27 and a PhD

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Hello there, awesome reader. My name is Dr. 27. I'm older than that now, but I'm staying faithful to the origins of the blog.

This blog started 2 months before completing my PhD in a pretty southern university back in 2009. It was a way to practice my writing and take a break from all things thesis. My PhD is in a branch of structural biology where I studied some rather impressive stuff.

After completing the degree, I packed my life of 6 years in 3 days and moved to Canada to do a postdoc in a completely different field. Two years later, and after attending a lot of seminars, workshops and doing some much-needed soul-searching, I ended up getting out and looking for an alternative path to academia and industry.

The blog chronicles my mishaps, ideas, musings and tips on entering, staying and finishing grad school. It also talks about some (or a lot) of personal stuff. For a while, the blog became a place to talk about the frustrations of not knowing what to do after PhD. I wanted to explore alternatives to the traditional paths of research (academia, industry and goverment) whilst going back to my field of training (if at all possible). Eventually a job materialized. Follow my quest as I navigate the waters of being a staff scientist at a core facility.


July 2013
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Oh July, you’ve been one eventful motherlover. I turned 32. Hon is turning 32. Instruments have gone up and down. And even with that, when I was crunching numbers, the lab usage has gone up. I haven’t collected a whole lot of data, as I’ve been doing a lot of troubleshooting. Even managed to do a quick tutorial to a few members of my boss’s lab on how to maintain some pieces of equipment. The boss seems happy, though they can’t wait to have me back on the machine that’s broken so I can churn tons of data for them. I think that’s good.

I’ve been at work for almost 5 months. My time in NYC seems like a long time ago, instead of just 5 months. I still stay in contact with my NY peeps and we’re constantly asking questions about how our different instruments are working (or not). I still have access to the lab database of procedures, so I check every now and then the notes we gathered while I was in NY and relate that info to my current bosses. I had no idea how great my time in NY would be for my current position. I learned so much, in such a short amount of time. I definitely did good when I accepted that job offer. I only wish I could have done more. But my former boss there and I have a good relationship, so I feel free and open to for lab info and specs to compare to my instruments here.

I’m trying to do a good job to keep all of my superiors happy. I need a good evaluation. Otherwise, people will so-so and less than stellar evals are getting the axe. And real fast. There’s no chance to try to prove that you can improve. You’re just cut. And that sucks. And that’s a risk I can’t afford to take.

My in-laws are visiting in a few days. It’s going to be good to have hon’s family in the apartment and we’re both working hard to make the place pretty and comfortable for them. We get along well and are already making plans to celebrate both of our birthdays, plus their 33rd wedding anniversary during their visit.

Lots to do this month … and we’re not even halfway there.


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