks. Luckily my work is keeping me rather busy and I do spend a lot of time at the other lab which is way more fun than being at my lab. I have given up on things getting better, I tried talking to the person in question and that was a total FAILURE. My initial response was then to go F*CK IT but that is WAY easier said than done.
I sent an email to the dude in Swiss land asking him if he received my application, I mean it was nearly 3 weeks with NO response. And then I got a reply: ” I am in Japan, will get back to you when I return.” OOPS.. I felt a bit stupid for sending the email, but then again WHY post a position and leave for an overseas trip?? Will see what happens, would be nice to get invited for an interview at least (and a good excuse to visit Fleur and HJ).
Been writing my fellowship application for the UK too, I sent off the first part to my prospective boss yesterday. It was really hard to write and I am not sure what he will think of it. We are moving to a totally different field, no more memory but Schizophrenia research. The whole idea is pretty cool and I can learn some pretty interesting stuff, but honestly I never really considered schizophrenia research so I have been reading heaps. The funny/weird thing is: it seems like everyone is pointing me into this research direction. First J, who has me applying for fellowships to work in his lab in Sydney. Then P, UK-boss, who said it might be easier to fund schizophrenia work than memory research and finally C, my French-boss, who is still looking for funding for me. She works a lot with Pharma companies and for me to get some money she asked them for a contract (I would have test some drugs for them, normally antidepressants) now however they want to move to schizophrenia research.. AND then I was reading that at Kings College they recently formed this consortium with pharma and different labs where their main goal is to develop medications for schizophrenia. I had a long chat with C about this ‘sudden shift’ and it seems that for the pharma companies, the patents on Fluoxetine are coming to an end and they are obviously looking for other ways to make BIG BUCKS. When I first got into research, during my undergraduate, I visited a pharma company and always thought that it would be way awesome to work there, MAKING MEDS to CURE people, have all the equipment in the world etc. Now I am not so keen, mainy because I realise that really these companies dont care too much about curing people but it is just about money. Also working at an university seems a lot more relaxed than working for the industry. I will never say never, but dont really think it is an environment that would suit me.
In other news: I started running again, I know I have started and stopped for the past 11 months, but this time we are actually training for a race. The Paris Versailles race: http://www.parisversailles.com. Will see how I go, so far running 3 times a week for exactly 1 week.. but usually once I have a little schedule I tend to stick to it. The good thing is I am training by myself which makes it easier to go when I can instead of having to arrange things with Bruno. The bad thing is that sometimes I do really need the extra motivation to actually go..