In the past week I applied for another job in Swiss land, this time in Lausanne and this time I actually did get a response (within 2 days). Day after tomorrow we are having a first meeting over Skype and then hopefully she will invite me to come and visit the lab which means I can go and see Fleur and HJ while I am there. I am not 100% sure it is the job I want, it is pretty similar to the work I do here, however the focus is a lot more on memory and cognitive processes.
I was also told about a position opening up in a lab in Sydney and sent my CV to the PI. As it turns out I will have to do my interview at the airport since the day that I arrive it the day the PI is flying out. I think that it would not be wise to take sleeping tablets, since they make me really groggy for a long time and I would hate to fall a sleep while talking to a potential boss.
Of course there is always the bad news, or not so good news, this morning I got an email that I would not be able to apply for the usyd fellowship. I did think that would be the case since my PhD supervisor had already mentioned how competitive it is and that I would be up against people with Nature and Science papers and while I do have a few publications none of them are even close to Nature/ Science level (not to worry besides winning a Nobel prize, having my work accepted into Science is one of my main goals. Also I am pretty sure that to get the Nobel prize I probably need that Science paper, it kinda goes hand in hand).
Holidays are over and YAY for me my bestie is also back in the lab, and NO things have not changed.. Just a few more weeks and then I will be away for my holidays though. For now I am ignoring the whole situation and being overly friendly and as far as I am aware she is also looking for another job so fingers crossed that both her and I find something soon! (Oh I just thought of a hilarious scenario, I would not be surprised if she applied for the same position in Swiss land.. the lab has 2 positions open so we might end up there together).
I am positive that I will find a new job somewhere. My number 1 is still Peter’s laboratory followed closely by going back Sydney (doing basically whatever) and finally finding my dream job wherever in the world (but it has to be my DREAM job) and yes I would even consider staying in French land.
application done!! It feels good to have submitted the thing it does not feel so good to have to wait another 4 months before I get the outcome.
I have still not heard from the Swiss man and am starting to doubt he will get back to me.. ah well, just not meant to be I guess. I did however, after encouragement from Lozzie, email a dude at UNSW. He did respond and was pretty positive, his money is tied up but he was willing to see if he could find some funds somewhere.. I will definitely meet up with him once I am in Sydney. And on that note I have now booked complete trip!! Mum got me a return ticket Paris-Singapore with her frequent flyer miles and I booked my Sinapore-Sydney tickets last week!! I am really looking forward to going back and catching up with everyone. Hopefully besides the UNSW meeting I will be able to meet up with few more potential bosses.
Work is coming along, although of course I am still having trouble with my immunohistochemistry. I have mainly focused on my second project since my student has to do a poster presentation in 2 weeks time. The lab has been deader than dead but I think that by next week more people will return.
Running has been pretty good, I have managed to go 3 times a week and although I do struggle to get going, once I do it is great!! This weekend I am doing my first 15 km run including a massive hill. The race we are running in September also has a hill and I figured it would be good to incorporate a hill into my training.
Things are pretty boring and I really miss have good friends near by. However in a few weeks I am going home for a few days, catching up with Judith and her baby and spending the weekend in Antwerpen with Conny and her GF. Last year we went to Laundry day and had a blast so this year we decided to go too. It has been ages since I had a dance so am really looking forward to it.
And everything is dead, I mean really even the town is like a ghost town.. no people nothing. Saturday I had lunch with a friend (yep found some new ones) and the main square , which is usually packed was empty. Initially I thought there
might be some festival going on or a national day of staying inside, but seeing that she is French and from Tours even she thought it was odd! Lunch was lovely and we celebrated her finishing off her last big experiments for her PhD and me that my final paper from my PhD got accepted. It only took 3 years, about a gazillion comments from reviewers and then I got the email that is was finally all good!!
Now all I need is to get an email telling me: Here is your fellowship go and do what ever you want for the next X years.. it is exciting and nerve racking at the same time. I am in way better place now than I was 2 weeks ago. I think it has to do with the fact that I am making a real effort to get out of this place. I have been working hard on my fellowship applications and also sent an email to a lab in Sydney to see if they had any opportunities for me to work there. I told Iain and Glenn that I want to come back and am hopeful that something will turn up sooner or later. The grants for Australian universities won’t be out until end of Oct/start of Nov I believe so will have to be patient for now.
The lab is dead, there are 2 students here and one of them is mine. I have been a bit distracted lately and felt really bad about it, but he is a smart guy (i thought for a second there that he had no clue what was going on) but as it turns out he does and I am really happy with all that he has done!! We are moving on to the next step in our experiment and I hope that it turns out as good as the previous one!
That is it for now! Fingers crossed there will be some news on the job front SOON