(2005-03-10: I signed the contract for my new job today. Original post below.)
I get a lot of questions about what I'll do when I'm finished with my PhD (somewhere around april 2005). Well, at the moment (2004-12-24, update 2005-02-23 further down), there are roughly three possibilities. In no particular order:
If you're interested in a PhD that can also implement his ideas in software? Who likes to get Building-Construction all communicating, knowledge-adding, value-adding over the Internet? I like to keep things simple and web-based. When programming is part of the job: server side software (linux), don't make me do visual basic autocad stuff :-) I'm writing regularly in this weblog, so if you'd like the research results to get a bit more exposure, this might help. I've also got two years of EU research project under my belt (eConstruct). email@example.com
I've done some additional browsing and thinking and there are three additional angles to pursue.
A bonus here would be that I'd be able to stay in the same research area. Visiting w78 conferences, perhaps taking part in a EU project... I like contact with other PhD's. You get the chance to meet smart people.
What might make this scenario a killer is when I could bring zope/plone's power to bear on the building&construction industry in this setting. I've got ideas, I've even implementing some of them in plone (yep, plone right in a PhD thesis). So: programming/designing instead of writing papers. "Doing it" instead of "writing how to do it". Dunno.
Skills? Thinking at moderately high levels, UML modelling. Writing skills. Thinking. Probably reasonably OK programmer, needs more experience. Uses unit tests, version control, runs linux since 1996. I've got a meeting next monday at a company that might be interested... Looking forward to it! What might the possiblities be?
What could make me pretty interesting here is a high level of versatility. I can do high level analysis, but I can also bash a database with rocks until it spits out the correct data: that might save a serious amount of money in a project.
I really wonder where I'll end up... hopefully somewhere around the beginning of april; somewhere where I can really contribute; somewhere where being honest and open doesn't hurt you. And earning a bit more than now wouldn't hurt: I want to be able to pay of my study debts before I turn 80...
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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