Thursday, March 4, 2010

A Report On My Interview

I'm sorry to take so long to update you on my interview. I have been feeling so tired since I got back.

I did not get a job offer. I found out that the department does not have the funding yet. They have funding to conduct a faculty search, but no money to fund the position yet. It seems a little weird, but I understand why they are handling it this way. A few years ago they had funding for a faculty position, but they could not find anyone, so the funding was withdrawn.

I met with all six of the faculty, all guys. They were very nice. I got a tour of all of their labs and was not entirely impressed. The labs are very old and look more like storage spaces than functioning labs. In spite of this, they are a very prolific group. They all publish several papers every year. The older faculty have published several books on their area of expertise. There are about 30 M.S. and Ph.D. students in the department.

I’m not sure that I would fit in with this group. I would be starting from scratch as far as equipment is concerned. Since I do molecular biology, I would need the equipment that molecular work requires and as some of us know, that can be very expensive.

Anyway I gave my seminar on Citrus Huanglongbing and I think it went well. The room was full. A few people came that were not students or faculty, but had heard what the topic was going to be and so they came. My seminar went for 45 minutes and I then got bombarded with questions that went on for 25 minutes.

If nothing more comes from this, at least I got to give a seminar on my favorite plant disease and I got a free trip to my home state.


makita said...

Wow! That's uh... mixed news. Did you get the sense that if and when funding becomes available you'd be pretty high on their list on candidates? It sounds like a challenge to work there, but at least you won't be bored out of your skull. There will always be work to do.

Joyce said...

It is a bit mixed. I think I would be pretty high on their list of candidates. I can say that because they have been searching for someone for almost a decade and they told me there are no other candidates besides me. They have a very specific set of criteria that makes it very challenging for them to find someone.

One thing that I am lacking is recent research experience. I think it would be advantageous if I could manage to do some research at my current job. I'm going to have to talk with my supervisor about that.